Friday, February 12, 2016

Review: Chobani flip Sriracha Mango Greek Yogurt

I mentioned in my most recent Chobani review that there were some peculiar flavors jumping off the shelves at me at the store.  Peculiar because they just seemed like odd combinations.  Well, today's container of this Chobani flip Sriracha Mango Greek Yogurt is another one of those seemingly peculiar flavor combinations.  Sweet and spicy or sweet and salty or all of the above...I'm not quite sure.  What I do know is Sriracha is spicy/hot and it seems odd to mix it with sweet mangoes.  What I also know is that this container is 5.3 ounces and has 190 calories and twelve grams of protein packed into it.  It's also all natural, kosher and vegetarian.  I think this one set me back about $1.25 at Kroger.

In that this is a flip product, it comes in the classic design of Greek yogurt in one compartment and then the mix-ins in the other compartment.  I'll let Chobani describe what each entails:  "Mango Low-Fat Yogurt with Sriracha-Coated Rice Crisps, Mini Sesame Sticks, and Roasted and Salted Cashew Pieces."  I will point out that the Mango yogurt did have some chunks of mango in it and that was something that I did not expect.  I just expected mango-flavored, not actual mangoes.  That was a nice addition.  In terms of the mix-ins, they were definitely present but there was only an adequate amount of them.  They smelled salty and nutty and the Greek yogurt smelled fruity.  From a presentation perspective, I've got to give Chobani a pretty solid grade here.

Starting with the Greek yogurt to taste (of course), it was moderately creamy and did have some nice sweet mango taste.  It wasn't potent, but it was enough for me to tell it was mango.  The chunks also brought in some nice texture to break up the milkiness of the yogurt itself.  Next, I primarily wanted to taste the impact of the Sriracha, so I went straight for the Sriracha-coated rice crisps and while I could definitely tell they had a coating of the sauce, it wasn't put you on your rear end hot.  It was just "warm."  The rest of the mix-ins were as I'd expect and as I was making my way through them, they reminded me of the snack mixes that I sometimes see at various bars (I've been to more than my fair share).  The last step was to obviously mix everything together and the amount of mix-ins seemed small when standing alone, but when mixed with the yogurt, it was just right as it had a nice and even dispersion of both containers.  I don't know why I doubted them, but I'm sure Chobani planned it this was in the end.  Regardless, what I got was an interesting mix of spicy, salty and sweet.  They all worked well together as the sweet mango yogurt cooled down/tamed the spice and salt of the total package.  The mix-ins also brought nice crunch to give this solid texture to mix with the smoothness of the yogurt.

Buy It or Fly By It?  I've got to admit, this one wasn't too bad.  Certainly not the first thing I'd grab off the shelf when at the store, but definitely not a bad food to eat.  It was tasty enough to get a BUY IT rating and if curiosity takes you over some day, do not be shy about grabbing this one.  It's worth a shot.


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