Wednesday, June 4, 2008

siggi's, Take Two

One of the first "fancy" yogurts I tried was siggi's Icelandic style skyr. I bought the pomegranate flavor at Whole Foods, and I thought it was OK. It didn't rock my world or present me with any revelations about yogurt, but it wasn't bad, either.

Given the price (well over $2), I didn't think that I would bother trying siggi's again. However, when I was at the store two nights ago, I thought that another flavor couldn't hurt. I'm trying to stay away from my beloved Fage because I don't think they use hormone-free milk, and I'm craving a nice, thick yogurt, which skyr promises.

When I opened the blueberry flavor this afternoon, I was pleasantly surprised by how beautiful it appeared - a light purple-pink shade that resembled raspberry mousse both in color and consistency. My expectations shot up immediately. I dug in, and found that damn, this yogurt is super thick. It certainly gives Fage a run for its money in terms of thickness.

But how does it taste? It is good, but not great. It is very lightly sweetened with agave, and while I am glad it is not an artificial sweetener, like the pomegranate, it is not sweet enough. There's something about pre-mixed flavors that I don't like. It has a very tart undertaste, which I think I like, but honestly am not sure how I feel about it.

Given its high level of calcium (20% of the RDA), low calorie and carb counts (120 calories and 13 grams of carbs in six ounces), and fat-free-ness, I'd probably try another flavor. It's too expensive ($2.69 at my local grocery store, Fairway) and not special enough to merit the price (unlike the sheep milk yogurt that I get every two weeks for the same amount). I should buy the plain and mix in my own flavoring. It's worth it as a once-in-a-while replacement for Fage.


Anonymous said...

You may know this, but Fage doesn't use milk from rBGH-treated cows:

Anonymous said...

Yeah, Fage is rBGH-free. It says it right on the container but it's in a little paragraph so you have to read all the text.