Thursday, March 17, 2011

CHOBANI Greek Yogurt Review/Giveaway!!!!


I was recently given the opportunity to do a review of CHOBANI Greek Yogurt! I live fairly close to the CHOBANI plant and also to their parent company AGRO-FARMA! I have driven by the plant a few times and I am proud to say that CHOBANI is made and produced in Upstate NY!! One of the best things (at least to me) is that CHOBANI uses milk from local-dairy farmers! Any company that supports the local farms/businesses gets a HUGE A in my book and is also a gigantic contributing factor is the products that I buy for my family. But that isn't all that puts CHOBANI at the top of my list, here are other reasons:
  • All natural. No preservatives. No artificial flavors. 
  • It's made with real fruit
  • It has TWICE the protein of regular yogurt
  • It is a good source of calcium

CHOBANI'S expert team is committed to bringing you products made with only natural ingredients that are not only the highest quality but also taste great too. At Chobani, our secret isn't an ingredient but a passion and love for what we do…and a man who goes by the name of Mustafa.

Mustafa Dogan is Chobani’s Master Yogurt Maker. He’s an artisan armed with years of yogurt-making experience and is responsible for crafting the rich, deliciousness that is Chobani. Mustafa custom blends special yogurt cultures just for Chobani. We add these to the milk that we receive daily from local farms to make yogurt. We then strain this yogurt to make it outrageously creamy and ridiculously high in protein.

This unique straining process is what makes Chobani Greek Yogurt “Greek” and full of flavor and health benefits:
·      Free of synthetic growth hormones: No rBST-treated milk.
·      Includes 5 live & active cultures, including 3 probiotics.
·      Gluten-Free and Kosher-Certified.
·      Safe for people with corn, nut and soy allergies.

Like I said earlier: I was lucky enough to have a case of 12 assorted yogurts hand delivered to my front door by a CHOBANI employee (which they are welcome to do ANYTIME **hint**hint**) The flavors that I received were: blueberry, pineapple, pomegranate, strawberry-banana, raspberry, black cherry, vanilla, 0% plain, 2% plain, mango, peach and honey. (there is also lemon and strawberry flavors available)


My overall thoughts on the product = DELICIOUS!!!! I loved that the pomegranate was actually the pomegranate seeds and the mango had HUGE chunks of mango in it! But my favorite was the blueberry - it was creamy and smooth and the flavoring was out of this world!! When I got to the bottom of the container I wanted more! I'm sure my kids would love this too but for now I'm being selfish and I don't really want to share it with anyone :) (p.s. while writing this review I eventually gave in to my kids salivating mouths and let them share a container of the Honey Yogurt - and they ate it all up)


I did make bread using some of the plain yogurt though - here is the recipe:

Lemon-Blueberry Chobani Loaf



Serves: 10
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 50 minutes
Calories per serving: 290
Lemon-Blueberry Chobani Loaf


Ingredients

1 1/2 C+ 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour (if you’re skipping the fruit, you can also skip the last Tbsp of flour)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 C Plain 0% Chobani Greek Yogurt
1 C + 1 Tbsp sugar
3 extra-large eggs
2 tsp grated lemon zest (approximately 2 lemons)
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 C canola oil
1 1/2 C blueberries, fresh or frozen, thawed and rinsed
1/3 C freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8 1/2 by 4 1/4 by 2 1/2-inch loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease and flour the pan.

Sift together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt into 1 bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the Chobani, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, lemon zest, vanilla and oil. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix the blueberries with the remaining tablespoon of flour, and fold them very gently into the batter. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 (+) minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 cup lemon juice and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside.

When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before flipping out onto a cooling rack. Carefully place on a baking rack over a sheet pan. While the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in (a pastry brush works great for this, as does using a toothpick to make tiny holes that draw the syrup in better). Cool.

Nutrition Information: Calories 290, Fat 14g, Sat Fat 2g, Protein 7, Carbohydrate 39g, Fiber 4g, Sodium 100mg
Courtesy of Elizabeth Kurtz from Gourmet Kosher Cooking

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Now on to the GIVEAWAY!!!!
I want to just take a second to thank CHOBANI for the opportunity to have done this review! And as a thank you to my readers, one lucky person will win a sampler case (12 out of the 14 flavors available) . 
- How To Enter:

  • This giveaway is open to U.S. Residents, 18 years or older.
  • Leave a separate comment (on this blog) for each entry
  • Please be sure to include your email address with your mandatory entry - if I do not have your email address I won't have any way to get in touch with you if you win!  
  • If you have any questions on how to enter - please do not hesitate to send me a email to: 365daysasmom@gmail.com
-Mandatory Entry (Worth 1 Entry):
  • Visit the sponsors website, have a look around and leave a comment telling me what flavor you think you would like the best. If you already have a favorite let me know that too!
-Bonus Entries (Optional):
  • Follow this blog publicly via Google Friend Connect - if you already do be sure to let me know (1 extra entry) 
  • Post on your Facebook wall about this giveaway and leave a link back to this blog. You can do this once per day (2 extra entries per post) *hint* click the share to facebook button at the bottom of this post 
  • Follow this blog using networked blogs (1 extra entry) 
  • Follow me on Twitter (1 extra entry)
  • Follow my Facebook Page (3 extra entries)
  • Vote for me on Picket Fence Blogs - you can do this daily (2 extra entries per vote)
  • Tweet about this giveaway. You can do this twice per day (2 extra entries per tweet) 
    • you can use this tweet = #Review and #Giveaway!! #Win a case of  @CHOBANI greek yogurt from @365daysasmom http://tinyurl.com/5vehadz
  • Follow the sponsor on Facebook - Please tell them I sent you (it makes me feel special) - (2 extra entries)
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  • Sign-up  to receive the sponsors newsletter and special offers!! (2 extra entries)
  • You can also earn one additional entry by using any of the other share buttons at the bottom of this post (1 extra entry per additional method - let me know how you shared)
  Remember, to please leave a separate comment ON THIS BLOG for each entry. And please enter only in the ways listed above. I reserve the right to delete comments not adhering to the above entry guidelines. The last day to enter this will be March 29 . I will use random.org to pick a winner. The winner will have 48 hours to contact me, if I have not heard from the winner within that amount of time I will pick a new one

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Suzanna said...

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Suzanna said...

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TJBookarts said...

I saw your post on Facebook today and came over to check out your review. I love the Chobani plain yogurt as I like to add my own fruit and sweeteners depending on my taste for the day. I did check out their site and the black cherry would be my first choice for flavored yogurt. Thanks for the bread recipe. I have some blueberries in the freezer that have been patiently waiting for me to make something with them.

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Justin and Kristin Neal said...

I would love to try the black cherry vanilla! yum!
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Carolyn said...

I love Strawberry Chobani.

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Sarah said...

Lemon!! :)

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gutzeemom said...

i love any of them


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gutzeemom said...

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gutzeemom said...

i visited Chobani site and looked it over

Brenda said...

I am new to greek yogurt. I have only tried a couple flavors. I like that they have lemon. I would love to try. I also love the recipes on the site!

Brenda said...

I voted for your site on picket fences!!!

Myria - Beloved Bijou said...

I vote for the black cherry!

kdoltz@gmail.com said...

My current personal favorite is PINEAPPLE! I'm dying to try lemon but I haven't found it anywhere yet.

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kdoltz@gmail.com said...

I posted the link about this contest on my Facebook page. My FB is locked down to friends only, but I can send you a screen shot if needed :)

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kdoltz@gmail.com said...

I follow Chobani on FB!

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kdoltz@gmail.com said...

I have signed up for Chobani's newsletter!

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