What do you do when you have a fridge full of yogurt and no plans for Halloween?
Have a yogurt party, of course!
Last Tuesday I realized that – despite making plenty of Halloween-themed recipes – I had no actual plans for Halloween. I’m too old to go trick-or-treating (unfortunately!), too cheap to buy tickets for any Halloween events, and boozy parties just aren’t my scene.
However, I did have a lot of yogurt. Over 27 pounds (12 kilograms) of yogurt.
The good people at Chobani* were generous enough to give me quite the gift basket. When the ‘CHOteam’ delivered the yogurt, the whole time I was just standing there, open-mouthed, thinking: Wait, I’m getting how much yogurt!?
Just take a look at all this yogurt! (This more than compensated for my lack of trick-or-treating)
As it turns out, Friends + Yogurt + Lazy, Half-Baked ‘Costume’ = Happy Halloween!
After having friends and family people taste test all of the yogurts, I have some yogurt reviews for you. Plus, a recipe (which is a single-serving recipe, but can be easily doubled, tripled, etc.)
First up, the reviews!
The yogurt flavors I received were:
Taste and Texture
Overall, everyone loved the yogurt! Even people who claimed they were ‘not yogurt people’ enjoyed eating bowls/containers of yogurt! Generally speaking, the fruit tasted surprisingly fresh and real, and the yogurt was a little tangy without being sour.
The 2% yogurt was much creamier than the fat-free, and therefore was tastier. But that’s hardly surprising.
The mango yogurt deserves a special mention as it was widely considered the favorite. This 2% yogurt was very creamy, and the fruit actually tasted like mango (always a plus)! A ‘Highly Recommended’ ribbon should also go to the coconut yogurt. Passionfruit also received some votes for best in show.
There was a slight dispute over the banana yogurt. Personally, I found the banana taste a little ‘artificial’ and too sweet (like a lot of banana-flavored foods). However, others enjoyed it a lot and a didn’t share my criticisms.
Then we come to the plain yogurt. Smooth and creamy? Definitely. Sour? Definitely! If you’re not used to (or don’t like) the tartness of plain Greek yogurt, then you probably won’t enjoy this yogurt by itself (for suggestions on how to improve the taste of plain Greek yogurt, see this post).
However, the plain wins some brownie points because it has no added sugar. The flavored versions all contain sugar (except for the honey flavor, which – not surprisingly – contains honey instead).
Fruit on the Bottom
The yogurt was not understood by all.
As someone who (a) eats a lot of yogurt; and (b) always reads food labels, the whole ‘fruit on the bottom’ thing didn’t concern me. You can either mix in the fruit, or enjoy the contrasting tart and sweet layers – no problems, right?
Yes, problems. The whole concept seemed to cause some confusion. For one thing, most taste testers didn’t realize the fruit was on the bottom! One person seemed particularly perturbed by it – not naming any names… Maddy.
In the decades-old battle of blended vs. fruit on the bottom, I’m voting for blended yogurts. And not just to save Maddy some confusion.
While this packaging isn’t available everywhere, some flavors of Chobani yogurt are sold in ‘pouches’. They’re essentially squishy, squeezable bags of yogurt.
I mean no disrespect to the generous people who gave me this yogurt, but the whole squeezy bag thing was universally considered weird. The yogurt itself wasn’t weird, just the packaging.
Kind-of-Relevant Fun Fact: In some parts of Canada, milk is sold in bags.
To make my ‘Yogurt Party’ seem a little more like a frozen yogurt bar, I had a few toppings. To be exact, I had a few small dishes filled with chocolate chips, peanuts, blueberries, strawberries, cantaloupe (rockmelon), shredded coconut, Peanut Butter Snickers, and – my all time favorite – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
One of my friends has declared that peanuts and yogurt is her ‘new favorite thing’.
As for adding chocolate to yogurt? ‘This would be really good if it didn’t have chocolate,’ said no-one ever.
Please excuse the segue, but Greek yogurt is ideal for overnight oats! I recommend using a sweetened yogurt (or add some maple syrup/other sweetener to the oats).
The recipe below uses my personal favorite from the Chobani gift basket, the coconut yogurt. For this recipe you’ll need either a 5.3 oz container of yogurt (standard size in the US) or a 140g ‘pouch’. This is approximately equal to ½ cup of yogurt.
If you can’t find Chobani coconut yogurt (or can’t eat dairy), then try a vanilla or honey flavored yogurt (Greek or regular, dairy or non-dairy).
Are you a fan of flavored/plain Greek yogurt? Please feel free to add your review(s)!
Reminder of the Day:
For everyone in the US, don’t forget there’s a mid-term election tomorrow!
- For the overnight oats:
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 Chobani Coconut Greek yogurt*
- ⅓ cup milk, plus extra
- 1 orange, peeled and chopped
For the mix-ins:
- 1 - 2 tablespoons shredded coconut
- 1 tablespoon slivered almonds
- 1 - 2 tablespoons chopped dried apricots (or raisins)
- In a large bowl or container, combine the rolled oats, vanilla extract and Greek yogurt and ⅓ cup milk. Add the chopped orange and mix until completely combined.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap (or put the lid on the container) and leave in the fridge overnight.
- In the morning, stir about three-quarters of the coconut, almonds and dried apricots into the overnight oats. If the oats are too solid/thick, mix in some more milk until it reaches your desired consistency.
- Transfer the oats into a prettier bowl (optional), and top with the remaining mix-ins. Enjoy!