The Quest For Greek Yogurt – Part 1

I, like may of my fellow Canadian bloggers, have watched our American friends wax poetically on the wonder that is Greek yogurt, jealous that they have multiple brands to choose from in their grocery stores, while we have longed for just one to show up in our own.

Oh sure, we might be able to find some Greek yogurt if we happen to have a local Greek/Mediterranean deli or market near us, but that isn’t a given, and you can probably guarantee it’s of the full fat variety, and not really suitable for every day consumption. And you’ll probably pay a pretty penny for it (as I did, way back when).

And yes, you can go to Starbucks and pick up their Greek Yogurt & Honey Parfait, but again, you are going to pay through the eyeballs for that, and you are sort of stuck with the flavour combination they give you. Still not a suitable supply.

I was about to give up my dreams of one day enjoying a Canadian, commercially available Greek yogurt. And then it happened.

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Liberté, from Montreal, Quebec, has finally come out with a non-fat Greek yogurt! So new even, that it’s not on their website.

 

You could hear the cheers across the country! No more envy of our American counterparts. No more straining regular yogurt to make something similar. No more cross border shopping just to get yogurt!

The real question is – how does it taste? And let me tell you, it is wonderful. Very thick, creamy, and delicious. Somewhat lower on the tangy scale (which I would like to see upped, but that’s personal preference). It appears to be widely available – here in BC, you can find it at Whole Foods, Choices Market, and IGA (and I’m sure others – I haven’t checked out all the stores, but I would imagine Planet Organic will carry it, and possibly Thrifty Foods). It does run on the pricey side, at over $5 for 500g, but I have seen it on sale twice now, so you can get good deals out there.

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Does the Greek yogurt quest in Canada stop? I don’t think so. I would love to see some local dairies making their own Greek yogurt. I would like to see different flavours, like we see in the US brands. Single serving containers would be nice, as would some organic varieties. This is definitely a huge leap in the right direction, but let’s not stop there. In fact, I think I will get in touch with some of my local dairy companies to see if anything is in the works. I would love to see more choices, and more competition (lower prices?) in our market place. Too demanding perhaps? Nah!

Stayed tuned for part 2 – hopefully I’ll have some good news from the other Canadian dairy companies 😀

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4 Comments on “The Quest For Greek Yogurt – Part 1”

  1. January 18, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    This greek yogurt seriously made my week last week. Haha. I eat it EVERY DAY now!

  2. January 18, 2010 at 9:54 pm #

    HOLLA
    I need to get my butt back to the store and see if they have some more in stock. Necessity!

  3. January 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

    IGA has been selling the Liberte Greek Yogurt for over 6 months now. I wish I had known you were looking for it, I would have told you!

  4. Laura
    March 3, 2011 at 6:58 am #

    OMG! President’s choice has a new Greek Yogurt that is to die for. I’ve tried the Zero Fat Strawberry and I’m hooked. it tastes like it’s 8% fat but it’s fat free. It’s my new favourite yogurt and I will gladly pay more for this. Please try this yogurt and you will be hooked…

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