I’m sure a lot of you, being huge Chobani fans, have heard that they opened up a free standing location in NYC.
It’s on Price Street in SOHO.
As always, Chobani is super awesome and they invited a handful of bloggers to come celebrate the opening with them and taste test some of the combinations.
I really loved the look of the Mediterranean yogurt bar. It’s so chic with the flat screens, chalkboard menu, and organized shelves.
Emily greeted us as soon as we walked in and eventually started off the night by telling us a little bit about Chobani’s history.
Dar was our guide through the tasting process and he was super knowledgeable and informative about the products.
Hamdi, the founder of Chobani, is a Turkish immigrant that wanted to change the way people looked at yogurt in the U.S. Greek yogurt is so different from our typical sugar filled options and he really wanted everyone to have the opportunity to try it.
Chobani crafted some amazing combinations for the new store and they use only the best quality ingredients. Turkish figs, Turkish pistachios, clover honey, and greek olive oil are among the tasty additions. Not to mention, they kept the prices really reasonable! Think about how much you spend at a froyo bar (or am I the only one that ends up spending $8 on a bowl?). You are getting healthy and natural greek yogurt with quality ingredients for way less.
The tasting began shortly after. Each serving comes with a cloth cover to remind you of the traditional greek yogurt straining process. Also, you get to keep the glass bowl! If you bring it back, you get 25 cents off your next yogurt bowl. How cool is that!?
We started with the Pistachio + Chocolate.
Now, the combination of pistachios and dark chocolate is amazing, but the mint is what really made this one!
We moved onto the Blueberry + Power.
It was good, but not my favorite. Maybe because these are typical ingredients that I use on my yogurt, so it wasn’t out of the ordinary for me.
Fortunately, we moved onto the savory combination which totally stole the show.
Cucumbers, salt, and pita chips with greek yogurt? Holy yum! Oh, did I mention that all of these are made with 2% so it’s extra creamy? You can get 0% by request, but I highly recommend the tiny bit extra fat for more flavor and texture!
Next up was also a winner! The Toasted Coconut + Pineapple was pretty ridiculous. The shredded coconut was massive and really paired well with the pineapple. I almost think it could have gone without the hazelnuts because the coconut was sort of similar in texture, but who doesn’t like some extra nuts on their yogurt, right?
They didn’t let us go without trying another savory combination, and thank goodness they didn’t because this is now my new go to at home!
Chobani with olive oil, genius! It was topped with sea salt and cracked pepper and finished with pita chips. Seriously guys, so yummy!
It was yummy to the point that I said I was leaving with a bottle of olive oil from their product wall (yes, they sell some of the quality toppings, too!). You could taste the quality in the olive oil from the first bite.
We weren’t done yet though. Next up was a traditional yogurt combination: seasonal fruit and granola. Yes, seasonal. All of their combinations will likely change for fall and winter!
The clover honey really stood out in flavor, which made it that much better than an at-home version of this for me. Dar also mentioned how they strategically prepare the yogurt cups so that each layered bite has a little bit of everything.
Okay, can you believe I’m still not done? We were so full at this point. Okay, that’s a lie because most of you already know I’m a bottomless pit. I can’t even get away with that one.
PEANUT BUTTER + JELLY. Holy crap guys. It’s topped with peanuts and grapes, too. Absurdly delicious. I couldn’t keep my spoon out of that bowl and I basically finished the whole thing.
Last but not least was the Turkish Fig and Walnut combination. I love figs and these ones were so tasty and delicious.
After eating this one, I went back for seconds on the PBJ. I swear I’m 26 and not 6 years old.
They closed the night by telling us about the water that they sell there. Here is an excerpt from their blog post about the new store.
Also debuting at Chobani SoHo is our philanthropically-driven line of water, Water for Water. We’ll contribute 100% of the net profits from each bottle sold to our Shepherd’s Gift Foundation to fund clean drinking water projects. So, drink up. Together, we can make a difference!
How awesome is that?
They gave us a goodie bag, too, which included water, a coupon, and Turkish hazelnuts!
Thank you so much Chobani, Emily, and Dar for hosting this tasting! it was unbelievable and I’ll definitely be back. I’ll also be thoroughly enjoying my olive oil and hazelnuts until then!