I've gotten a little tired of my usual Fage Total 0% and having to add sweetener and vanilla or cinnamon! I therefore decided to give Fage Total 2% with Honey a shot. I don't have much honey in my regular diet, but I do like it in theory, so I was excited to try this treat. Plus I loved the plain Fage Total 2% Yogurt and the fruit flavored Fage Total 2% Cherry Greek Yogurt (although the Peach - not so much).
The first thing I have to say about this: there is a LOT of honey. When I first started eating this, the honey/yogurt combination was great. I wasn't expecting the sweetness of the honey to go so well with the creamy richness of the yogurt, but they were perfect together. The way I ate this was to take a little bit of honey on the tip of my spoon and then dip the honeyed spoon in the yogurt half of the container. I let the flavors mingle in my mouth - yum! But after about eating about halfway through the entire amount of honey in the container, the sweetness got to be a little too much. I guess the good thing about having the honey in a separate compartment is that you don't have to go through all of it.
Fage is an all natural yogurt snack, and the ingredients are simply, Strained Yogurt [Grade A Pasteurized Skimmed Milk and Cream, Live Active Yogurt Cultures (L. Bulgaricus, S. Thermophilus)], Honey (20 %).
I've been on a big Fage Greek Yogurt kick lately, ever since I discovered how much creamier and richer the 2% is than the 0% (read the review of Fage 2%). I decided to branch out from my standard pot of 2% to try the fruited flavors available at the grocery store. I vacillated between 2% with Cherry and 2% with Peach, and in the end picked up both. The Cherry flavor is what I tried first though.
I wasn't sure exactly how to eat this - are you supposed to mix in the cherry goo first, or spoon up little bits of each and let it mix in your mouth? I decided on the latter, as the yogurt package advises not stirring the product. I'm usually not the biggest fan of cherry, but this was DELICIOUS . The tart and sweet jam-like confection blended perfectly with the smooth, creamy yogurt and before I knew it, the cup was finished.
Each 5.3 ounce container of Fage Total 2% Cherry Yogurt provides 130 calories, 2.5 grams of total fat of which 1.5 grams is saturated (4% and 8% of the daily value), 2% of the DV for sodium,no fiber, 17 grams of sugar and 11 grams of protein.
Greek yogurt can be a great buy - it's a good sour cream substitute, and it offers a ton of protein - but some people find that it tastes sour and unappealing. In the review of Fage Total 0%, Tanya remarked that the yogurt was sour and acidic. I agree (although I think it's much better when you add some Splenda or honey), but I was determined not to give up on Greek yogurt entirely. I decided to try Fage Total 2% Yogurt, hoping that the little bit of added fat would help the flavor.
I picked up a 7-ounce container of the stuff for $1.99 at the grocery store (I think this was an anomaly, and most single-serving containers are 6 ounces, but the nutrition stats listed here are for the 7-ounce size). It was certainly more expensive than other yogurts, but I was willing to pony up the extra cash in an attempt to satisfy my protein-rich, creamy dairy craving. I added a packed of Splenda and stirred, hoping for the best. As it turns out, the extra fat goes a LONG way in helping this yogurt's taste. While the 0% can be sour-tasting, the 2% is much, much creamier and more appealing. It was like eating a full-fat dessert but with a fraction of the fat and calories (Fage Total has twice the number of calories).