German, Greek, Asian: It’s a Three-Way Worldly Yogurt Food Fight!

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We told ya Around the World Week would be fun … and today the global foodie fun is coming at ya in the form of a Food Fight. But this isn’t just any old Food Fight … it’s a three-way from around the world with yogurt!

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We told ya Around the World Week would be fun … and today the global foodie fun is coming at ya in the form of a Food Fight. But this isn’t just any old Food Fight … it’s a yogurt-on-yogurt-on-yogurt battle from around the world!

A little better? Eh, let’s just roll with it! Today we’ve got Elli Quark German-style yogurt vs. Yoplait Greek Blended yogurt vs. Tarte Asian Yogurt. May the worldly yogurt battle begin! (And yeah, it was news to us that there was such a thing as German and Asian style yogurt, too. Talk about cool!)

Taste and Texture

Elli Quark German-style yogurt: A mix between cottage cheese and yogurt, Ellie Quark German-style yogurt is definitely more cheese-like than your usual yogurt. It’s thick and creamy (once stirred) like Greek yogurt, but less sour. Not overly sweet in the least, this comes in fun flavors like Pineapple (tropical!), Strawberry (probably the sweetest of the bunch), Lemon (refreshing!), Plain (really neutral tasting — kind of like cottage cheese that has no salt in it), and — our favorite — Red Velvet (hint of chocolate but really subtle). Overall, these are lightly sweetened with just an ever-so slight aftertaste of Stevia. Definitely a more subtle — yet yummy — taste than most commercial yogurts out there.

Yoplait Greek Blended yogurt: Also thick and creamy like your traditional Greek yogurt, the Yoplait Greek Blended yogurts have fruit blended in them for a sweet fruity taste with texture. We tried Pineapple and Coconut and both tasted very sweet, but it was nice and kind of fun to have pieces of pineapple and shredded coconut mixed in. Almost like you ordered a Greek yogurt parfait and someone mixed it all up for you!

Tarte Asian Yogurt: With a texture that is much, much more like your usual non-Greek type of yogurt, Tarte Asian Yogurt is creamy but not overly thick. Both sour and a little sweet at the same time, these come in more exotic flavors than you normally see in the yogurt section of the grocery store. There’s Mango & Coconut (more sour than we’d expect but good), Blueberry & Acai (tastes of berries), Strawberry & Guanabana (a more exotic strawberry and banana), Green Tea & Honey (by far the most surprising and fun of the bunch — just like green tea and honey!), and Plain (a little sweet but sour).

Winner: Each of these have a thing that we love about them when it comes to taste and texture. Elli Quark isn’t overly sweet and is incredibly thick and creamy, which we love. Yoplait has a really interesting texture (especially dig the Coconut). And while Tarte Asian Yogurt doesn’t have our favorite texture, it does have interesting flavors that we’ve never tried before. With that said, we pick ALL THREE OF THEM!

Nutritional Facts

Elli Quark German-style yogurt: Each 5.3-ounce container has about 80 calories, 0 grams of fat, 5 grams of sugar, 14 grams of protein and 15 percent of your calcium needs.

Yoplait Greek Blended yogurt: Also in a 5.3-ounce container, Yoplait Greek Blended yogurt has about 140 calories, 0 to 1 grams of fat, 18 grams of sugar, 11 grams of protein, 10 percent of your calcium needs and 20 percent of your vitamin D needs.

Tarte Asian Yogurt: A little bit bigger of a serving with 6 ounces, Tarte Asian Yogurt has about 120 calories, 0 grams of fat, 16 grams of sugar, 13 grams of protein and 30 percent of your calcium needs.

Winner: While we like that Yoplait has vitamin D and Tarte has lots of calcium, Elli Quark is the clear winner here. With fewer calories and more protein than the rest, it packs quite the little fill-ya-up punch!

Ingredient List

Elli Quark German-style yogurt: Made from milk from cows not treated with rBST and free of added sugars and gluten, Elli Quark is also vegetarian friendly (no gelatin) and all-natural. Sweetened with fruit, erythritol and Stevia, it’s a dang clean ingredient list and full of probiotics.

Yoplait Greek Blended yogurt: Also gluten-free and gelatin-free, Yoplait is full of probiotics and is sweetened with fruit and straight up sugar. All colors and flavors are natural, too.

Tarte Asian Yogurt: With all of the benefits of the first two, Tarte is sweetened with Stevia and sugar.

Winner: Seeing that Elli Quark and Tarte pretty much have similar ingredient lists, we declare them both the winner of the ingredient list!

And the Food Fight Champion Is…

While not one of these is bad, we declare the best worldly yogurt to go to Elli Quark German-style yogurt, with a close second from Tarte Asian Yogurt and not a far third-place ranking for Yoplait Greek Blended yogurt. Really, all three of these are good yogurt choices — full of probiotics and protein, tasty and all-natural. Elli Quark totally won it for its hands-down best nutritionals, but Tarte gave them a not-so-easy go of it with their super fun unique flavors. Yoplait Greek Blended rounded up the third due to its sugar content. But, again, these all make for a pretty healthy and tasty snack!

Have you ever had German or Asian yogurt before? Greek seems to be all the hype right now, but this just goes to show that busting out of your usual food rut can be pretty exciting! —Jenn


Comments

  1. Amanda says

    Quark isn’t yogurt. It’s a dairy product all it’s own, like cottage cheese or cream cheese and technically classified as a cheese. Living in Germany for 4 years, I can tell you no Germans eat this as a yogurt. They have yogurt, it’s thin like ours but not sweetened. Quark is used mostly in baking. Cheesecake is 100 times better when you use quark. Just because some weird American company uses quark as a yogurt doesn’t make it a German yogurt.

  2. Martin says

    Actually I’ve had this variety here in bay area and it is just like Fruchtquark (quark with fruits) from back home. It is labeled as quark and not yogurt. The confusion is most people are not having experienced quark in the states. The plain is also quite nice for Kasekuchen! Hopefully now they can make the large quantity!

  3. Gabi says

    OMG I’m so excited to see a true German Quark in the US! I bought some last night from a Whole Foods and it was exactly as I remembered it while growing up! I introduced it to my kids (ages 3 & 7) and they ate it up! Normally I have to force and bribe them to eat any kind of yogurt. So happy, you have no idea! Can’t wait to dust off my old German recipe book! =)

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