Greek Yogurt Review: FAGE is my Favorite!

by Nicole on April 7, 2009


This is a compensated review from BlogHer and Fage.

When I was approached by BlogHer to receive and review a free case of FAGE Total Greek Yogurt, I almost jumped up and down in excitement!  You see, I’ve been devoted to FAGE Greek Yogurt for over a year now and had already been planning to write a blog post about it. The free case of yogurt was just an added bonus!

So what’s so great about FAGE Total Greek Yogurt?  Lots of things!  But what’s most important to me is that the yogurt is 100% natural and tastes amazing! FAGE is made without any extra ingredients, additives, preservatives, thickeners or stabilizers.  Plain yogurt should basically have only two ingredients: milk and live active yogurt cultures.  That’s it!  And that’s all you’ll get when you eat FAGE Total yogurts.

I was so excited when the Fed Ex guy arrived with my box full of ice-packed yogurt!  Although I buy containers of plain FAGE weekly at Trader Joe’s, I had never tasted any of the flavored varieties.  I opened the box to find samples of  lowfat (2%) Honey, Peach, Cherry, and Strawberry-flavored FAGE as well as a few containers of the plain, nonfat yogurt.  SCORE!

Fage Greek Yogurt Flavors

Now first of all, let me tell you a little bit about Greek-style yogurt.  You probably already know that it is thicker and creamier than regular yogurt, but perhaps you don’t know why.  Greek-style yogurt is strained to remove much of the watery whey.  This concentrates the milk solids and results in a thick, luxurious yogurt that is packed with protein.  Now, if the  yogurt is made from whole milk, the end product is also filled with an outrageous amount of fat!  Full fat Greek-style yogurt is absolutely delicious, but should certainly be more of an occasional indulgence than an every day snack.

But this is where FAGE Total 2% and 0% come in.

FAGE has managed to create lowfat and nonfat Greek-syle yogurts that are creamy, delicious and indulgent with tons of protein and little to no fat!  I am not a non-fat yogurt girl so my favorite is the FAGE Total 2% yogurt.  One cup (8oz) of FAGE Total 2% has only 150 calories, 4.5 grams of fat (3g saturated), and a whopping 20 grams of protein!!  And the best part?  It is so creamy and delicious, it feels like you are eating something sinful!  Seriously, this is the only yogurt I will buy now.  FAGE Total 2% has ruined all other yogurts for me!

And for those of you who prefer something completely nonfat, the FAGE Total 0% is pretty good as far as nonfat yogurts go.  One cup of FAGE Total 0% contains 120 calories, 0 grams fat, and 20 grams of protein. While I can eat the 2% yogurt by itself, I find that the nonfat has a slightly strange flavor (like I said, I’m not a nonfat girl!) so I like to pair it with a drizzle of honey or some fresh fruit.  And I  definitely feel that this is the best nonfat Greek-style yogurt out there!  I’ve tasted just about every brand of yogurt that’s available in California and there are no nonfat yogurts that even come close!  And yes, I have tried the Trader Joe’s brand of Greek yogurt. It might be cheaper, but it just doesn’t compare to FAGE.  It really doesn’t.

And I’m not kidding when I say I’ve tried just about every brand of yogurt out there.  When we lived in Europe, I fell in love with the delicious plain yogurts available there.  They were made without any extra ingredients, stabilizers or preservatives and for the first time I started craving and snacking on plain yogurt.  When we moved back to the states, I had a really hard time finding yogurt that compared to what I had grown accustomed to eating.

I set out on a quest to find the best yogurt available here and was disappointed to find that almost everything had additives and stabilizers in it.  But I tried them all anyway.  And I was disappointed over and over again.  And just when I had resigned myself to start making my own yogurt at home, I discovered FAGE. It tasted so great that it seemed almost too good to be true.  And I haven’t bought anything else since!  And although I still want to try making my own yogurt someday, I really don’t want to stop eating my FAGE!

So I’ve talked a lot about the plain varieties of FAGE Total yogurts, but what about those fruit flavors?  It’s true that I had never purchased any of the fruit-flavored varieties, and that’s because I was afraid that they would be too sweet or artifical tasting and quite frankly I didn’t want to ruin my love affair with my favorite Greek-style yogurt.  But how wrong I was!

Fage Cherry Yogurt

I love every single flavor! The yogurt containers come with a cute little fruit cup attached to the side so you can decide whether to mix the fruit into the yogurt or just add a little bit of fruit flavor to each bite.  The fruit, although definitely sweetened with sugar, tastes like real fruit!  And although the ingredient list does get a bit longer for the fruit-flavored yogurts, it’s certainly shorter than most store-bought fruit flavored yogurts!

For example, here is the ingredient list for FAGE Total 2% with Strawberry:  Grade A pasteurized Skimmed Milk and Cream, Live Active Yogurt Cultures, Strawberries, Sugar, Corn Starch, Strawberry Juice Concentrate, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Natural Flavor, Xantham.

And here are some quick nutrition facts for one 5.3 oz. container of fruit-flavored FAGE Total 2%: 130 calories, 2.5 grams fat (1.5g saturated), 18 grams total carbohydrate, 10 grams protein.

Not too bad for something that tastes like an indulgent dessert!  In fact, I’ve already purchased some more of the fruit-flavored FAGE and I’ve been using it to satisfy the after-dinner sweet tooth I’ve recently developed.  Trust me, eating a container of FAGE is a better choice than a bowl of ice cream!  And quite frankly, I feel just as satisfied.

Now I know that many of you are already as addicted to FAGE as I am.  I see it in your shopping carts, I’ve read your blog posts and I’ve heard you talking about it on twitter.  But what I want to know is, what’s your favorite way to eat it?  I love eating it both plain and drizzled with honey.  But it’s also wonderful topped with fresh fruit…especially chopped mangoes!  I also like to add a handful of granola when I’m feeling a little crunchy.

Greek yogurt is also great to use in place of sour cream or mayonnaise when you want to lighten things up without losing a creamy texture.  I use it often in dips and dressings and Greek yogurt is a must if you want to make a great tzatziki.  Once you start using it, you’ll find the possibilities are endless!

So have I convinced you to try FAGE yet?  Would it help if you got your own free case of FAGE delivered to your door?  I thought so!

BlogHer is giving away a case of FAGE yogurt every single day for the next 30 days!  SERIOUSLY! All you have to do is leave a comment sharing your thoughts about FAGE and you could have the chance to win a case for yourself! Just head over to BlogHer now to find out the details!

And to learn even more about FAGE products, they have a wonderful interactive Web site that will tell you anything you need to know. In fact, why don’t you head over there now?

And one last thing…

If you’re going to eat FAGE Greek yogurt, you need to learn to pronounce it!  No, it doesn’t rhyme with ‘rage.’  FAGE is pronounced “fah-yeh.” Now say it aloud with me…FAH – YEH!


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10 Dan May 10, 2013 at 1:38 am

I ate Chobani every day for two years. One day the Fage was on sale, so I bought those instead. Let me tell you. Please take the advise on the package and DO NOT STIR. The texture is so light, airy and rich; just like cheesecake. The cherry is the best. The same satisfaction of cherry cheesecake with no guilt. I scoop some yogurt on the spoon followed by some fruit. I agree the fruit opening is narrow but I get by just fine. I will be buying Fage for now on.

11 Momma May 7, 2013 at 12:33 am

We’re far behind the norm as usual since we just recently found this item in our supermarket. I’m enjoying using it in my recipes to replace high fat ingredients however the man hasn’t quite grown to enjoy the plain taste. I’m sure with a little more experimenting we’ll find a nice mix of seasonings he will enjoy with it. Great review, we linked to it.

12 Brian B January 10, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Love FAGE greek yogurt. This is what yogurt was intended to be. The point that it should be strained milk with bacteria and thats it is correct. Yogurt is a form of sour milk. It should tast sour plain. Americans have grown up with what they think is yogurt, but is a over SUGARED form of yougurt because you can’t stand the real taste. Please put down the over sugared yogurt, with the process sugar sub toppings and enjoy the real thing, your body will thank you for it. Also as far as the do not stir thing with the fruit container combos. Just tilt the fruit and squeeze it on top of the yogurt and do not stir. Plunge your spoon down and take a little topping and some yogurt.

13 Cindy Sexton September 12, 2012 at 5:07 am

When the Greek yogurt rage started, I decided to give in and try a container of Stonybrook honey yogurt. There was a cute little story under the lid about how the owner & his wife first discovered Greek yogurt on a vacation to Greece and how it was served with honey, making it “pure ambrosia”. When I went back to find it again, the store wasn’t selling it anymore. I never found it again. I tried Chobani, but it was horrible blended yuck.

Then I discovered Fage. My yogurt life has changed forever. I keep at least a 2 week supply of the 2% w/honey at all times. My heart sinks whenever I go to the store to stock up and the shelf is empty. At Giant, it is found in the natural health food section and at Target it is there with the other yogurt. The other day, I went to Giant and they were out because they had just had a sale and underestimated the demand. The dairy manager saw the look of disappointment on my face and asked me if I would survive, I answered “I don’t know.” I meant it. Isn’t that funny? Luckily, Target was in stock.

My favorite way to eat Fage is to take a small bit of honey on my spoon and then take a scoop of the yogurt and eat them together. yummmm.

I tried the fruit flavored varieties, but I can’t say I’m much of a fan. The honey has me hooked.

14 Rose G July 21, 2012 at 4:14 am

I saw several ads promoting Fage yogurt….So after searching several stores I found it at a store about an hour from where I lived. I bought 4 singles with strawberry…I was excited to try the yogurt. I had heard so much about….well let me tell you it was the worse yogurt I have ever tried before. So what a waste of money it is…it was terrible…I will not suggest this terrible yogurt to anyone…its bitter with the fruit it tastes alittle better but to eat it plain is out of the question….

15 Debbie April 1, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I love Fage but I can no longer buy the singles. It’s just too annoying to have to go through the whole process of mixing the fruit with the yogurt. First, many spoons are too large to get into the fruit hole. If they can get in, so much fruit is still unreachable on the bottom, corners and the smaller side. THEN there’s the overflow issue when trying to combine the fruit with the yogurt.

16 Steve March 23, 2012 at 5:02 pm

I recently decided to try FAGE and I also like it very much. I wasn’t surprised I liked it when I saw the fat and sugar content; but I was surprised that on the containers of Fage 2% with fruit it says, “Suggestion: Please Do Not Stir”
Why? Stirring yogurt before eating especially when a fruit is involved is as natural for me as breathing.
I know it is a only a suggestion, but I can’t figure out why. Maybe I am just over-thinking this one.

17 Shontye March 21, 2012 at 11:23 pm

I absolutely love Fage yogurt but I just wish there was just a little more fruit.

18 Tammy March 6, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Leslie G – I’m sitting here right now eating nonfat plain Chobani Greek yogurt (sprinkled with nuts and seeds) and I was wondering if there could even be a greek yogurt that is better. Chobani’s is simply delicious and the texture is perfect. I will try Fage to compare, but everyone should try Chobani too…

19 Irini Syntihaki February 20, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Is genetically modified food ok?
Greenpeace activists protested outside the FAGE dairy industry with four tons of non-GM soya. The protest was an attempt to convince the company not to use animal feed containing GM organisms. I’m NOT so sure they succeeded.

20 Sharon November 10, 2011 at 8:21 pm

I eat the 0% Fage yogurt drizzled with honey and walnuts for breakfast and sometimes for dessert as well, its totally delicious and I love it.

21 Terry October 17, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Protein: I see now that the writer has said that there is 20 grams of protein in 8 ounces. A package of Fage yogurt is only 5.3 ounces, not 8. Hope this clears up any confusion.

22 Terry October 17, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Correction about protein content: The protein in Fage yogurt is only 12 grams, not 20 grams. I’m not sure why but every review you read on the internet about greek yogurt, no matter what brand, claims they have almost twice the amount of protein than what it actually has. It even says on the side of the package which I’m looking at right now. 12 grams of protein in one serving. One serving is one container.

23 mary dee September 1, 2011 at 2:39 am

I love the fage 2 percent, but I am watching my sugars, so i found smuckers no sugar strawberry topping. It taste the same with no sugar! I was thrilled to find the strawberry topping, it taste just like what comes in cup. I buy the big size and a jar of topping.

24 Diane August 28, 2011 at 3:40 am

FAGE is the best yogurt I have ever had! I
recently learned of the many different
benefits and flavors. I have stomach issues and
have great results getting “good stuff” going in.
I could go on and on but I really don’t think I
need to. Everyone I’ve told about it have
tried it and thanked me for suggesting it. I will
continue to tell others about it and I know
They will love it too!

25 Stephi August 14, 2011 at 8:31 pm

I love Fage 0%. I’ve been eating it for close to a year, and it’s one of my favorite things ever. I use it in savory dishes, or I’ll have a cup of 0% with defrosted blueberries, strawberries, mango, pineapple, and peaches. It’s amazing! I also made a wonderful, creamy pasta “sauce” with 0%, defrosted spinach, defrosted onions, and garlic. Amazing!

26 zed la saulle July 29, 2011 at 11:00 pm

so… if you don’t already know, fage is way cheaper at costco & it comes in a larger container, which one can’t get at traders joe’s.

enjoy, z…

27 Judy Harris July 23, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I wanted to make frozen yogurt. Many of the recipes talked about straining yougrt for 6 hours I didn’t have time. I discovered 0% fage on accident at Walmart oh happy day strained yogurt. Then I tasted it boy were you right! Best darn tasting stuff. I’m spoiled for life.

28 christina thomas July 10, 2011 at 3:54 am

so the verdict is, apparently, in: Fage is Fantastic lol. Let me tell you, as soon as I had seen the commercial maybe 5 times, I had to go scour the supermarkets to find some Greek yogurt. The first one I ran into (couldn’t find Fage that day) was Oikos, which was damn good. A week later when I finally secured some Fage, it was simply sublime. Most yogurts are simply too sweet to be enjoyable for me, not having a terribly developed sweet tooth (I’ll take cadbury over godiva as the latter is too sweet to be good). Fage was fulfilling, and with some granola on top, I knew I was getting what is essentially a tasty superfood, which is so rare in america.

29 CR March 28, 2011 at 10:03 pm

I have wanted to try Greek yogurt for a long time. I was amazed that my relatively small grocery store stocked FIVE BRANDS.

First I tried fat free Dannon with fruit on the bottom and weighing 5.3 oz. It had a nice texture, the thick consistency I would expect in Greek yogurt. I thought the fruit was like regular yogurt and too sweet for my taste. However, I know this brand is just what some people want.

Next came fat free Athenos. It was also 5.3 oz. The thick texture was just what I expected. The fruit was just right for me.

Third, I ate the fat free Yoplait. The fruit was mixed in. It was the same size as any other yogurt and tasted the same. It was my least favorite. Having said that, it may be just the kind that others who do not want much change will enjoy the most.

I had 2% 5.3 oz. Fage with peaches. The fruit was separate in a very small compartment. It was big enough for me to get every little bit out with a regular teaspoon, so I do not view that as a detriment. It did see a picture and you are supposed to flip the side so it empties into the bigger compartment. The yogurt was not as thick as I expected. The fruit was the consistency of baby food. It was a creamy, delicious snack. with just enough sweetness.

The last brand I had was the 2% Chobani in a 6 oz tub with pineapple. Like Fage, it was creamy with just enough sweetness.

All in all, I will probably buy vanilla yogurt this summer, add some honey and mix in my own fruit. I will chose between Athenos, Fage and Chobani, depending on price.

30 Lori March 25, 2011 at 11:48 am

I began eating Fage in 2005 when it was still being imported from Greece. It was a very different product to what most Americans know as “yogurt” from the typical grocery store, which is a gelatinous pudding-like confection of chemical additives and highly sweetened fruit/jam. The imported Fage was thick, very creamy and had a pleasantly tart tangy flavor. Once production began in the US, the flavor changed drastically and although the texture is the same, the tang of real, natural yogurt is gone and it is bland, boring, and denatured for the American palate. Not everyone enjoys bland food nor overly sugared fare. I have written twice to Fage to express my observation, no response from the company. I suspect the reasons are twofold: the majority of American yogurt eaters have never tasted REAL yogurt and don’t care for the tartness, and the domestic milk cows are fed and raised differently than in Greece which affects the flavor of the milk. Very disappointing. I wish the imported version were still available somewhere.

31 SUNDAY March 11, 2011 at 8:42 pm

i love this yogart its the only one i can eat it taste so good i give it 5 stars the cherries is my fav although i didn’t like the hunnie one to much but its still good

32 Jung November 21, 2010 at 8:10 am

Xantham is used to make sure the yogurt solid part and water to put together as a final product, to prevent solid particles of the yogurt from separating from water. In order to create the fat free yogurt, the company start by using fat free milk and may add milk particles such as dried milk powder. And of course, the milk particles are also fat free. This is added in order to make the product thicker. Plus, protein value is added :-) .

33 Marsha September 16, 2010 at 5:46 pm

I saw a gentleman picking up several Fage yogurts at my local Fairway market several weeks ago & figured I try it. Out of all the yogurts I tried throughout the years, this is the best ever! At the time, I didn’t realize there was a Total & 2%. I did notice the large 0% but didn’t pay any attention to it. I’ve tried the Fage Total fat blueberry, peach & strawberry. I love them all. I then went back & tried the small 0% fat & added my own fresh fruits. It tasted pretty ok also, but I had to add a tiny sprinkle of brown sugar. I cant use artificial sweetners since they mess with my gastro system.. I’m now going to try the 2% next. Whatever happens Fage will be my #1 yogurt from now on.

34 nena September 3, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Full fat is much less fattening than the 2% and the sweetened fruit filled versions of Fage! why? because the 2% has more sugars, albiet natural sugers, but that process in your digestive system to gain weight, and those fruit filled ones are loaded with sugar! I lose weight on full fat, but it is hard to find, I was googling where to buy the full fat, when I came across this blog, thanks for the article, but try using full fat exclusively, without any fruit. I use almonds and/or flavored stevia drops, I am eating it with vanilla stevia drops right now, yummy and great for your healthy diet!

35 Tattoochick74 June 18, 2010 at 12:46 am

OMG I”m ADDICTED to this yogurt! I tried FAGE for the first time in Florida on vacation b/c the store i stopped in didn’t have Chobani which is what I “use” to be loyal to…since eating the FAGE I am now known as the “yogurt lady” at my local supermarket b/c I come in every Fri and clean them OUT for the week! The dairy guy started just ordering cases for JUST ME and saves them for me in the back till Fri! Yes…’s THAT GOOD!!!

36 tricia June 15, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Oh my god this yogurt is the best yogurt I have ever tasted! The only problem is, that i can’t get it in the supermarkets near me,every time i start buying Fage at a market ,they all of the sudden stop selling it. I’m going into detox, I need my Fage. Nothing compares,even other greek yogurts, this is awsome stuff! I need to get me some!

37 Andrew May 2, 2010 at 11:50 am

I only eat plain yogurt because I like the tart flavor, and can balance it with a bit of salt and sweetness to my liking.

I genarally eat Fage (or other Greek yogurt) as follows:
Kasha (cooked toasted buckwheat) topped with plain yogurt, salted sunflower seeds, and chopped dried fruit (figs, dates, cran raisins, etc…).

38 Palto Baern April 7, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Fage is definitely the best tasting of the shopping market greek yogurts. However, overall I go with Chobani. It’s half the price of Fage in my area and only slightly below Fage in the taste department.

39 Leslie G. March 15, 2010 at 2:30 am

I have just tried Chobani and Love it! Although I have liked other yougurts, Greek is absolutely the best!! The texture is Fabulous!! It truly is like having aYummy dessert! So now I want to try Fage and compare. I am willing to pay more for such a great product!!

40 Paul B February 18, 2010 at 1:37 pm

I got into the whole yogurt thing a couple years ago. It was not easy and I had to force myself to eat it. I was having yogurt from a competitor for over a year and saw Fage at the place where I get the other stuff. It is amazing! I really do think it’s an amazing product and it works on filling me up in the A.M.. Glad I found it… Sad I found this article a year later and missed the free case, ha ha…

41 James E. Rogers January 29, 2010 at 10:56 pm

I understood the true greek yogurt use no thickeners. I wonder why Fage yogurt puts Xantham in their “greek yogurt

42 Grok November 26, 2009 at 5:18 am

Been wanting to try Fage for a while now, but I want the plain & full fat stuff. Everyone is so paranoid of fat these days the stores don’t seem to carry it.

Don’t fear the fat people. That Greek yogurt was full fat for 4,000 years. Were the people eating it for all that time not healthy? That fat is essential for absorbing vitamins and minerals. Eat it so the stores will carry it! ;)

43 Tracey November 11, 2009 at 6:24 pm

ohhh my.. I love this yogurt. I’ve been having it now for a few months and it has seriously improved my diet choices. I don’t eat red meat or chicken and I don’t always get to eat enough fish. The protein content makes up for much of that. I eat this yogurt almost every single day. It is a God send–TRULY!!!!!!!!! I cannot say enough about this product. I LOVE it!!!!

I enjoy it best with honey. I’ll also add teff (super food–truly) or flax seed with some blue berries or rasberries. It is AWESOME!!!!

44 Hokie October 1, 2009 at 9:23 pm

Damn Dirk, seems like you had to one up everyone on the douchebag scale. Seriously, Lisa did bring a rain cloud in here, but her concerns were legitimate and Joseph didn’t have to attack her for it. And if he was joking around he really didn’t pull it off well. Michael simply thought Joseph was in the wrong and defended Lisa, nothing wrong there, and answered her question. Whereas you decided to resort to low personal attacks that only made yourself look like a dick…way to go….and this has nothing to do with “defending anyone’s honor”; it’s more about calling out someone who made an ass of themselves.

Btw, I absolutely love Fage! It tastes amazing with Kind’s fruit and nut bars. =)

45 Elizabeth September 30, 2009 at 4:50 pm

I love Fage yogurt! It sounds like it comes from an ethical dairy. Here are my two favorite ways to have it:

1. My go-to breakfast: 1 cup of 0% plain yogurt mixed with 1 tbsp ground flax seed, 1 tbsp agave nectar, 2 tbsp chopped almonds, and 1/2 cup frozen berries.

2. Fage is just as delicious as sour cream on a baked potato. It even melts! I love having a baked red potato with a big dallop of plain Fage and salsa.

I’m practically lactose intolerant, but Fage yogurt doesn’t bother my allergies to dairy at all. Since I’m a vegetarian, I like having good-quality sources of protein, which I get from the greek yogurt. Plus, it’s so yummy! And I agree, there is no substitute. I’ve tried a few other brands of greek yogurt and it isn’t the same.

46 Passerby July 27, 2009 at 10:42 am

Um… What micro-organism is added to the yoghurt during fermentation?

47 kim July 25, 2009 at 9:12 am

i love your yogurt i eat it everyday . i love the honey its wonderful.

48 Dirk Diggler July 16, 2009 at 8:55 pm

For Michael, I think the other guy was joking around; but anyways– do you really think your (Prince) Valiant efforts to defend her online honor our going to serve your underlying purpose… prolly not douche~bag… Martha Stewart fan huh, take your balls out of your boyfriend’s purse homo… and I can guess why you like goat’s milk you cum-guzzler! Yur the kid who sat with the girls at lunch but never got any action, so in college decided that hairy balls were better than nothing…

49 Michael July 13, 2009 at 2:14 am

For joseph maduri:
you get a life! Lisa’s msg is fine if you read it carefully. yours is a total joke:

there’s a “grammer” mistake in every single sentence, unless you were just kidding, of course, in which case, you are neither funny nor serious. and that’s OK, we won’t take you seriously. how could we? “what up with you”?

For Lisa:
if by “natural” you mean dairy products obtained from free-range animals, then yes, as a native Greek, i can assure you there are no stabled animals in Greece.

In the US, however, you can always spot an industrial animal farm from the stench that hits you from miles off. they only free-range animals that don’t ever get injected with hormones here are the goats. so, try drinking some goat’s milk…if you can take it, that is!

and yes, i agree with you folks, FAGE is my favorite yogurt!
(Martha Stewart’s too…)

enjoy your FAH-yeah!

50 joseph maduri June 28, 2009 at 6:42 pm

For ‘Lisa’….get a life!! What up with you. The negative comments about Fage and the cows and the billions of $ they make. You sound like the biggest cynic in the world. And your grammer leaves a lot to be desired. Please do not eat Fage as you do not deserve such a savory experience.

51 Cindy June 24, 2009 at 5:53 pm


52 Cindy June 24, 2009 at 5:53 pm

I am as curious as Lisa (May 17, 2009) as to the “natural” label — I tried to research this online but could come up with nothing. I was hoping that the pasteurization process in Greece ( where it says it is produced) would be of low temperature (just enough to satisfy the FDA)… Thanks.

P.S. I do love this yogurt more often than I probably should… but would be relieved to know that I was really consuming an organic, grass-fed, non-processed product.

53 Joan June 18, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Gone to heaven flavor in Fage 2% honey or strawberry!

54 Fagerox May 29, 2009 at 7:27 pm

I love Fage 0%. I usually have 1 cup and mix 1 scoop of whey protein powder with it in a bowl. 40g protein 220 cals. High protein snack and much healthier than protein bars!

55 sean May 26, 2009 at 12:49 am

This yogurt basically tastes like cream cheese. The cherry variety tastes like youre eating cherry cheesecake. I love this stuff but it does have a very bitter taste to it.

56 Lisa May 17, 2009 at 10:24 pm

Can Fage stand up under closer evaluation?

For one thing, the word “natural” means nothing. The FDA has no definition for “natural” and therefore no perimeters defining what’s permissible and what’s not.
I understand that the farmers that Fage gets their dairy from farmers who “pledge” not to use any drugs on their cows, however, I’m not quite sure
what that means. Can anyone explain the validity of a “pledge?”

My other question…are the cows raised on factory farms and on a diet that is given to factory farmed cows or are they free range
and grass fed cows? BIG difference in the milk product.

So yes, Fage tastes good but how integral is this company? They’re making billions yet are too greedy to consider the ethical treatment of animals which directly reflects in their product.

57 diana May 11, 2009 at 2:29 pm

i grew up in europe, eating plain, homemade yogurt. i was thrilled to find fage at my local grocery store. i love eating it plain or with honey. i pack it in my kids’ lunch bag and even converted a couple of coworkers!

58 vogie May 7, 2009 at 3:11 pm

I’ve never tried Fage – but recently have seen more recipes calling for it. I’ll have to head over to Trader Joe’s. I’m dying to know what all the fuss is about. Thanks for your article!!

59 Kim May 6, 2009 at 3:16 am

Because of Pinch My Salt I won a case of Fage! Thanks so much. My case was delivered today and I had the 2% Strawberry–sooo good. The richness of this yogurt is a treat.

60 Heidi May 1, 2009 at 2:37 pm

I just recently started eating Fage and I love it! I used to use Dannon plain fat free yogurt for topping Indian dishes (it cuts the spicy-ness), but as many people have mentioned, Fage is much thicker and creamier and much more delicious on my Kashmir Spinach. :)

My favorite way to enjoy Fage is to put 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1/2 cup frozen strawberries, 1/2 cup skim milk, 1/2 cup Fage 0% & 2 tblspns Splenda in the blender for the best fat free, no sugar added, 175 calorie smoothie I’ve ever had!

61 mary st george April 30, 2009 at 10:44 pm

I love yogurt and I can not wait to find FAGE and try it – it sounds great!

62 Susan Coe April 28, 2009 at 1:54 am

Sure wish I thought I’d be able to find it within 75 miles of where I live. This is pretty much the middle of nowhere when it comes to gourmet items

63 Hayley April 27, 2009 at 5:57 pm

Fage is wonderful! I’m very lucky that the grocery store in my small town carries it. It’s very expensive but it’s one of my favorite little treats. It’s luscious. It has a silky texture and smooth taste. We only have the cups with the honey, I’d love to try the fruit cups!

64 Rachel April 27, 2009 at 3:59 am

I just recently tried it and think the flavored ones taste like a slightly cheesy ice cream, that’s how rich and delicious they are :)

65 Nicole April 25, 2009 at 7:24 pm

Maria: I’ve used it in baked goods several times, and it works great!

66 Maria April 25, 2009 at 2:01 pm

I also love Fage yogurt! I enjoy eating it plain or with nuts and fruit for breakfast, and spread on whole wheat toast with strawberry preserves as a snack. My favorite way to use it though is as a substitute for sour cream in recipes; it produces the same end result but is so much healthier!

67 Nicole April 25, 2009 at 12:00 am

Lou: I’ve never seen Skyr, but I googled it and found this post about it on Serious Eats: Sounds great, but not sure if it’s available on the west coast. Thanks for the tip!

Sirena: I actually have tried Oikos, and it wasn’t bad. But I really do prefer FAGE!

68 Sirena April 24, 2009 at 12:58 am

Love greek yogurt! and it’s great to learn how to pronounce it, too :-) although (not to be a party pooper) but have you tried Oikos yogurt? OMG. Blows the other ones out of the water!

69 Lou April 23, 2009 at 9:04 pm

If you have the opportunity, try Icelandic skyr. Very similar and more creamy in my opine.

70 Eliza Domestica April 22, 2009 at 9:03 pm

I love FAGE but have never seen the side pack with fruit – that looks delicious. What a great idea!

71 Larissa April 22, 2009 at 2:58 am

I like the Greek yogurt too. I agree that it is very natural and tastes amazing.

72 Hélène April 21, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Great post, I don’t know if I can find FAGE around here. I’ll look. Thanks.

73 Joy Brown April 20, 2009 at 5:17 am

Without a doubt this is the best yogurt (FAGE) I have ever had and I have been making my own for years but this is the best and I really wish I could make it as well as they do, because I have to drive 120 round trip to buy it and I do so once a month. It is higher in protein than most yogurts (20 grams a cup), almost twice as much!! And it has the best favor and texture I have ever had an any yogurt.
I use it in cooking, as a snack or a meal. Wonderful with no sugar fruit spreads and and added to tacos or any dish you might have sour cream on.

74 Del April 17, 2009 at 7:21 pm

I LOVE fage yogurt. I eat it for breakfast regularly, and use it as a substitute for creme fraiche and heavy cream in many recipes. In fact, last night I used it in place of heavy cream in a chicken casserole, and also mixed with a little srircha as a dipping sauce for steamed artichokes!

75 Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" April 17, 2009 at 5:11 am

OK, I was saying it wrong, lol! Sounds delicious though! What a great review! I think you just sold their product! =)

76 Amanda B April 17, 2009 at 2:24 am

My mother used to make homemade yogurt when I was little, and I miss it so much. Greek yogurt comes much closer to her yogurt – at least my memory’s version of it – than American yogurt…creamy, thick, and delicious! Thanks for sharing!

77 Anneta April 16, 2009 at 11:27 pm

I finally was able to find a local source for Greek yogurt, but the variety is limited and expensive. All the praise you stated for it is true. Thanks for educating people about it!

78 Maggie April 15, 2009 at 1:27 am

Fage is awesome. Thanks for sharing!

79 Nicole April 14, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Paul: Sorry, I’m not sure where you can find it in Texas, perhaps you can contact the FAGE people through their web site?

80 ering April 14, 2009 at 5:14 pm

I absolutely love Fage yogurt. I love the honey one especially. I will have to try the 2% and 0% (which I can’t quite imagine).

81 Paul April 14, 2009 at 2:38 pm

I used to be able to get FAGE sheep’s milk yogurt here in Texas, but no more. Any idea where I could find it?

82 Ellen April 14, 2009 at 7:08 am

FAGE is really good. I eat it when I get nostalgic for the French yogurt they can’t sell here.

83 Nancy April 13, 2009 at 7:22 pm

FAGE rocks~!
I found it about a year ago and haven’t looked back since.
The creamiest yougurt in the world..and so very good for me too.
Hard to believe the 0% is really 0%.
I have to fight to keep it in the refridgerator. Yummy~

84 Jason R. April 13, 2009 at 7:50 am

I love Fage! It tastes delicious!

85 Joy April 13, 2009 at 3:30 am

I LOVE Fage! We use it exclusively for our yogurt ice cream recipes since I discovered it. So, so so yummy! I’m so sad whenever I’m in Canada because I can’t seem to find it.

86 Lucas April 12, 2009 at 2:23 pm

This is the only dairy product I allow myself to eat. Yum!

87 angela @ Spinach Tiger April 12, 2009 at 1:57 pm

I’ve been meaning to try Fage, everytime I go to Trader Joe’s. Now I have to.

88 Nicole April 11, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Thanks for all the comments, everyone!

Leslie, I’ve never heard of Chobani but I have tried a few other brands of Greek yogurt and nothing I’ve tried compares to FAGE. If I see Chobani around here, I’ll give it a try to see how it compares!

89 Libby April 11, 2009 at 7:10 am

I got away from flavored yogurts a long time ago because some of it was just too loaded with sugar. I am terribly addicted to tzatziki though this brand deserves a try. The Greek style is definitely a superior product.

90 Shauna Weiss April 10, 2009 at 7:55 pm

I’ve never tried this but it looks Yummy!! I bet it would be great in a protein smoothie! I’ve never seen it here in Canada but I will be sure to keep my eyes open now!

91 halfdime April 10, 2009 at 5:37 pm

I eat the plain with a sprinkle of brown sugar on top making a delicious caramel crust. yum!

92 Tina April 10, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Wow, I was also spoiled on the abundant and fresh dairy options in Europe. It’s fascinating we can’t get such things here, even in California, a place that prides itself on having the freshest, well, everything. I love using FAGE in cake recipes. It makes them so super moist and delicious.

93 Leslie Johnson April 10, 2009 at 2:28 pm

What do you think of Chobani? I’m gonna give Fage a try…. I saw it in the store, but a friend had raved on and on about Chobani. I got some to make homemade tzatziki and I wasn’t impressed with it, really. I have never tried straight up greek yogurt, so I just wondered how you guys thought Fage was compared to Chobani?

94 Josh Schwartzberg April 10, 2009 at 3:08 am

Once you try this yogurt you will never go back. It will hold your spoon straight up and last longer! Creamy finish.

95 Jennifer April 10, 2009 at 2:29 am

Fage rocks! I love it!

96 Flower April 10, 2009 at 2:21 am

I first tasted greek yogurt in Greece where I ordered a snack: yogurt with honey—I could not believe it was yogurt! Yaourti me meli–phonetically of course. Not sure how you would spell that in Greek :)

So once I got back to the US, I started buying FAGE back in 1996. I started with the regular one and then tried the 2% and non fat and was amazed at how well they preserved the creaminess without sacrificing taste and texture. I confess I often forget the simplicity of yogurt and that if it’s good AND natural you really don’t need anything else to it. A touch of honey maybe but you almost don’t want to pollute the yogurt…

97 Allie April 10, 2009 at 2:16 am

Oh, I love their yogurt too. I just eat it w/ honey, or occasionally w/ honey and black pepper.

98 Ruth April 10, 2009 at 1:53 am

Love Fage but had no idea it was pronounced that way. Thanks

99 JulieJ April 9, 2009 at 5:31 pm

I agree . . . FAGE is absolutely the best! I first learned of it while reading “The Truth About Beauty” by Kat James. She advocates a natural approach to health and beauty . . . basically from the inside out . . . and she recommends the full fat version of FAGE for a number of reasons. I have it every morning with either fresh or (defrosted) frozen berries. It’s so delicious and so satisfying. The 2% version is also good and when I can’t find the full fat one at Trader Joe’s, I go with the 2%. I love DivaLinda’s suggestion about freezing it for dessert!! I’m going to try that tonight!

100 sammy majeed April 9, 2009 at 4:19 am

I just love it, love it, love it.

101 DivaLinda April 9, 2009 at 3:59 am

I’m a FAGE 0% lover – started ordering it by the case through my local CSA since sometimes the local supermarket runs out. Besides the usual fruit and honey stir ins, I like to mix it with Pineapple salsa and some black beans for a simple lazy person’s lunch. And I’ll pop a small container in the freezer during dinner – for dessert, I top it with some malted milk powder and peanut butter. Yummy!

102 justine April 8, 2009 at 11:13 pm

Greek yogurt is sooo good! I love the honey Fage the best : )

103 Megan April 8, 2009 at 10:08 pm

I’m WILD for Fage. My mom introduced it to me last summer with fresh blueberries and honey and I’ve been in LOVE with it ever since!

104 Mrs. L April 8, 2009 at 9:58 pm

I make a version of Starbucks Yogurt Parfaits with Fage that is much cheaper and has much less sugar than the Starbucks version. That’s my favorite way to eat the stuff.

105 Jem April 8, 2009 at 7:40 pm

I haven’t had the opportunity to try Fage, but have been making my own Greek style yogurt for years using my Yogourmet machine. I use 2% milk and add in 1 1/2 cups of skim milk powder to increase the milk solids. Then after it makes a lovely thick yogurt, we strain it overnight with cheesecloth in the fridge. We called it yogurt cheese, but reading about Greek yogurt, it’s exactly the same. If you strain it for longer, you get a thick cheesy consistancy that is fantastic for dips and as a sour cream substitute. It can have a very tangy taste depending on how long you leave your original yogurt to process.

106 Ron Merlin April 8, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Speaking of Fage yogurt, check out my post on my blog from a few months ago:

107 carrie April 8, 2009 at 6:33 pm

I love the honey Fage!! Thanks for the pronunciation heads up…I had no idea!! Though I have to admit…it will tough remembering it is pronounced differently!!

108 Sara Amuso April 8, 2009 at 6:04 pm

I LOVE the 0% and the individuals with fruit! I get the ones with honey and put the yogurt in a parfait with fresh berries a sprinkle of granola and some of the honey – YUM! I love it!

109 Kalyn April 8, 2009 at 5:30 pm

I agree, Fage is the best! I love their yogurt and always buy the 0%. No idea how they get it to be so creamy without fat, but it’s delicious!

110 Megan April 8, 2009 at 5:25 pm

I love Fage! I eat the 0% and don’t miss the fat at all. I’ve actually been eating it for breakfast this week with cut-up nectarines and a few drizzles of honey. Something about honey and greek yogurt… yum!

111 Jen April 8, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Fage is so delicious. It’s so expensive here though that I only get it on special occasions. one of my favorite ways to eat it is mixed with a tiny bit of lemon zest and some sugar and spooned over sliced berries.

112 Scott Douglas April 8, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Never had the opportunity to try Fage yogurt, but if you want completely natural delicious yogurt just the way you like it, you should try making it yourself. Preparation takes only minutes and the options are endless. And you will never get it fresher. It’s easy. I could give you links to “how to”, but hey, we all know how to use Google.

113 Dottie Winn April 8, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Greek yogurt is so superior it should be called the food of the gods.

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