Yoplait Greek Vs. Siggi’s (Icelandic Yogurt)

October 17, 2013   44 Comments

Before I start this article, no one has to fly to Iceland - unless they want to.

Siggi's versus Yoplait

Siggi’s is a brand of yogurt that is made in the United States BUT is Icelandic style. It is made by incubating skim milk with live active cultures and then it is strained to create a thicker, creamier, concentrated yogurt. Remind you of anything? Yes, it is very similar (if not almost the same) as Greek yogurt.

The main difference between siggi’s and the rest of the bunch (FAGE, Chobani, Dannon, etc.) is that it has less sugar per serving. Instead of 18 grams per serving, it has 11 grams and this, my friends, is Snack Girl’s Shangri-la of yogurt. I have complained and complained about the amount of sugar in commercial yogurt and someone in Iceland heard me.

The amount of ADDED sugar is about 5 grams because yogurt already has natural sugars. Five grams is about one teaspoon so I find this to be the right amount.

How does it taste? If you are used to a brand such as Yoplait Greek, siggi’s is going to taste very sour. Yoplait Greek has only 9 grams of sugar but they added sucralose to make it sweet. I find it to taste cloyingly sweet (too sweet for my taste buds).

Yoplait Greek nutrition facts:
100 calories, 0.0 g fat, 14.0 g carbohydrates, 9.0 g sugar, 10 g protein, 0 g fiber, 45 mg sodium, 2 Points+

Siggi’s nutrition facts:
110 calories, 0.0 g fat, 13.0 g carbohydrates, 11.0 g sugar, 14 g protein, 0 g fiber, 59 mg sodium, 3 Points+

With siggi’s, you get 10 more calories but you also get 4 more grams of protein. Also, no sucralose and it’s texture and flavor are superb.

Obviously, my recommendation is to buy siggi’s but there is a major cost difference between the two. Siggi’s runs about $2 at my Stop & Shop and Yoplait Greek is $1.

What to do? If you have the dough, buy siggi’s. If you love Yoplait Greek – don’t let me stop you. Look over at the siggi’s every once in a while and see if there is a sale and give it a try.

Have you tried siggi’s? What do you think?

Siggi’s yogurt was received for review consideration. No other compensation was provided. Points+ values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.

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I love Siggi's! It takes some getting used to - in addition to not being as sweet, the texture is more grainy. But it is a power snack. It really fills you up.

Basically Siggi's is yogurt for grownups. It also has more sophisticated and interesting flavors. I was surprised (because my tastes don't always run "grown up"), but I loved the orange and ginger flavor.

I love Siggi's yogurt as well-great texture and taste. My kids just started eating the siggi's tubes (raspberry flavor is their favorite)-what a great snack!

I live this post! I'm going to try Siggi's and see how it is. I an a Greek yogurt freak and if this one is healthier, I'm in! Thanks for sharing!

I have to admit that I LOVE Dannon's Blended Greek Yogurt, Toasted Coconut flavor. I'll happily eat this yogurt and haven't been too much of a yogurt fan before. It satisfies my sweet tooth. I know it has artificial sweetener in it, but it's so delicious and has a nice amount of both protein and calcium. Don't think I could get used to a yogurt that's on the sour side.

Are the two containers the same number of ounces? They look like they might be different. Thanks for any info!

I was eating Siggi's when this came up in my RSS feed . . . big big fan! I find it keeps me feeling "full" or at least satisfied longer than other yogurts, so I can make it to lunch without a snack!

I love Siggi's yogurt. It's actually my favorite, I enjoy the orange ginger & the pomegranate passion fruit best.

I am staying with my Fage----love the taste and texture-- I add my own fruit to it. 130 calories,85 sodium, 0 fiber, 9 carbs, 9 sugar, 23 grams of protein and no fat.

My nutritionist turned me on to Siggi's as a healthy low carb snack to help keep my blood sugar in check. I love the vanilla.

Real yogurt is supposed to be a little bit sour! I personally make my own yogurt at home. It's super easy. I am too lazy to strain it plus some of the nutrients are lost with the water, so it's not as thick, but it's good nonetheless. Recently I bought some commercial yogurt and was shocked by how sweet it tasted even though it was "plain". This is not natural!

I eat plain 1% yogurt - 100 cal per cup. No added sweetner at all I just add my fruit of choice. So the calories do go up with the fruit but you only need a bit and it is good for you too! Just like Deni said - yogurt is sour naturally. You can add vanilla or maple syrup for flavouring but I love it plain!

Beth B I agree, that toasted coconut vanilla is what I eat every morning (never was a yogurt fan) but I add 4 Tablespoons of crushed pineapple. I might have to get one of these to try but not sure it will even compare to what I'm used to.

I haven't seen Siggi's at our grocers. I'll have to look for it. I'm not sure I'd go for grainy but less sugar--yes.

I love Siggi's! And they come in a grab and go tube form(like gogurt) which is great for the mornings.

Siggi's vanilla is 2 WWP+. I eat it every morning with 1/2cup of Kashi GoLean. That 4 point breakfast keeps me going all morning!

Any thoughts on goats milk yogurt? I know it is more costly, but has less sugar and is very tasty.

I LOVE Fage. I'm willing to try Siggi's. I do not like yoplait "greek"; I think it is because of the gelatin. I might like the slightly grainy texture of siggi's because that is about the texture I get in homemade yogurt from pastured cows.

I love Siggi's! So good. So $$! I have a hard time finding it when I'm out of the city (I live in the city but commute to spend half the week in a small country town that ain't ever heard of Siggi's!).

Glad to hear someone (you Snack Girl) agrees with me on the ridiculously large amounts of sugar in yogurt. Will have to give siggi's a try.

I have to admit that I saw the young man who brought Siggi to the U.S. on an interview on T.V. I was charmed and impressed. I wanted to run out and buy this yogurt right away! Alas, my town is so small and it is not here yet and I am not aware if it contains the live probiotic cultures that I desire.

No problem, I make my own yogurt. I make Filmjolk, a Scandinavian yorgurt probably very similar to Siggi in flavor, very tart. Not as rich in probiotics as Fage type yogurt. It can be made on your countertop at home without a heating device but it is not as thick as Greek yogurt, in fact it is much thinner than regular yogurt. It is mesophilic (heating device not needed).

I also make yogurt from Fage plain flavor that is thermophilic (needs heat). It is easy to make especially in the summer. Now that it is cooler a seed mat or reptile heating mat will be necessary to make my probiotic yogurt. Also, there are devices on the market to make thermophilic yogurt if you don't mind yet another appliance taking up counter space. People have found that heating pads, slow cookers and a heated oven or hot water bath will work well also.

Homemade yogurt is so delicious and it gives the consumer control over everything that goes into making it. Truly, it is so easy, inexpensive and rewarding.

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