I am about to say something that is both hipster and elitist sounding.
(That trip was fantastic, by the way!) Granted that was only four years ago, and I know loads of people have been enjoying this Hellenic treat since waaay before then, but has anyone else noticed the Greek yogurt mania going on at their local supermarkets? At first this was a good thing. I remember buying whatever brand was on sale for less than $2 per container. Can you believe that, internet?! The price dropping below $2 was newsworthy in my house! And they have more than a week’s worth in stock? Alert the media!
But lately things have turned sour. (Ha! Did I make a pun?) First my favorite brand of yogurt got pushed out of my local supermarket by Chobani and Oikos. Then the local Walmart started carrying Greek yogurt and my regular market started having supply issues; empty shelves were a regular sight. Somewhere the Oikos yogurt started having the Dannon name on it and the ingredients started to shift. Chobani’s ever expanding range of flavors means their ingredients have become a little too complex for my liking. Isn’t Greek yogurt supposed to be made of milk? So wouldn’t you think that Greek yogurt with honey would contain just milk and honey? Not the case according to the labels in my stores.
So where was I going with this? Oh right, to plain Greek yogurt. I don’t need fruit and big flavors when I eat yogurt. I just want that creamy tang with a hint of sweetness. So I did a little matchmaking and introduced my plain yogurt to my evaporated maple syrup. And you know what happened? TRU LUV 4 EVR! One measly teaspoon of this maple sugar and my plain yogurt is transformed into a delicious, mildly sweet protein filled snack, all for only 11 calories and 3 grams of sugars.