Siggi’s Icelandic Yogurt vs. Chobani’s Greek Yogurt

Siggi's vs. Chobani

High protein yogurts are not just a Greek phenomenon. it turns out that far to the north of the Mediterranean, skyr has been traditionally made for centuries. Just like Greek yogurt, Icelandic skyr is strained to concentrate the flavor and protein.

Siggi’s is the representative Icelandic yogurt sold in the US. Its sales are just a fraction of the Greek style competitors. We decided to compare Siggi’s to Chobani, using the Blueberry flavor (our favorite).

Both products come in a 5.3 oz cup (150 grams). Siggi’s is 110 calories, lower than Chobani’s 130. The sugar content in Siggi’s is 11 grams, one teaspoon less than Chobani’s – 15 grams. And when it comes to protein, Siggi’s has 14 grams vs Chobani’s 12 grams. Nutrients winner = Siggi’s.

This is the ingredient list for Siggi’s:

Pasteurized Skim Milk, Cane Sugar, Blueberries, Fruit Pectin, Live Active Cultures.

Chobani’s version:

Nonfat Yogurt (Cultured Pasteurized Nonfat Milk), Live and Active Cultures, Blueberries, Evaporated Cane Juice, Pectin, Locust Bean Gum, Natural Flavor.

Both are pretty decent, with slight variations. There is more sugar than blueberry in Siggi’s even though the overall sugars count (blueberries have sugar too) is lower than Chobani’s. Both use fancy names for their sugar, but its the same exact ingredient – white table sugar.

Chobani’s listing of cultures before the other ingredients seems like a mistake, after all these are tiny bacteria. We like the fact that Siggi’s does not add any flavoring to its yogurt beyond the berries. The pectin in Siggi’s and locust bean gum in Chobani are added to improve the mouthfeel and consistency of the skim milk yogurt, a function that the fat would have played had it not been removed.  Unfortunately, natural flavors are added by Chobani. Ingredients winner = Siggi’s.

Bottom line: Despite Siggi’s slight advantages, both yogurts are a good choice. Both will provide you with protein and probiotics in a relatively low calorie package. Though you won’t go wrong with either option, our recommendation is to buy plain yogurt and add your own fruit.

  • Katy Nicole

    :) yes. I knew it

  • Rckwng

    Siggi’s is not real skyr, you gotta try Smari.

    • Utopia

      Smari is very good. I have been buying siggis for quite some time. I just wish it wasn’t $2 a cup!

      • Harald Forkbeard

        Raising prices to $4 a cup.

        You can make your own for less.

    • Dale

      What is Smari and why is Sighi’s not ‘real’ skyr – whatever that is?

  • jadegreen_eyz

    You can make your own yogurt. Far less expensive and you totally control the ingredients going into it. The Kitchn (no, it’s not misspelled) has a number of recipes. Enter “homemade yogurt” in their search bar.

  • Aria Gonzalez

    I consider zero percent yogurt to be some kind of bizarre abomination. Of course, I favor completely natural kefir.

  • Stringer Bell

    I like plain Siggis. $1 on sale at my Whole Foods.

  • Ramiro Serrato

    In the siggi’s that I am enjoying right now it doesn’t say Cane Sugar but Organic Agave Nectar in the ingredients list

    • Harald Forkbeard

      Get the plain yogurt. No sugar or other trash added. Period.

  • Harald Forkbeard

    Eat plain yogurt, add your own berries.

    Get rid of sugar.

  • Raj

    Make your own plain yogurt from milk, very simple. Strain regular yogurt in in coffee filter paper and you see thick yogurt remaining minus the water. Throw in your own favorite fruits and blend it.

    Blend yogurt with cilantro, salt ( add piece of jalapeno to make it spicy hot). Blend it your own consistency. Goes with rice, whole wheat tortillas ….Cilantro is good for liver.