There are two types of people in the world. The yogurt eaters and the non-yogurt eaters. Except for a short stint when I thought I was lactose-intolerant (heaven-forbid!) I have always been one of the yogurt eaters.
Growing up in the ’80s, the options were the really thick, chunky “custard-style” or those snack size cups in Strawberry or Blueberry. And, unlike eating it for a meal like I do now, yogurt was a snack. I remember when lemon yogurt came out. My mom, bless her heart, tried to convince me it tasted like this amazing Lemon Lush dessert she makes. Don’t get me wrong, I really like lemon yogurt, but taste like a lemon, cream cheese, whipped cream, walnut crust concoction? I don’t think so.
As I grew up, light yogurt became the rage and man it was/is awful, but we ate it because it was less fat, low calories, fake fruity flavors! I can’t believe we took it for so long.
Then there was Trix flavored yogurt invented as a compromise for families like mine where sugared cereal only showed up on Christmas morning or vacations down the Shore. I had it once, I suspect there was less sugar in the actual cereal…
About a year or so ago, I was at my mom and dad’s and they had Fage 2% with honey yogurt in the fridge. My mom swears that it’s the best yogurt. Still haunted by images of the super-thick “custard” yogurt from my childhood I was skeptical. But, she’s mom. Aside from the Lemon Lush incident, I really do trust her judgement. Well, all I can say is, THANK YOU, MOM! I cannot tell you how good this stuff is. I especially love the Honey, and I recently had Cherry Pomegranate (also delicious). What I love the most about it, aside from the taste is that I can pronounce all the ingredients in it.
I am not alone, in the most recent Ad Age, Greek yogurt sales have skyrocketed. Last year sales were 469 million dollars way up from 33.3 million dollars in 2007. Chobani is my other favorite Greek yogurt, plus they sell it at Costco in a 12 pack, score!I wouldn’t stray too much from either of these. I have had other Greek-style yogurts and they were less that fabulous. All of this is well and good, but there is one, very special yogurt that I am here to talk about.
Snackwell’s Yogurt. It was chocolate heaven in a green cup. I used to eat it almost every day for lunch my junior year of high school. I think my whole table ate it. Sometimes I dunked pretzels in it, or apple slices. It was so rich and fat-free, plus it actually tasted good.
It went so far away, hours of searching online yields no image results and the only notes about it are commentary of the “new rage” that is approaching. Some believe it went the way of the frozen yogurt on Seinfeld. Fat= new lower fat formula= went away forever. Others think that because it was pasteurized it wasn’t really yogurt. Fine, call it a dairy delight. I don’t care, just bring it back!
Some days you will find me wandering in the yogurt section, secretly hoping that it will magically pop up on the shelf. But, after all those years, who’s really going to eat it? *sigh*
I know that there are “chocolate on the bottom” yogurts out there, but they don’t compare. I miss you Snackwell’s yogurt. I also miss your cousins the Snackwell’s mini cookies and cheese crackers, but that’s another post, another time.
So for now, it’s just me and my Greek. Yogurt, that is. But I will always have nice memories of the Snackwell’s I so loved. You got me to my goal weight, and then you went away. And so did my smaller waist haha.