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After being referred to Siggi’s Orange & Ginger yogurt by several friends, I finally decided to give it a try. I’ll be honest, the fancy label and expensive price kind of threw me for a loop. I’m on a bit of a points diet—limiting myself to spending only 5 points a day, which I usually waste on morning coffee—so I can’t afford all the Weshop superfluities I used to buy. But something about the combination of orange and ginger seemed so unusually appealing that I couldn’t turn it down.

The funny thing is I don’t even like the taste of ginger. Hate it, actually. I’m not too crazy about oranges either. So why in the world did this yogurt make me want to do backflips off my balcony? Well, I started doing some research on Siggi’s (and by research I mean I read the label) and it turns out that this is much more than yogurt. It’s skyr.

Skyr? Is that some sort of punk rock band? No, it’s Icelandic for thick yogurt, a staple in the Icelandic diet for over 1,000 years. With 14 grams of protein and 0 grams of fat, each container of Siggi’s is only 100 calories and is completely natural. No artificial sweeteners, thickeners, gelatin, colorings, preservatives, or high fructose corn syrup. The cows that produce the milk for the yogurt are fed grass and are never introduced to growth hormones. Even the label is easy to tear off so you can recycle the plastic and the paper separately. So basically, Siggi’s has set the bar for organic products everywhere.

Surprisingly not orange.

Surprisingly not orange.

 

You can see the difference between skyr and regular yogurt as soon as tear off the cover. That off-putting pool of water that accumulates in regular yogurt before mixing isn’t present in skyr, because the water is strained away to increase its milk concentration. With three times as much milk as regular yogurt, skyr is extremely rich in protein and calcium. Eat a couple of containers of this stuff every day and you’ll be well on your way to building muscle and preventing osteoporosis (but probably suffering from a significant points deficit).

Anyway, I definitely plan on purchasing this product again. The yogurt was thick, yet not too creamy, and very filling. Every spoonful provided an instant surge of organic agave nectar to satisfy my sweet tooth, but didn’t make me feel like I was eating dessert. And despite my personal flavor preferences, the orange and ginger combination was very refreshing and light. I wasn’t overpowered by the spicy bitterness of the ginger nor the citrusy orange flavor, which is probably due to Siggi’s dedication to providing a very natural product. I even noticed small pieces of pulp to give the yogurt a little texture.

All in all, I want to thank Siggi for creating such an awesome product. I hope you continue to bring interesting Icelandic cuisine to the US. And nice work, Weshop, for keeping the yogurt selection trendy as always.

 

Happy eating,

Alex Irace