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Kroger “Good for You”

I’ve blogged before about Kroger products, so you guys know that I am usually a big fan of the high-quality, low-cost foods they offer. This time, the BzzAgent campaign I’m in is about their Greek yogurts and CARBmaster line. I was generously sent a $10 Kroger gift card as well as some coupons to try these products. Now, I don’t eat artificial sweeteners or buy them for my family, so the only product in the line I was interested in trying was the Greek yogurt.

We go through a lot of yogurt in my house, as it’s my son’s go-to breakfast of choice (for the first course, anyway.) My husband also eats a lot of yogurt as a snack, and prefers one with less sugar than most national brands contain. I only started eating yogurt a few years ago, but I use it a lot in cooking and occasionally eat it straight from the container.

Kroger’s Greek yogurt line has an impressive number of flavor options. I always choose Greek yogurt for cooking, so I like to have a few containers of the unflavored and unsweetened kind for making tzatziki (cucumber yogurt sauce, great on Mediterranean food or just about anything else!), roasted garlic cream sauce, or peanut butter fruit dip (just peanut butter and yogurt with a bit of honey – although flavored yogurts are good for that too.) I also like to have a few vanilla Greek yogurts on hand for making “ice cream” with bananas. (Blend frozen ripe bananas with yogurt – it’s just like soft serve!) The Kroger Greek yogurts work fine for all these purposes, but the yogurt  isn’t usually the star of these recipes anyway.

As far as straight eating goes, I think we’ve tried all the flavors by now. My favorite is the Lemon Creme, but the Black Cherry and Blackberry Yumberry have been favorites too. I do have one complaint about the yogurt, though – it has a very chalky texture and aftertaste. I’m not sure if that’s the Stevia (these yogurts are sweetened with both sugar and Stevia) or something else, but my husband really dislikes it, and my son doesn’t care at all.

Private Selection Holiday

Two reviews in one day! Woohoo! (Ok, well, a review and a half, but who’s counting?)

I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m a big fan of Private Selection products in general. I usually find that they are at least comparable in quality to name brand items, with a much better price. And in fact, I’d like to start this post off by mentioning two PS products I enjoyed this holiday season that were not part of this bzzCampaign – their premium hot cocoa mixes, and the spiral sliced glazed ham. The cocoa mixes come in four flavors – double chocolate, mint, caramel sea salt, and cherry cordial -and they are all delicious. I recommend the variety pack, though if I had to pick a favorite, I’d go with mint. I will be drinking a lot more of this winter staple in the next few months. As for the ham, I enjoyed it at my Mom’s house on Thanksgiving. It was juicy and delicious, and didn’t feel cheap or fatty like a lot of hams do. My Mom commented that it was one of the best hams she’s prepared, and was even better than the Honeyglazed she usually gets.

On to the bzzCampaign.

As a part of this campaign, I received a bag of Costa Rican Tarrazu coffee and a box of Water Crackers in the mail, as well as coupons for a free jar of olives, a free package of sliced deli cheese, and a free jar of pasta sauce. I also got a coupon for $0.75 off three greek yogurt containers. The coffee was okay. It was a little darker than what I usually get and was pre-ground (I usually grind my own) but I do regularly buy and enjoy other PS coffee flavors. They have a very good selection. I don’t eat olives, but my husband does, so I picked up a jar of garlic-stuffed olives (mostly for my own amusement.) I can’t comment on them in detail, but he mentioned that they were generally good, but the garlic was a little powerful. I saw him use them in an omelet with picked green tomatoes this morning. The crackers were fine. That’s all you can really ask for from a cracker that’s meant to play second fiddle to whatever topping you’re using as an appetizer, so I guess it served its purpose. I had some at a Christmas party with a variety of toppings and it went well with all of them.

I picked up the Herb and Garlic cheese slices. I was hoping to try the Buffalo Monterrey Jack, but my store didn’t carry that variety. The cheese was good, but the herb flavor might have been just a smidge overpowering. I used it on some turkey burgers to help kick the flavor up a bit, and it was excellent. I also picked up the Roasted Garlic pasta sauce variety (can you tell I like garlic? So much so that I want everyone else to eat it, too!) but oddly enough, I found that it tasted and smelled kind of vinegary, even though that’s not listed as an ingredient. It is a thinner pasta sauce, so if you like your sauce chunky (like I do) you may find it a bit lacking.

I also picked up some of the yogurt while I was in the store – and for the life of me, I can’t figure out why they package it the way they do, with the fruit partitioned off they way they do with crunchy toppings. It makes sense with crunchy things that you don’t want to get soggy, but it’s just annoying when you have to scrape the fruit into your yogurt, and then stir it in. Why not just put it on the bottom like everyone else? The flavor was fine, I tried Cranberry-Pomegranate and it was not too sweet or tart, but I just can’t get past that mind-boggling packaging.

All in all, I was mostly impressed with the offerings and will definitely be buying some of them again in the future.