A few weeks ago, Chobani launched a bunch of new flavors of Greek yogurt, along with a new line aimed at kids. When they sent me some products to try, they also included two kid-friendly lunch boxes.
I was excited about the yogurt, but thrilled that now I might be able to convince Eric to stop taking his lunch to work in a plastic Target bag.
His lunch transportation system is sort of the bane of my existence.
(Well, it’s one of many.)
I mean, really. I make this wonderful lunch and you’re going to put it in a Target bag?
Why does he hurt me like this?
His defense is that it’s a good way to re-use plastic bags, and at least it’s not a Wal-mart bag.
I’m all for going green, but I’m pretty sure plastic bags are better re-used to carry dog excrement, not to carry the delicious soup, sandwich, and cupcake (!!) that your girlfriend made for you.
You can’t exactly stick a cute note in a Target bag, now can you?
But recently, Eric stayed the night at my place, and as I made him lunch, I decided he was going to take it in one of the Chobani lunch boxes. If he was embarrassed, fine. Then he could get a real lunch box. But no lunch of mine was going to work in a Target bag if I could avoid it.
Strangely enough, the solution worked! He now happily totes his Chobani lunch box to work every day. Do his coworkers find it creepy that a grown-ass man is carrying a Chobani Champions lunch box to work every day? Hard to say. But I’d certainly judge that less than a plastic shopping bag.
And after I left my cute Built NY lunch tote at work over the weekend, yesterday I grabbed the other Chobani lunch box and now I see why he carries his every day. That thing is pretty legit.
Moving right along…the yogurt is delicious!
There are three new flavors: 2 percent mango, 0 percent black cherry, and 0 percent lemon. Eric and I both tried them all and the mango was the clear winner. I was surprised by how much we both liked it. I’m probably partial to the mango because it’s 2 percent, and I prefer my Greek yogurt to have some fat, but the flavor was just right. The black cherry was good too — cherry yogurt is always a win — and I really loved the lemon. I’m a huge fan of lemon-flavored foods, so I was all about that. I wish they’d make it in 2 percent, but until then, I’ll keep eating it with a side of bacon. (True story.)
We also tried the honey-nana yogurt for kids, which comes in a smaller container that packs 100 calories and 8 grams of protein. The flavor is good — like, you can tell it’s made for kids, but that doesn’t mean it’s not delicious. I’ve never had banana yogurt, but I definitely liked this. And the smaller size is nice for a quick little snack. Between the kid-friendly flavor and the lunchbox, I feel like I should have it with some chocolate milk in a carton and a turkey sandwich on white bread.
(Don’t even get me started on how much I love lunch foods, especially grade-school lunch. The pizza with the rubbery cheese…the chicken nuggets…the French toast sticks…the huge array of condiments…it’s too much!)
While I like the older Chobani flavors, especially the pineapple, I like the new ones much better. My only complaint is that all of the flavored yogurts have more added sugar than I’d like. Because of this, I don’t add any fruit or granola to them. If I want to add granola or fruit, I stick to the plain 2 percent Greek yogurt. But the flavored ones are quick and easy for an afternoon snack.
All right, now…would you like to try some Chobani?
I have coupons to give away! Two of you can each get five free containers of Chobani yogurt. Just leave a comment below telling me a lunch box story. You can just tell me what your lunch box looks like or you can tell me the story of how you lost your favorite Toy Story lunch box in fourth grade and never really got over it. Or you can admit that you’re a Target bagger. It’s totally up to you!
You have until 12:00 noon EST on Wednesday Feb. 23 to enter; I’ll pick two random winners from the comments and announce them later this week.
I can’t wait to hear your lunch box stories. Have at it!