How a Frozen Greek Yogurt Bar Became My Obsession

published Aug 28, 2018
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You’re looking at a Black Raspberry Chip Yasso bar here. Don’t lick your screen. (Image credit: Ghazalle Badiozamani)

Before I peeled back the still-chilly wrapper on a Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt bar, I read the five words that were printed on it: “My Delicious and Healthy Obsession.” I’ll admit that I was skeptical. I usually put desserts that tell you how delicious they are in the same category as open-mic night comics who tell you that they’re hilarious.

I’ll also admit that I was so wrong, because that Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip bar was amazing — so amazing that I may or may not have immediately eaten three more. I picked up the empty box, looked at the nutrition info, and was convinced on all three counts. Delicious? Yup. Healthy? Yup. Obsessed? QUADRUPLE YUP.

We regret to inform you that Sea Salt Caramel (second over from top left) is no longer available because KITCHN STAFF HAS EATEN THEM ALL. #sorrynotsorry (Image credit: Ghazalle Badiozamani)

If you haven’t been down the ice cream and frozen novelty aisle lately, you might not have noticed that frozen Greek yogurt is a thing. Regardless, you’re going to be glad it is. Yasso (its name comes from a Greek word for “hello” that literally translates to “your health”) was co-founded in 2011 by two best-friends-since-kindergarten who wanted a frozen dessert that they could eat every day without upending their health and fitness goals. When they couldn’t find one in their local grocery store, they decided to make their own.

Yasso bars come in 16 flavors. Pistachio fans will flip out over Pistachio Brittle (Image credit: Ghazalle Badiozamani)

Yasso bars are now available in 16 different flavors, and all of them are made from Greek yogurt with live active cultures, rBST-free milk, and no erythritol or high-intensity sweeteners. (That goes for their eight new pint-sized offerings, too.) Each bar that I ate had 130 calories and six grams of protein, but all of Yasso’s bars are somewhere in the 80 to 150-calorie range, depending on the flavor, with five or six grams of protein.

Because of the nonfat milk and Greek yogurt, Yasso bars have plenty of protein, but they don’t have any of those four-syllable sugar alcohols that you’ll find in other “healthy” ice creams. And — last thing, I swear — these bars also have all of the extra you could possibly want, which means that there are real chocolate chips in the Mint Chocolate Chip, legit cookie pieces in the Cookies ‘N Cream, and actual pistachios in the Pistachio Brittle.

After I finished that box of Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip bars, I collected the wrappers that were scattered across the countertop. All of them have cute slogans printed on them; two of mine read “My Delicious and Healthy Obsession,” while the other two read “Caution: You’re About to Be Oversatisfied.” Yasso, we just met, but you already know me so well.

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