Siggi’s Skyr: Thickest Yogurt Ever?

published Jan 26, 2010
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We just tried Siggi’s yogurt for the first time, and whoa this stuff is thick! Siggi’s yogurt is actually a strained version of yogurt, and it’s made with traditional Icelandic methods. In Iceland, this thick, creamy stuff is called skyr.

Siggi is actually a real person; his name is Siggi Hilmarsson, and he’s a rather young yogurt-maker from Iceland. The story goes that he got homesick for his homeland’s skyr-style yogurt, so he started experimenting. Eventually he refined the recipe enough to produce it on a large scale. He started selling it in New York City at a few markets, and eventually Whole Foods picked it up. That’s where we buy it.

Now, this stuff is seriously thick. It’s the thickest yogurt we’ve ever had. That’s because the yogurt is strained; it takes several times the amount of lowfat milk to make this little cup of yogurt. To be honest, it was almost too thick! We adore plain yogurt, but we could only eat half a cup of this stuff. It practically sticks to the roof of your mouth! (Seriously; one little cup of this extra-high protein yogurt, with a total of 100 calories, gave us two breakfasts.)

We are looking forward to trying other flavors of Siggi’s yogurt, and if we need some extra-thick, extra-strained yogurt for cooking, this will be it. Do you eat Siggi’s skyr?

• More about Siggi’s: a brief history of siggi’s yogurt

Related: Skyr by Siggi

(Image: Faith Durand)