The difficulty of staying monogamous w/ one’s yogurt.

Weeks ago I posted about becoming a Stonyfield Farm recipe-of-the month winner. I described my fabulous array of yogurt-themed prizes and the honor that is having one’s name on the amazingly wonderful SF Farm website. AND YES it was WONDERFUL. But since that blissful time, things have – well, changed. It’s not ALL ABOUT ME anymore. Of course, Stonyfield is still the same delicious yogurt it’s always been, but somehow I’m just not feeling so special. Yes, I know it inevitably happens once the honeymoon’s over, and Yes, we are still going through the motions, BUT lately when I go to the supermarket, I notice others.

As many of you know, I am a very busy woman. True, I make my life seem oh-so-easy and glamorous, but it is actually a whole lot of WORK. And as part of my routine of convenience and cheapness, it is customary for me to do quite a bit of shopping at BJs warehouse super store. And since I consume such vast amounts of delicious wholesome yogurt, this is a really good thing. I can buy all that yummy nutritious Stonyfield Farm yogurt at LOW LOW Warehouse prices and save enough to go right back and BUY SOME MORE! Unfortunately, I have recently noticed as I’ve said, alternatives brazenly on display right there beside my beautiful Stonyfield. *GASP!* I KNOW. it is more than a little shocking for me to admit I have found myself even LOOKING AT OTHERS, but let’s face it. Once the coupons run out, I am only human.

It has come to my attention that the two yogurts below:

Hereafter referred to as BRAND C and BRAND D for sake of modesty, sell in cases right beside my beloved SF Farm at BJs Warehouse Superstore. They are also attractively packaged, so I admit, I have eyeballed them from time to time. Neither are organic, so they both sell more cheaply. AS they would HAVE TO b/c no one wants to buy the cow when they can get the milk for FREE, right?
No one touches Stonyfield’s undoctored wholesome quality and goodness! But I have recently noticed one undeniable & striking difference between BRAND C and BRAND D and my pure SF Farm. C and D both offer AN EXTRA FLAVOR in their yogurt cases. which unfortunately happens to be my most favoritest yogurt flavor of all. PEACH.

    Oh, say it ain’t so! I wish I could. I really really wish I could. but I would of course be lying. B/c it is true. Peach yogurt is simply the BEST, and there is no denying it. I will now describe to you my dilemma.

    All three brands of yogurt sell in cases of either 12 (Brand C and SF Farm) or 15 (Brand D). SF Farm is the most expensive at $8.89, the others sell for a dollar or two less.

    Brand C offers 12 cups of yogurt: 4 strawberry, 4 blueberry and 4 PEACH.

    Brand D offers 15 cups of yogurt: 5 strawberry, 5 blueberry and 5 PEACH.

    SF Farm offers 12 cups of yogurt: 6 strawberry and 6 blueberry and 0 PEACH.

          In order for you to understand the gravity of this situation, I must disclose the fact that I am one of 57 people living on Planet Earth who does not like (PREPARE YOURSELVES)

          Strawberries. I KNOW. INSANE. But I hate them. Passionately. The only strawberries I have ever even remotely liked were hand-picked in an organic field in Vermont, taken home to our friends picture-perfect log cabin, rinsed in ice cold spring water, sliced thinly and spooned over homemade flapjacks with pure 100% Vermont maple syrup. And even those were just o-kay. So the REAL Figures are as follows:

          Brand C: 4 strawberry, 4 blueberry and 4 PEACH = 8 YOGURTS

          Brand D: 5 strawberry, 5 blueberry and 5 PEACH = 10 YOGURTS

          SF Farm: 6 strawberry and 6 blueberry and 0 PEACH = 6 YOGURTS

          You CAN NOW SEE MY DIFFICULTY. Out of all 3 brands, Stonyfield gives me the worst yogurt return. by far. And although my Beloved Stonyfield Farm Organic is the yummiest most wholesome yogurt on the planet, and undeniably OUT OF THIS WORLD DELICIOUS, I am not MADE OF MONEY. I simply cannot continue paying twice for 6 blueberry yogurts. Back when we first got together, me and SF, I would have done anything. Walked across glass or hot coals, or paid four times over. But nowadays, it just seems crazy. Yes, I know that Love is Blind, and Money Cannot Buy Happiness, and STONYFIELD RULES, but… but….But. if only, ONLY THEY INCLUDED PEACH. THEN Everything would be Just Peachy. once again.

          7 thoughts on “The difficulty of staying monogamous w/ one’s yogurt.

          1. after you sang the praises of SF, i hied to my local market to pick some up. sadly, i was not enthralled. i found it curdy. 2 containers of it still sit on a shelf in my fridge staring at me forlornly each time i open the door.

            i for one say, move on to peachier pastures! 🙂

          2. Too funny, Curl – that’s probably what I like about it. Me, I hardly stir mine. I love it chunky. But my husband cannot STAND his yogurt anything but creamy smooth, so he has this technique that I think would work for you (and allow you to consume those lonely last 2 cups).

            1) Remove cup from fridge,
            2) Shake the bloody hell out of it and I mean SHAAAAAKKKKE IT!!
            3) Remove foil and consume.
            4) YUM-YUM!!

            You should try the SF fat fat organic French Vanilla, or the lowfat Banilla, both are much smoother than any with the fruit add-ins.

            Hayden, I also LOVE smoothies, as well as yogurt covered pretty much anything other than insects. I bet you would like homemade yogurt parfaits. Layer the yogurt with cut-up fresh fruit and cereal or granola and MMMMMM.

          3. If you like the Stonyfield continue to buy it. You only get one life to live! In the meantime, write Stonyfield about the peach variety. And of course, forward this blog. They will be delighted. They may even use you as a poster child for that brand and pay you some muula, or at least give you a lifetime of yogert. Yipes!

            Peace DD. Have a ball with your daughter on spring break!

          4. I should forward it to them, if nothing else they’d probably get a good laugh.

            As for spring break, I am trying hard to hang on to my sanity. Hamster #2 is officially on the LOOSE.

          5. Dish-

            I see what you meant in your comment on my recent grapefruit juice post! Definitely kindred spirits in the struggle against Tyranny in the Dairy Aisle. Have there been any advances on your front since March?

            There’s an excellent organic dairy in upstate New York called Ronnybrook Farms and they sell peach yogurt in their yummy full-fat-throttle “Creamline” series (also in cases of 12 × 6 oz containers). Unfortunately, Ronnybrook is only to be found in NY, MA, CT, and (northern) NJ. Alas. Somehow I think it would be cost-prohibitive to get your hands on their peaches.

            Incidentally, I use Stonybrook’s Banilla when I make banana bread; I feel it adds just a little more authenticity to the enterprise.

          6. Yes Panny me dear, definitely cut from the same fabric. As for my yogurt dilemma, I have begun buying Stonyfield 32 oz. tubs of French Vanilla, Vanilla or Banilla exclusively. Since we’re no longer driving during the week, I can’t get to BJs, so I just buy them from our local market, or we walk into town & get them at Trader Joes where they’re sold under the guise of TJ’s brand (BUT WE ALL KNOW WHERE THEY REALLLLY COME FROM!!) VANANA??? I mean, C’MON. Like that’s fooling anybody.

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