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Blood Orange No-Bake Mini Cheesecakes

February 15, 2012

You know what’s awesome? Coming home after a long week of work to find this waiting on your front porch.

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But wait, I’m getting ahead of myself.

You might have heard me rave about my addiction to Greek yogurt once or twice or two thousand times. Wanna hear a secret?

I used to hate yogurt.

Then I found pineapple Chobani. I can’t remember now what inspired me to try it – if my mom or a friend told me about it, or if the pineapple just caught my eye at the store – but it’s been a non-stop Greek yogurt fest in my house ever since. And after listening to me rave about it for months and months, even my husband is hooked on it now! You could say I’m a little obsessed.

Ok, maybe a lot obsessed.

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When I heard Chobani was rolling out 3 new flavors in 2012, suddenly it was the only thing I could think about. I had to try those new flavors. After weeks of searching and disappointment, I finally found myself in the dairy aisle face-to-face with a freshly stocked shelf of Chobani and all three new flavors. I could not believe my luck.

Now I expected to love the Apple Cinnamon flavor, but the Blood Orange Chobani took me by surprise. Who knew blood orange yogurt could be so good? It’s something about the combination of tangy blood orange and rich, creamy Greek yogurt. I was suddenly inspired!

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“Wouldn’t this make a fantastic cheesecake?”, I asked myself while I contemplated licking the now empty container.

“It would… but only if it also had a chocolate crust.”, I answered myself.

I firmly believe chocolate makes everything better.

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My first attempt at making these cheesecakes was meant to feature blood orange red hearts for Valentine’s Day. Awwww.

But plans went awry.

After baking, the hearts looked like smudges.

I tried to fix them. (I made it worse.)

Exasperated, I shoved the cheesecakes in the freezer and started over, sans hearts. Thankfully my second attempt was less cute but much more successful.

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At first bite you taste the vanilla cheesecake and chocolate crust, but as the blood orange gelatin on top melts, it hits your tongue with that floral, slightly bitter blood orange flavor. You get creamy, rich, crunchy and zesty all in one bite.

Not to mention that color will brighten any dreary winter day instantly.

It’s a good thing they’re small or I would have devoured a whole 9-inch cheesecake by myself.

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But wait! I almost forgot to mention the best part. On top of getting this lovely recipe from me, Chobani wants to send one of you lucky readers 12 cups of the new flavors – that’s 4 Apple Cinnamon, 4 Blood Orange, and 4 Passion Fruit yogurts! They’re still hard to find in stores (they keep selling out at my store) so you’ll want to jump on this. All you have to do is follow the rules below.

Chobani Giveaway Rules

  • This giveaway is open to US residents only.
  • One entry per person, please.
  • Winner will be chosen at random from all entries received.
  • Entries will be accepted until 5:00pm EST Monday, February 20th, 2012.
  • Winner will be announced no later than 5:00pm EST Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012.
  • TO ENTER: Simply leave me a comment with your favorite Chobani flavor or the one you’re most looking forward to trying. Easy.
    (PS. Use a real email address so I can contact you later to claim your prize!)

Full Disclosure: Chobani sent me a case of the new flavors too. All opinions in this post are my own. I only like Valentine’s Day as an excuse to eat more chocolate. I have a terrible sense of direction. Beagles are my favorite. Also, I really need someone to come over to my house and help me eat all these cheesecakes.

The giveaway is closed and we have our winner – Congratulations Kerry!

Kerry permalink
February 15, 2012 11:12 am

OOH yay! I love Chobani too!!! My favorite is the pineapple but I would love to try the blood orange


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Blood Orange No-Bake Mini Cheesecakes with Chocolate Crust

Adapted from Art of Dessert and Martha Stewart
Makes 9 mini-cheesecakes

I highly recommend using a mini cheesecake pan with removable bottoms for this recipe. Technically you bake the crust for these mini cheesecakes, but the cheesecakes themselves are unbaked which is why the blood orange gelatin sets so prettily on top. There are several cooling steps, however, so be sure to read through and plan ahead accordingly! These should definitely be made in advance.

Ingredients

4 – 5 sheets chocolate graham crackers, crushed
1 tablespoon sugar
4 tablespoons salted butter, melted

4 ounces cream cheese
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons low or no-fat plain Greek yogurt
pinch of salt

7 tablespoons fresh squeezed blood-orange juice, strained
3/4 teaspoon unflavored gelatin powder (less than 1/2 packet)
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon cornstarch

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 12-cup cheesecake pan with removable bottoms generously with baking spray.

Break graham cracker sheets apart along scored lines and place in food processor. Pulse until reduced to fine crumbs. With the processor running, pour in melted butter. Continue to pulse until blended. Crumbs should stick when pressed together.

Divide crumbs evenly among 9 cups of the prepared 12-cup pan, about 1 tablespoon of crumbs each. Press crust firmly into place. (The bottom of a shot glass ended up being perfect for this task.) Bake at 350°F for 8-10 minutes. Cool.

Beat cream cheese in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment until smooth. Add sugar, vanilla, lemon juice, Greek yogurt and salt. Beat on low until smooth. Divide cheesecake mixture evenly among crusts. Smooth tops. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Once cheesecakes are firm, prepare blood orange topping. In a small bowl add 2 tablespoons blood orange juice and sprinkle with unflavored gelatin powder. Let stand until gelatin softens, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, bring 4 tablespoons blood orange juice and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan. In a small cup or glass, stir together remaining 1 tablespoon blood orange juice and cornstarch. Whisk into boiling mixture. Remove from heat. Stir in softened gelatin. Cool until warm, 5-10 minutes. (While waiting, you can further smooth the tops of your cheesecakes with a damp finger, if needed.)

Pour gelatin mixture evenly over prepared cheesecakes, about 1/2 tablespoon each. Refrigerate until gelatin is set, at least 20 minutes. Keep chilled until ready to serve. Garnish with blood orange zest if desired.

Store covered in refrigerator.

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115 Comments
  1. Martha T permalink
    February 15, 2012 10:20 am

    I would love to try the Blood Orange or Pomegranate flavors, but I’ve never seen Chobani in my local stores.

  2. Hello Kimmy permalink
    February 15, 2012 10:35 am

    I like the blood orange and passion fruit flavors. Apple cinnamon is great too. However, my favorite would have to be vanilla because you can add fresh fruit, granola, etc. It is a great base for add-ins.

  3. amy marantino permalink
    February 15, 2012 10:53 am

    i want to try Blood Orange Chobani

  4. bigbutter permalink
    February 15, 2012 10:55 am

    I’m so excited to try the Apple Cinnamon flavor! Your cheesecakes look fantastic!

  5. February 15, 2012 11:00 am

    My favorite flavor is black cherry!

  6. Kerry permalink
    February 15, 2012 11:12 am

    OOH yay! I love Chobani too!!! My favorite is the pineapple but I would love to try the blood orange

  7. February 15, 2012 11:28 am

    I’ve actually only ever tried the non-fat plain Chobani. I eat some every day adding an assortment of toppings. I would love to try the lemon flavor though! :-D Thank you for the giveaway and the dessert looks fabulous!

  8. February 15, 2012 11:28 am

    I’d probably be most excited to try the blood orange. Love me some citrus!

  9. Gina permalink
    February 15, 2012 11:46 am

    Tried the blood orange today and it is by far my favorite.

  10. joshandlissafamily permalink
    February 15, 2012 12:27 pm

    Like you, I am obsessed with the pineapple flavor. I keep trying other brands of greek yogurt, but nothing beats the pineapple yet, although I have heard from others that the orange is awesome!

  11. Sarah permalink
    February 15, 2012 1:03 pm

    Teresa! These look and sound fantastic! I always look forward to reading your blog. Your writing is always entertaining and humorous. Your recipes and pictures are inspiring! Great job!

  12. Faye permalink
    February 15, 2012 1:10 pm

    Definitely pineapple!

  13. February 15, 2012 1:11 pm

    I love Chobani! My favorite is strawberry but I’m looking forward to the apple cinnamon (I’ll have to try the pineapple too). Yum!

  14. Margaret permalink
    February 15, 2012 1:12 pm

    I LOOOOOVE Passion Fruit!

  15. February 15, 2012 1:12 pm

    Wow, these look like they should be sitting in the display case at a bakery. So lovely! Orange and chocolate is one of my favorite combos, but using blood oranges is even better.

    My favorite flavor is the vanilla Chobani because I like to mix in my own fruit toppings but I’ll have to give the new blood orange flavor a try if I can find it.

  16. February 15, 2012 1:36 pm

    I laughed when you said your second attempt was less cute. And the other ones were cuter??? Is that possible. This is the epitome of cute. I have to make these because they are just darling.

  17. Celeste o permalink
    February 15, 2012 1:49 pm

    I like the plain and vanilla so I can mix in my own fruit.

  18. February 15, 2012 1:59 pm

    I haven’t seen these new flavors by us yet (or they’re sold out), but I cannot wait to try the Passion Fruit!

  19. Jason Moore permalink
    February 15, 2012 2:35 pm

    Plain to make smoothies! And I can’t wait to try Passion Fruit.

  20. February 15, 2012 3:23 pm

    I tried the passion fruit yogurt a few days ago, and I’m in love! I want to go back and buy all the other kinds I can find because I loved it so much!!

  21. February 15, 2012 3:34 pm

    I usually stick to plain and then add my own extracts, but I do really like the lemon and pineapple flavours! vanilla is good too.

  22. kayla permalink
    February 15, 2012 3:48 pm

    I’d like to try the apple cinnamon chobani! :)

  23. February 15, 2012 4:18 pm

    I’d love to try the apple cinnamon!

  24. February 15, 2012 4:29 pm

    The cheesecakes look amazing!! Love the flavor combo!!

    I would love to try the passion fruit flavored yogurt!

  25. February 15, 2012 4:53 pm

    My favorite is the mango!

  26. Linda Barnes permalink
    February 15, 2012 4:54 pm

    I’m looking forward to the Blood Orange Chobani!!

  27. February 15, 2012 5:00 pm

    Chobani’s are amazing. Peach and Strawberry are definitely my favorite!

  28. Michele Omvig permalink
    February 15, 2012 5:04 pm

    I would love to try the passion fruit yogurt, meanwhile this recipe looks fantastic.

  29. February 15, 2012 7:02 pm

    My favorite flavor is peach but I also love just the plain original with some honey and fruit cut up on top!

  30. February 15, 2012 7:24 pm

    Honey! :)

  31. February 15, 2012 7:35 pm

    I LOVE the blood orange!

  32. Kim Waara permalink
    February 15, 2012 7:43 pm

    I just bought the Blood orange one yesterday and I can’t wait to try it (bought the apple/cinnamon one too, but the blood orange is the one I that has my name all over it).

  33. Amanda R. permalink
    February 15, 2012 7:44 pm

    I love love love the pinapple, lemon comes in second and followed by black cherry. However, I think blood orange could know one of them out of the top 3.

  34. Karla permalink
    February 15, 2012 7:47 pm

    Pomegranate and blood orange!!!

  35. Griffen permalink
    February 15, 2012 7:59 pm

    I too got hooked on yogurt after trying Chobani. It’s decadent without being sinful, so you can indulge without feeling guilty about it. I came across the Blood Orange Chobani a couple of days ago at Kroger and I immediately fell in love with it! It’s the best. Also the pomegranate is awesome and the blueberry is too. I don’t know if I can choose.

  36. February 15, 2012 8:18 pm

    I love the pineapple flavor but I really want to try the blood orange. Sounds wonderful!!! Thank you so much for the recipe & the chance to win :)

  37. Corisa permalink
    February 15, 2012 8:43 pm

    I am in love with the new apple cinnamon! My older flavor i’ll always have a true love for is pineapple ! So good I had it for breakfast and eat it everyday!

  38. Brittany permalink
    February 15, 2012 9:16 pm

    I love the pomegranate but I’m dying to try the blood orange!

  39. February 15, 2012 9:32 pm

    You sold me on the pineapple flavor, I’d love to try that!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  40. Katie permalink
    February 15, 2012 9:44 pm

    I love apple cinnamon and blood orange, but I have yet to try passion fruit. It looks so good!

  41. Andrea permalink
    February 15, 2012 9:53 pm

    Passion fruit! And beautiful cheesecakes. I like that there isn’t a lot of sugar.

  42. Raphi permalink
    February 15, 2012 9:53 pm

    Love Chobani yogurt, and love blood orange, so that flavor is made for me!

  43. February 15, 2012 9:57 pm

    Peach, passion fruit, and now after reading this, definitely the blood orange! Your cheesecakes look awesome.

  44. Angie permalink
    February 15, 2012 10:13 pm

    Can’t wait to try the Apple Cinnamon!

  45. February 15, 2012 10:37 pm

    ooooh!! me me me! I want to try the Blood Orange. Will have to see if my store has it yet. I love Greek yogurt. I like to drizzle a little hershey’s chocolate (lite) syrup over plain, and pretend I’m being really naughty! :)

    thanks!

  46. February 15, 2012 10:37 pm

    Pineapple… duh! :-)

  47. Jenny permalink
    February 15, 2012 10:46 pm

    I love blueberry :)

  48. Amy permalink
    February 15, 2012 11:03 pm

    I love peach Chobani, but I’d love to try Blood Orange, haven’t seen it yet. :)

  49. angela permalink
    February 15, 2012 11:17 pm

    How are you going to mail them? Or do we get to come pick them up? And leave a couple kids in exchange.

    • The Craving Chronicles permalink*
      February 16, 2012 9:26 am

      Chobani will mail the yogurts straight to your house in a dry ice cooled package. They ship very well!

  50. February 15, 2012 11:58 pm

    Cherry. All the way.

  51. molly permalink
    February 16, 2012 12:43 am

    My favorite chobani is pomegranate, but I’m looking forward to trying the passion fruit and the blood orange!!

  52. Kimberly W permalink
    February 16, 2012 12:51 am

    Mmmmmmm… I want to suck your blood… orange!!

  53. Alisha permalink
    February 16, 2012 1:12 am

    I’d love to try the blood orange flavor. (And hey, why not incorporate it into this recipe?)

  54. Cindy B. permalink
    February 16, 2012 1:19 am

    I would love to try the Black Cherry! I have not seen Chobani yogurt in my area.

  55. Salvatore permalink
    February 16, 2012 2:19 am

    I love the lemon chobani! It’s delicious! But right now I am on a blood orange kick. I just made dark chocolate donuts with a blood orange glaze earlier this week. They came out so good!! I’m stoked to hear that there are new flavors, especially blood orange chobani!! I’m totally making these cheesecakes.

  56. February 16, 2012 2:40 am

    I’d love to give the blood orange flavor a try…As much as i would love to try this recipe for a post Valentine date with my husband. Looks really cute, by the way!

  57. Jenniffer Hernandez permalink
    February 16, 2012 4:36 am

    I am totally in love with Chobani! It’s a tough choice between passionfruit and blood Orange on which one I can’t wait to try. Honestly, I want them all LOL. Yeah, I’d say I’m obsessed too :)

  58. Rebecca permalink
    February 16, 2012 7:27 am

    I’ve only ever eaten plain Chobani, but cinnamon apple sounds amazing! I usually put cinnamon on my plain yogurt anyway!

  59. Trish abbey permalink
    February 16, 2012 9:08 am

    Love love love apple cinnamon!,!

  60. February 16, 2012 10:08 am

    Pomegranate!

  61. Jodi Pavlik permalink
    February 16, 2012 10:45 am

    Peach for sure!!

  62. February 16, 2012 10:54 am

    Pineapple!

  63. February 16, 2012 11:04 am

    Chobani has blood orange yogurt ?!!! I love citrus….that would surely be at the top of my list to try soon. I just love Chobani yogurts.

    Thank you for sharing such a lovely recipe. On my list to try.

  64. karen b permalink
    February 16, 2012 1:08 pm

    Honey is my fave. :) I’m going to have to try the cheesecakes — I always get excited when I spot blood oranges in the stores!

  65. jennifermsu permalink
    February 16, 2012 3:43 pm

    I LOVE Chobani! It got me through some bad months with my TMJ problems. My favorite is Black Cherry, but I enjoy all of them!

  66. Rachael Ortner permalink
    February 16, 2012 4:13 pm

    My favorite Chobani is the Pomegranate, but I also love the Honey with a litle bit of fruit granola… yummmm. I eat it every morning, and it is not a good day if I don’t have some! I am definitely looking forward to trying the Apple Cinnamon flavor! I knew I should have snagged on from the Grocery store on Tuesday night.

  67. Jen permalink
    February 16, 2012 4:46 pm

    My faves are mango and peach! Even my 3 year old loves them. I got her the kid Chobani version and she still steals mine. Grrr. ;-)

  68. February 16, 2012 5:03 pm

    This cheesecake sounds so delicious. I need to attempt to make it soon. I typically only buy vanilla, honey, or plain Chobani yogurt, since I usually use them in smoothies, doctor them up with fruit and granola, or use the plain one in place of sour cream. However, I’d have to say my favorite to eat alone without assistance would be peach. I’m a sucker for anything with peaches.

  69. JoAnn permalink
    February 16, 2012 6:19 pm

    I love the plain with honey, though would love to try the pineapple!

  70. Rebekah permalink
    February 16, 2012 6:56 pm

    I love pomegranate chobani!

  71. huntfortheverybest permalink
    February 16, 2012 8:57 pm

    I like the cherry. It reminds me of amarena cherries. But I’d love to try the blood orange since you mention it and I haven’t seen it.

  72. Cherish permalink
    February 16, 2012 10:13 pm

    I love passion fruit anything! I’d love to try some :)

  73. Carly permalink
    February 16, 2012 10:23 pm

    I love the apple cinnamon chobani!!!

  74. Allison permalink
    February 16, 2012 10:34 pm

    Blueberry!!!

  75. Britt permalink
    February 16, 2012 11:00 pm

    I tend to be a Plain Jane when it comes to food and my favorite flavor of Chobani is vanilla but I would love to broaden my horizons and the Passion Fruit sounds like a good place to start!

  76. Lauren permalink
    February 16, 2012 11:04 pm

    I’m an old-school kind of kid, and love peach..until I tried the Blood Orange the other day. Love!

  77. February 17, 2012 1:24 am

    at risk of sounding boring… my favorite is plain. just plain, and i add my own honey and walnuts and berries on top. it’s so great, i have it every morning.

    blood orange however, i would certainly give a try. sounds delicious! and these little cakes are adorable.

  78. jenni permalink
    February 17, 2012 1:48 am

    I’d love to try Blood Orange!

  79. Ellie permalink
    February 17, 2012 2:41 am

    Blood Orange and Blueberry.

  80. kassy permalink
    February 17, 2012 6:58 am

    I’m a big 0% plain person, it’s my favorite. but I would really like to try the blood orange and passion fruit! yum(: p.s I’ll gladly come assist you with eating those cheesecakes

  81. Kelly Cochran permalink
    February 17, 2012 7:08 am

    While I’m fairly certain that I’ve been Black Cherry’s biggest fan for some time now, I’m dying to try Apple Cinnamon! Just can’t seem to get my hands on it!

  82. February 17, 2012 7:34 am

    I love the apple cinnamon out of all the new flavors, but this makes me want to go out and blood blood orange now again to try ! :) recipe looks amazing!

  83. Jessica Arnoldy permalink
    February 17, 2012 9:10 am

    the blood orange is to die for. seriously. but I also love getting plain chobani and adding peanut butter and honey to it. heaven.

  84. February 17, 2012 9:28 am

    mmm…I’d love to try the passion fruit. Always sold out around here! I’m a huge peach fan, though!!

  85. Liz Driscoll permalink
    February 17, 2012 10:00 am

    Can’t wait to try the Blood Orange flavor. My favorite is the Mango!

  86. February 17, 2012 10:26 am

    I’d like to try the Blood Orange.

  87. Renee permalink
    February 17, 2012 10:35 am

    I have tried all three new flavors (but you are right, they are tough to get your hands on!), and love them all. In fact, they are my three new favorite flavors of Chobani :-)

    P.S. My birthday is on February 22nd, the day you plan to announce the winner. Just sayin’…. ;-)

  88. Michele permalink
    February 17, 2012 11:12 am

    i’m pretty sure i’ve tried every single flavor except passion fruit (which i’ve heard is godlike but i’m saving it for some special occasion. like. a monday night. or something..)

    my favorite flavor is simply the 0% plain because you can do so much with it!
    half the time i just eat it straight up and my friends tell me i need help.
    oh well.

  89. Amber Woodside permalink
    February 17, 2012 11:20 am

    I love love love the Mango yogurt, but we use vanilla in the chocolate peanut cupsmoothies we make every morning. I am pretty stoked to try the blood orange :)

  90. February 17, 2012 11:34 am

    My favorite is definitely Apple Cinnamon!

  91. Jenna permalink
    February 17, 2012 12:14 pm

    My favorite is the lemon flavor, but I can’t wait to try the new ones!

  92. Elise permalink
    February 17, 2012 12:46 pm

    I love the new passionfruit flavor, it is amazing.

    The recipe you’ve posted looks really good too, I’m going to give that a try.

  93. jacquie permalink
    February 17, 2012 1:16 pm

    i love the blood orange also – and i too expected to like the apple more.

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  94. February 17, 2012 1:21 pm

    I buy a large carton of vanilla weekly. My everyday breakfast with granola, flaxseed and berries. Thinking about it gets me up out of bed. Isn’t easy finding stores w/large carton.

  95. February 17, 2012 1:25 pm

    Blood orange definitely sounds promising but my usual yogurt flavor in any brand is generally whatever has honey or maple. By the way, these mini-cheesecakes have such an amazingly vibrant color. Hearts or not hearts they’re simply lovely.

  96. Caitlin permalink
    February 17, 2012 1:53 pm

    My favorite chobani flavor is apple cinnamon!

  97. February 17, 2012 3:25 pm

    apple cinnamon!?! be still, my heart!

  98. Danyelle permalink
    February 17, 2012 4:52 pm

    I’d love to try the blood orange flavor.

  99. Alexandra permalink
    February 17, 2012 5:51 pm

    I love Chobani yogurt, especially the pineapple, just like you! :) I am really looking forward to try the passion fruit as well as the blood orange!

  100. February 18, 2012 12:27 am

    OOOHH Blood Orange sounds Yummy!

  101. Val permalink
    February 18, 2012 10:25 am

    Looking forward to trying the blood orange flavor! It is so nice to hear someone else admit they are not wild about Valentine’s Day, too – except as a reason to eat more chocolate! Thanks for sharing!

  102. brandy permalink
    February 18, 2012 6:59 pm

    Blood orange sounds exciting!

  103. February 18, 2012 7:55 pm

    I LOVE greek yogurt and would love to try these new flavors.

  104. Kristin permalink
    February 19, 2012 12:51 am

    Apple cinnamon is THe best. I love it!

  105. Julie L permalink
    February 19, 2012 11:23 am

    apple cinmmaon for me thanks

  106. Susan permalink
    February 19, 2012 2:57 pm

    oh my..that looks amazing! I love the Blueberry flavor…..but, any of the new 3 could possibly top the list……..

  107. Jennifer Marie permalink
    February 19, 2012 5:05 pm

    I want to try passion fruit the most!

  108. Shannon Thompson permalink
    February 19, 2012 5:32 pm

    the blood orange looks so good…
    my fav though is black cherry
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  109. February 19, 2012 9:51 pm

    Blood Orange sounds delicious!

  110. February 19, 2012 10:43 pm

    oh my goodness, blood orange of course! My mouth is watering!

  111. Bri permalink
    February 20, 2012 2:16 am

    Blueberry and raspberry Chobani! Blood orange looks great as well.

  112. JaanL permalink
    February 20, 2012 6:27 am

    Put any flavor in front of me, I WILL eat IT! That is if my son doesn’t get to it first. The Blood orange yogurt sounds so interesting.

  113. Linda Schaefer permalink
    February 20, 2012 7:22 am

    Hmmmm….guess I need to try the new flavors.

  114. February 20, 2012 8:48 am

    chobani is my favorite greek yogurt! So glad you grew to love it too :-) My favorite flavors are raspberry and strawberry, but I would definitely be up for trying something new.

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