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There’s a New Yogurt on the market in Canada…

February 5th, 2019

The new kid on the block is siggi’s Icelandic Skyr yogurt.  Skyr yogurt is a strained yogurt made with simple, 100% natural ingredients and not a lot of sugar.   Skyr is the traditional yogurt of Iceland, which has been made for over 1,000 years.  To make one cup, they use 4 times the milk of regular yogurt.  After straining it the result is a thick and creamy yogurt, high in protein

The siggi’s brand was born in 2005 when Siggi Hilmarsson felt homesick for a staple of his childhood diet, skyr, a thick, creamy, high protein yogurt from his native Iceland.  The yogurts he found in the US were too sweet, so he started making his own, with his mother’s recipe, in his small New York City kitchen.  Today siggi’s is the fastest growing yogurt brand in the US. 

In Canada, siggi’s is manufactured by Parmalat Canada following the authentic Icelandic recipe and using 100% Canadian milk. There are no preservatives, thickeners, artificial sweeteners, artificial flavours or artificial colours.  All the colours and flavours come from the natural vanilla bean and real fruit they use in their recipe.

Siggi’s 2% Strawberry Skyr yogurt contains 17g protein, 11 g sugar and 150 calories for each 175g portion.  The Plain 0% fat contains 19g protein, 4 g sugar and 110 calories. In Canada we have siggi’s 0% Plain, 0% vanilla, 2% strawberry, 2% blueberry and 2% black cherry.

There are so many ways to use Skyr yogurt.  Eat it as a snack, topped with berries and nuts, in a fruit parfait or blended into a smoothie.  Plain Skyr can be used in place of sour cream or regular yogurt in fajitas, on chili, in dips, sauces and creamy dressings.