REVIEW: Chobani Flip Sriracha Mango
Ok, normally this is the part of the review where I’d complain that this sriracha-everything nonsense has carried on for too long. I mean, we reviewed a sriracha beer for Christ’s sake. It was terrible (let me remind you that it was a sriracha beer), and I thought that beer was my swan song when it came to sriracha junk. Don’t get me wrong – I really like sriracha sauce. I just think the time has come for us to collectively move on. Sriracha hasn’t really been used in any novel way for quite some time now. I’m just exhausted – I’m over it.
GUYS, I’M BACK IN. Chobani Flip Sriracha Mango just dropped, and spice + yogurt hasn’t been commercialized yet in the States. New and exciting! This is one of two new spicy flavors from Chobani; the other being Chobani Flip Chipotle Pineapple. Now before you barf, spices and yogurt isn’t an unheard of combination. If you’re a fan of Indian cuisine, you may have tried raita, a yogurt and cucumber condiment often served alongside spiced dishes such as half the menu that I can’t pronounce so I just point at them. I’ve had raita – it’s delicious – and not only does it serve as a cooling agent for the palette, the flavors combine well. If you’re not a fan of Indian food, well then yes this Chobani Flip Sriracha Mango may cause you to vomit.
Now, it’s worth mentioning that Chobani Flip Sriracha Mango is a far-stretch from a sriracha-flavored yogurt. What we have here is a mango flavored yogurt with sriracha-coated rice crisps, mini sesame sticks, and roasted and salted cashew pieces. If you ask me, it’s kind of some sriracha-flavored bullshit that Chobani put the “Sriracha” before “Mango” in the title if only one of the mix-ins has sriracha on it. But I’ll reserve any harsh criticism until after I’ve tried it. I like the savory angle here, and hopefully there’s enough sriracha on these rice crisps to make me realize that this is probably a terrible idea.
First the Chobani Mango by itself. Who cares. Let’s dump in the sriracha and get this going. Ok, some more BS. All I taste is mango. And not only that, but… wait. What’s.. what’s going on? The sriracha is building! These little Sriracha Rice Krispies do carry enough punch to permeate the entire flavor… it just takes a little bit of time! Chobani, you sneaky sons of bitches.
But do I actually enjoy this? That I’m not so sure… let’s go with “sort of.” Once you have sriracha all over your taste buds, it gets harder and harder to distinguish the sweet, juicy mango. The combination of the two does eliminate that Greek Yogurt tang that some people really hate, so no worries about that. Spice + Sweet + Tang would have been a lot to handle altogether. The sriracha crisps are incredibly crunchy and full of flavor, but the other two mix-ins in Chobani Flip Sriracha Mango (mini sesame sticks and cashew pieces) didn’t offer much of anything for me. That’s because the sriracha crisps outweigh the other two pretty decisively in terms of volume and were the most heavily seasoned of the bunch.
Though I take absolutely no issues with this, Chobani Flip Sriracha Mango does feel a little gimmicky. I think Chobani may have wanted to nab some press with an attention-grabbing flavor here. While I (kind of) enjoyed this and definitely didn’t barf, my biggest issue is that the Sriracha & Mango combination feels detached and separate; mango on the front-end, sriracha on the back-end, with not much additive effect when combined. But if you really, really like sriracha flavored snacks, then Greek yogurt isn’t an offensive vehicle as some may have feared.
I imagine most people are going to have a more difficult time with Chobani Flip Sriracha Mango than I did. Remember that sriracha sauce includes garlic and vinegar. Do you want that in your yogurt? Probably not, but I think Chobani Flip Sriracha Mango is fun and quirky enough that I will repeat buy it a few more times to really wrap my head around it. I may be the only one though.
Let us know in the comments if you’re willing to give spice + yogurt a shot!
Makes Headlines Rating: 10 out of 10
Makes You Barf Rating: 1.5 out of 10
Overall Rating: 6.5 out of 10
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