Icelandic Yogurt Explained

 

Icelandic yogurt, also known as Skyr, is thicker than Greek yogurt and very high in protein. It is thick to the point where some people like to thin it out with added milk. However, we love it just the way it is.

Icelandic yogurt  is typically made from non-fat milk and live cultures. However, brands like Siggi’s  manufacturer 2 percent and whole milk Icelandic yogurt.

The Icelandic yogurt is strained several times to remove the excess liquid, which results in a super thick texture and a high protein content. The protein is approximately triple that of regular yogurt for many brands. Additionally, Icelandic yogurt contains probiotics (good bacteria), which help with digestion and aid the immune system.

The taste is a slightly sour but still pleasant enough to eat. The store-bought skyr can be found in a wide variety with added fruit, which tends to dim down any sour taste. As with Greek yogurt, Icelandic yogurt can be used to make a long list of foods, such as desserts, dips, and smoothies.

Although it is called “Icelandic” yogurt and is popular in Iceland, it has become increasing available in the United States.  Depending on where you live, a few of the major brands can be found at place like Whole Foods, Kroger, and Target and Meijer. A single-serve Icelandic yogurt typical sells for approximately $1.25  a container here in the Midwest.

We have listed a few brands below if you are interested in trying them out. Each of the manufacturers websites have a “where to buy” section, which allows you to type in your zip code to find the nearest selling store.

Siggi’s

Smari

Skyr

Icelandic Provisions