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Oct 26, 2013

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Those of you who regularly read ThingsThatWeDo.com know I’m not exactly a milk drinker. Correction, my body communicates to me in very specific ways when I drink milk. Yogurt, cheese, ice cream are all happy places to be but milk screams with a big capital N-O. Thus, almond drinks have been my go-to source for calcium and other goodies.

Now, I usually venture towards the basic almond drink. I can’t imagine drinking strawberry or chocolate almond drinks and I already know I didn’t like that coconut almond drink that I tested a while back. So, it should come as no surprise to you all that this will be the first time I’m trying out a vanilla flavoured almond drink.

Allow me to introduce you to Almond Dream Enriched Vanilla almond drink. Ask me why I decided to test it out and I’ll be honest and tell you that I bought the Almond Dream Enriched Vanilla almond drink because it was the only one on sale. None of my other regulars were on sale which is the only reason why I decided this would be the week to test it out for ThingsThatWeDo.com.

I don’t have high hopes because I’m just not a big fan of flavoured almond drinks. I can only hope the Almond Dream Enriched Vanilla almond drink is palatable.


Product Review: What ingredients are in Almond Dream Enriched Vanilla almond drink?

So, what are the ingredients in Almond Dream Enriched Vanilla almond drink? You’ll find water, almonds, evaporated cane juice, inulin, natural vanilla flavour, canola oil, tricalcium phosphate, soy lecithin, sea salt, carrageenan, gellan gum, vitamins and minerals (vitamin A palmitate, ergocalciferol, cyanocobalamin, riboflavin, zinc, sulphate).

You know, the whole natural flavour thing always creeps me out but I recognize that other products use that lingo too. Don’t like the whole use of canola oil either. Hm..water as first ingredient is good but they didn’t bother to tell me if it was filtered water or whatnot so that’s not good. Huh.


How does Almond Dream Enriched Vanilla almond drink taste?

Open up the carton of Almond Dream Enriched Vanilla almond drink and it looks alright, just like all the other almond drinks. Minor difference: it has a slightly more caramel colour to it which I’m attributing to the whole vanilla component but otherwise I don’t smell any overly pungent or artificial smelling vanilla so that’s a good thing.

Take a sip and surprisingly, the Almond Dream Enriched Vanilla almond drink tastes pretty good. Despite the canola oil and my worry about it tasting like artificial vanilla, the Almond Dream Enriched Vanilla almond drink was smooth, delicious, and had just the slightest hint of vanilla that wasn’t overpowering at all. It also wasn’t too sweet which was yet another good thing. Imagine: regular almond milk with just the faintest note of vanilla.

Overall, not bad at all.


Verdict:

Now, I’ve just told you that the Almond Dream Enriched Vanilla almond drink wasn’t bad at all. Despite my whole ‘I don’t drink flavoured almond milk’ stance, I was quite surprised at how good it tasted. It was the exact opposite of what I’d envisioned.  Like other almond drinks, it also provides a good kick of calcium, vitamin D, riboflavin, vitamin B12, and zinc.

BUT.

Would I buy it again?

Well, I’m not sure. You see, I’m just not a big fan of canola oil and having it in the Almond Dream Enriched Vanilla almond drink really is a damper for me. I don’t cook with canola oil, I don’t have it in my home, and I just can’t fathom its existence. That would be my biggest hang up about consuming the Almond Dream Enriched Vanilla almond drink on a regular basis. If it was seriously on sale or if I didn’t have any other alternatives, then I guess I’d pick it up but there are plenty other almond drinks that don’t use canola oil so I’m not exactly restricted in my options.

I mean, Almond Dream Enriched Vanilla almond drink isn’t atrocious but why go there if I don’t need to?

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Now, I had a bit of trouble finding their website through a simple google so it’s a good thing I remembered to take a photo of their contact info. In case you want to read more details about this product, visit their website by clicking here.

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