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Jul 6, 2013

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I’m lactose intolerant but I need calcium. My solution? Almond milk. I prefer it over some of my other options but I also eat yogurt and cheese. I prefer plain old almond milk and I’m okay if it’s sweetened. I prefer it over the unsweetened almond milk and I’m not a big fan of chocolate almond milk given that I’m also not a big fan of chocolate.

I also happen to be a coconut lover. I will almost always try something that has coconut in it at least once just to see how it tastes. Thus, when Almond Breeze came out with an almond coconut drink, I was intrigued and eager to try it.  After all, it’s lactose free and it’s soy free so it seemed like a no-brainer, right?  Yeah….about that….


Product Review: What ingredients are in the Almond Breeze Almond Coconut drink?

Let’s take a look and find out what ingredients are in the Almond Breeze almond coconut drink: water, evaporated cane juice, almonds, coconut cream (coconut, water, xanthan gum, guar gum), calcium carbonate, potassium citrate, natural flavour, sea salt, carrageenan and sunflower lecithin.

So, let me get this straight. To make the Almond Breeze almond coconut drink, I need all of that stuff? I have to be honest and say it completely creeps me out that a coconut drink consists of all that stuff for it to become an almond coconut drink because you know if you were going to make it at home, you’d just add some pureed coconut to almond milk and call it a day.

I’m not sure how I feel about the ingredient list for the Almond Breeze almond coconut drink. For me to put up with all of that, it has to be one delectably attractive drink. Otherwise, it just wouldn’t be worth it.


Taste Test: Almond Breeze almond coconut drink – how does it taste?

I wish I had a photo to show you of the Almond Breeze almond coconut drink itself but sadly, I just couldn’t get a decent image without it looking like chalky leftovers. What I can tell you is that, like most other almond milks, it has an off-white colour distinctly different from that of regular cow’s milk.

The Almond Breeze almond coconut drink has a thick rich consistency much like a 2% cow’s milk probably thanks to the xanthan gum and guar gum. As for taste, well, let’s just say I prefer regular almond milk a whole lot more.

The addition of so-called coconut to the Almond Breeze brand doesn’t really do much good. It tasted fatty and flat. The Almond Breeze almond coconut drink tasted like creamy almond milk that someone had tossed coconut oil to. It just didn’t have the rich coconut flavour that I was hoping for. Instead, it was almost like the Almond Breeze almond coconut drink was off-gassing a residual coconut spill. It was odd and not particularly palatable.


Verdict:

I’ve now tried enough coconut products to know that they don’t all have to taste like the Almond Breeze almond coconut drink. Generally speaking, I’m quite happy with the Almond Breeze brand. I’ve had their regular sweetened almond milk and I’ve even tolerated their unsweetened almond milk, but there’s nothing that will ever persuade me to go near this Almond Breeze almond coconut drink ever again. I could have reduced this product review to one word: YUCK.

Now, I’m sure some of you will venture to try the Almond Breeze almond coconut drink for yourselves and do feel free to do so. After all, I can only speak for my own taste buds but this Almond Breeze almond coconut drink was just a letdown for this coconut fanatic. This Almond Breeze almond coconut drink does give you 30% of your daily recommended intake of calcium and 10% of vitamin E but for what I have to ingest, I’d much rather go with the basic Almond Breeze almond milk. Sorry, Almond Breeze. Better luck next time.

 

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