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Dec 16, 2013

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I’ve never had chocolate almond milk (aka that non-dairy almond beverage). I’ve always preferred the basic non-flavoured versions but on this particular shopping excursion, I decided to pick up the Natur-A Enriched Chocolate Almond Beverage. I wanted to try something different yet familiar. It might also be a nice decadent treat that still has enough goodies in it to not make me feel too guilty about drinking it!

So..about this Natur-A Enriched Chocolate Almond Beverage….


P
roduct Review: What ingredients are in the Natur-A Enriched Chocolate Almond Beverage?

What ingredients are in Natur-A Enriched Chocolate Almond Beverage? Here’s the list: filtered water, organic cane sugar, almonds, inulin (chicory root fibre), cocoa powder, tricalcium phosphate, canola oil, sea salt, gellan gum, sunflower lecithin, carrageenan, zinc oxide, riboflavin, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin D2, vitamin B12.

Well, that was quite the lengthy list and depending on the type of almond beverage you’re used to buying, some of these ingredients may sound familiar to you. I personally am not a big fan of canola oil so that’s a bit of a turnoff (I’ve mentioned this in other posts too) and the rest of the list…given that I know I’m buying the chocolate version, I kind of expected it. I only hope the taste makes up for this list.


Food Review: how does Natur-A Enriched Chocolate Almond Beverage taste?

Both my big kid and I signed up for this taste test. Give the carton of Natur-A Enriched Chocolate Almond Beverage a shake, open the lid, crack the seal, and pour.

Take a sip.

Well, it’s sweet.

It’s also very chocolaty.

Did I mention it’s sweet?

Yep, that was my first impression (or my first two impressions).

My big kid took a sip, said the Natur-A Enriched Chocolate Almond Beverage tasted good then didn’t want anymore claiming it was too sweet for her liking (just goes to show you that excessive sweetness does not necessarily win over children).

The Natur-A Enriched Chocolate Almond Beverage isn’t bad. Marketed as chocolate, the Natur-A Enriched Chocolate Almond Beverage certainly taste like chocolate and isn’t as sweet as some brands of regular chocolate milk that I’ve tried in the past. However, it is significantly sweeter that what I’m used to.

If I were the folks at Natur-a I would seriously consider putting that organic cane sugar a little lower on the ingredient list. Given that it’s an almond beverage, I’d put almonds second and figure out a better balance to its flavour profile.

Bonus points for the Natur-A Enriched Chocolate Almond Beverage: it’s smooth, rich, and you’d never know it was an almond beverage unless you read the package. You’d also never guess it’s only got 1% fat. It tastes a whole lot more decadent than 1% (which is a good thing if you’re looking for a nice sweet treat substitute). It also has all the goodness that other Natur-a almond beverages have with lots of calcium, vitamin D, riboflavin, vitamin B12 and phosphorus.


Verdict:

Would I ever buy the Natur-A Enriched Chocolate Almond Beverage again? I might if I was in need of a decadent chocolaty treat but I’d do things a little differently. I’d probably mix it with my regular almond milk to reduce the sweetness and make it more palatable for my taste buds.

Those of you with a sweet tooth might think the Natur-A Enriched Chocolate Almond Beverage is perfect as is. I just find it a tad too sweet. Having said that, I’d much rather drink the Natur-A Enriched Chocolate Almond Beverage than go near most big name chocolate bars which I find sweeter than sweet.

Let’s face it, I’m just a gal who likes my almond milk plain and without canola oil whenever possible chilled ice cold and straight from the fridge. It is sooooo yummy.

*runs to the fridge*

 

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