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Apr 2, 2014

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I have decided that sweetened almond milk is NOT for me. I like my almond milk or almond ‘beverage’ plain, original, or neutral. How did I learn this fact? Well, I recently picked up this carton of Silk True Almond Vanilla Fortified Almond Beverage. Why? It was on sale and the plain ol’ regular one was sold out. So, I settled for this one.
BIG MISTAKE.


Taste Test: How did the Silk True Almond Vanilla Fortified Almond Beverage taste?

Let me just cut to the case and tell you I hated the Silk True Almond Vanilla Fortified Almond Beverage. I’ll give you the ingredients later but first, let’s talk about taste.

This Silk True Almond Vanilla Fortified Almond Beverage is SWEET. I’m talking 16 grams of sugar in one 1 cup. Considering my average plain cup of almond beverage is about half that if not less, this was like drinking sugary slop. Ugh.

Sadly, this Silk True Almond Vanilla Fortified Almond Beverage fell prey to my disdain. I’m pretty sure I would have reacted this way to almost any sweetened almond milk. It tasted thick, rich, and excessively sweet. When I read vanilla on the packaging, I envisioned basic almond milk with a hint of vanilla and not this candied version. It’s so sweet, I can’t even taste the almonds!

At the time of this post, I’ve tried the Silk True Almond Vanilla Fortified Almond Beverage and while I’m tolerating it, I can assure you that it’s not my favourite. I have a really hard time drinking it on its own so I end up taking it with a really plain cereal to balance out the flavours.

Ugh. Wait, I said that already.


Product Test: What ingredients are in Silk True Almond Vanilla Fortified Almond Beverage?

Okay, now that I’ve calmed down a bit, let me tell you what ingredients went into Silk True Almond Vanilla Fortified Almond Beverage: almond base (filtered water, almonds), cane sugar, sea salt, natural flavour, locust bean gum, sunflower lecithin, gellan gum along with the following vitamins and minerals: calcium carbonate, zinc gluconate, vitamin A palmitate, riboflavin (B2), vitamin D2, and vitamin B12.

It really is my fault you see. I chose to buy the Silk True Almond Vanilla Fortified Almond Beverage because that was pretty much all that was available. If I had paid more attention I would have known that this would be a sweet one. Although many other almond beverages I’ve reviewed in the past had the sweetener as the second or third ingredient, they were nowhere near this sweet.

Read the nutritional label and you get a completely different story because you can see 16 grams of sugar in one cup of Silk True Almond Vanilla Fortified Almond Beverage. That just goes to show you that the order in the ingredient list is really just in descending order. It doesn’t actually tell you how much there is of any ingredient which is why you have to also look at the daily intake label.


Verdict:

I haven’t had enough sweetened almond beverages to know if I just don’t like the Silk True Almond Vanilla Fortified Almond Beverage or if I don’t like all of them. I guess the only way to really tell is to try a few other brands and see how they all stack up against each other. All I know right now though is that the Silk True Almond Vanilla Fortified Almond Beverage is definitely not for me. I’m sure there are plenty of people who like it otherwise it wouldn’t be on the grocery store shelf.

One thing I do like about the Silk product: it’s non GMO.  I just wished it wasn’t so sweet!  For me…I think I’ll stick with the plain stuff.

 
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