Taste Test – So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage

I’d see it on all the blogs. And then noticed it in my store. But it took a customer to tell me how much he and his kids love it to finally break down and buy myself some…

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So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage. I know, it’s coconut, what took me so long to buy it? Seriously.

It really was the customer that came through my till who sold me on trying it though. I guess his kids were found to be lactose intolerant, so they had switched to non-dairy milks. And he said this was the one they all loved the best for it’s flavour and consistency, and thought it was great on cereal, in coffee, etc. I figured if this middle-aged burly dad liked it, it had to be pretty good. In fact, I bought a carton on the way home after that shift.

I made sure to try out the unsweetened flavour in a variety of ways, to ensure a fair and honest review of the product for you all.

 

First, straight up.

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Nice bright white colour, with a consistency much like cow’s milk. Very subtle coconut flavour. Not as watery as other non-dairy milk alternatives like almond, rice, etc. Pleasant to drink as it is, although I’m not a big straight up milk drinker of any kind, other than maybe chocolate 😉

 

Next up – incorporating it into breakfast. Because really, that’s when most of my milk consumption happens. 

I tried it with my Marvellous Muesli Mix, topped with fresh raspberries.

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Blended into the only decent smoothie I can make with no blender (more on that in another post).

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And as the liquid for some Chocolate Chia Goodness…again topped with raspberries. Can you tell what fruit is currently in season here?

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So far, so good. I think the consistency is key here, because it’s so very much like milk. Great mouth feel. And it made for one delectably creamy smoothie!

 

I also tried it in my tea – a nice organic coconut rooibos.

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No separation or anything weird when mixed into a very hot liquid. Still going good.

 

I needed a bigger test to truly determine the worth of this tasty coconut beverage. So when I found myself craving a cheesy pasta sauce I knew what I had to do.

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I tried it out in your basic white sauce – 2 tbsp melted fat (aka butter) + 2 tbsp flour + 1 cup milk of choice. To make it a cheese sauce, well, add cheese. And seasonings if you are fancy pants like me.

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Although the baby spinach wasn’t the best addition (steamed broccoli would have been better), I didn’t let it hamper my opinion of the sauce. Which, by the way, I would deem a success! The hint of coconut was no where to be found, but I still had a creamy, cheesy, cohesive sauce to coat my pasta.

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It helped that I also stirred in a few chunks of bocconcini to add to the ooey gooey factor.

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The sauce did separate upon reheating the next day at work, but that happens with a lot of white/cheese sauces, so I won’t hold it against the coconut milk.

 

Sounds like the perfect non-dairy beverage, doesn’t it? Well…it almost is. Let’s take a peek at the nutritional information panel and ingredients.

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Here’s where my only issue with the product lies – it is not fortified in calcium, vitamin D, or anything else for that matter. Now, I know we can get these vitamins and minerals from other sources (although if you live where I do, you should probably be supplementing your diet with vitamin D anyways), but many people who are looking to replace cow’s milk with non-dairy milks still expect it to provide them with these nutrients. And some do – soy milk, some almond milks, rice milks, etc. But in Canada, there is no consistency in which non-dairy milks are fortified and which aren’t. I emailed So Delicious about the lack of fortification (their US products are in fact fortified with a variety of nutrients), and apparently this is an issue with Health Canada not allowing them to add these nutrients to their product. So I say to you, Health Canada – what’s the deal? Why is there no consistency in fortification of non-dairy milks? This is very confusing for the consumer, because let’s face it, not everyone pays attention to every detail on the label. Some may assume that all of the milk alternatives are created equal, when in fact they are not.

But I shall end my rant there.

 

Overall, I actually think this is an excellent product and a great cow’s milk replacement based on taste, mouth feel, and versatility. Price wise it is on par with other milk alternatives, and is similar in price (at my store anyways) to organic cow’s milk and lactose-free milk. Like the majority of milk alternatives (aside from soy), it is not a source of protein, so keep that in mind when building your meals – you might not get the same satiety you do with cow’s or soy milk. It is also non-GMO, certified organic, and gluten-free. I would like to see the product fortified with at least calcium and vitamin D, but despite that, I’ve gone on to buy this milk two more times because it’s just plain good. So I say give it a go!

 

Have you tried So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage? What do you think? Do you like other non-dairy milks better? Which ones?

 

Disclaimer – More of my hard earned dollars were spent on buying this product, and no one has compensated me for my opinions. I am a free spirit who won’t be contained!

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9 Comments on “Taste Test – So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage”

  1. July 27, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    Hi Marianne! Thank you so much for the lovely review of our Unsweetened Coconut Milk Beverage! We’re delighted that you are enjoying it in so many delicious ways! We wanted to let you know that unlike our our products offered in the US, at present, Health Canada does not permit us to fortify our coconut milk, although they do permit fortification of other non-dairy beverages. We continue to work with Health Canada to seek authorization to permit the fortification of our coconut milk beverages.

    And while we are not able to fortify our coconut milk beverages with vitamins and minerals in Canada, the good news is that all of our coconut milk products in both the US and Canada are as you mentioned, made with organic and non-GMO-verified coconuts. They’re also low in sodium and rich in naturally energizing medium-chain fatty acids, and we hope you will continue to enjoy them. We’re also excited to let you know that So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt and Coffee Creamer will begin hitting store shelves in Canada a little later this year. We’ll be anxious to hear what you think of them, too!

  2. July 27, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

    I actually just had some of this coconut milk for dinner in a pineapple smoothie. I definitely don’t prefer it over almond milk or soymilk, but it’s nice for cooking recipes that call for coconut milk–provides the same flavor with fewer calories. I also don’t like to consume it as a replacement for dairy due to its total lack of calcium and protein.

    • July 27, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

      I disagree on it being a substitute for canned coconut milk, because it has such a faint coconut flavour, and definitely lacks the same consistency. But I do think it trumps almond milk for it’s less watery consistancy, but that’s just me. As for lack of protein…I don’t see it as much of an issue, because I seriously doubt I’m lacking in protein anyways, and feel that in general society puts more emphasis on consuming protein than need be.

  3. July 28, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    If you like the milk you would love the coffee creamer. Makes any latte, tea, or coffee beverage even more yummy!

    • July 29, 2011 at 1:37 am #

      Sadly the creamer is not yet available in Canada – hopefully soon!

  4. July 30, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    Hi, there!!! It’s my first time commenting 😀
    I honestly didn’t like the So Delicious coconut milk. I didn’t like the ingredients particularly, and as you mentioned, I was disappointed that it wasn’t fortified with ‘anything.’ I am aware of the regulations, but Almond Fresh (my favorite beverage) is very much fortified on the contrary. I realized I could make my own very easily with canned + filtered water, so I just decided to not waste my money on it anymore.
    I think this is a wonderful review portraying both positive & negative sides of the beverage!
    Thanks!

  5. July 31, 2011 at 7:50 am #

    I just bought another carton Friday. I really like it although Almond Breeze is still my favourite.

  6. August 10, 2014 at 10:16 pm #

    Good day! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team of volunteers and starting a new prroject in a community in the same niche.
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  7. Angie
    October 9, 2014 at 6:36 am #

    I tried the SO unsweetened coconut milk for the first time this morning. I found the feel nice but the flavor was anything but pleasant. No trace of coconut and a strange after taste. I will try one of the others to see if I can handle coconut milk in my diet. I was disappointed.

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