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…
…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.
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.
Blended into the only decent smoothie I can make with no blender (more on that in another post).
And as the liquid for some Chocolate Chia Goodness…again topped with raspberries. Can you tell what fruit is currently in season here?
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.
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.
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.
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.
It helped that I also stirred in a few chunks of bocconcini to add to the ooey gooey factor.
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.
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!