I teased you on Facebook this morning by showing you a picture of boxes on my doorstep that arrived early this morning from So Delicious. I promised you a review and have been working on it feverishly all day (If you can call eating….er sampling products “work.”). Have I mentioned how much I love what I do? I felt like a kid on Christmas morning when the boxes arrived.
These products haven’t even hit the stores yet, so I truly feel honored that So Delicious asked me to review them. Are you dying to know what these new products are??? I am sure the suspense is killing you. So Delicious has come out with a new line of non-dairy almond milk products!
I am one of the most fervent supporters of Turtle Mountain’s So Delicious line. An outsider might assume that I am on their payroll, but I assure you I am not. So Delicious has provided my family with so much joy through their wonderful products and I will forever be grateful to them for that. I am also very appreciative of the fact that they are committed to providing products that are 100% plant based with no artificial sweeteners, trans-fats or hydrogenated oils.
NEW PRODUCT REVIEWS
I have been an almond milk drinker for years and have liked what I bought well enough, but I have had complaints. I usually purchase lowfat unsweetened vanilla almond milk and it tends to be watery and lacking body (akin to fat free milk). The new So Delicious line of almond milk is LOWER in fat, HIGHER in protein (5 times more!!!), LOWER in sodium, and LOWER in sugar that my usual brand, AND has body. How do they do that? I swear they have magicians working in the R & D department.
I tried both the Vanilla and the Original and was impressed by both. I am definitely switching to this brand of almond milk once I finish the boxes of my old brand that line my pantry. I am excited to try the Unsweetened variety for savory cooking applications.
The Almond Novelties I tried were awesome. While I really liked both, I ended-up doing more than “sampling” the Chocolate Covered Vanilla Mini (I demolished the entire bar). I appreciate the fact that they make these desserts minis…otherwise I would probably end-up being maxi.
All kidding aside, the bars are very reasonable dessert choices in that they range from 90-150 calories each. The ice cream sandwiches (which I didn’t try) have only 2.5 grams of fat a piece. Not bad at all!
And then there was ice cream…
I will be the first to admit that almond milk ice creams are not usually my favorite because they tend to be a bit on the icy side and not at all creamy. Not so with these. I am not sure how they did it (that’s why they make the big bucks), but they managed to make creamy almond milk ice cream. I am usually a chocolate (with peanut butter OR mint) kinda gal, but I couldn’t get enough of their Butter Pecan almond milk ice cream.
I tasted buttered pecans and brown sugar on every spoonful. At 160 calories and 7 grams of sugar per serving I am amazed that they were able to pack so much flavor into each bite. Divine. I was also pleasantly surprised by the Cherry Amaretto flavor which was so fresh tasting and loaded with cherries. The Chocolate was über creamy and the Mocha Almond Fudge had just the right amount of coffee flavor and was very generous with almond chunks, though I wish it was more generous with the fudge (but like I said, I am a chocolate kinda gal).
Onto the real test of almond milk ice cream…vanilla. Their Vanilla was so light, delicate, and decadently creamy which is a huge feat for almond milk ice cream. All others that I have tried have failed in the vanilla department in my opinion since the taste of almond and iciness is usually so present. With So Delicious’s Vanilla all I tasted was a beautiful creamy vanilla. I am blown away. So Delicious has a few additional flavors which I did not sample, but I am sure will impress as well; Cookies N’ Cream & Mint Chip.
What surprised me most about the products is that even after eating copious amounts of them (I did it all for you) I never experienced the sugar crash or craze that I usually do. What gives? The frozen dessert pints are lower in sugar than other almond milk frozen desserts due to the use of monkfruit as a sweetener (they range from 6-10 grams of sugar per serving).
I am so excited for all of you to try these new products. The Almond Plus almond milk is already rolling out to stores! The remaining almond milk based products will be available the Spring 2012 (I believe they will begin hitting shelves in March).
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