I used to watch my mom drink Bailey’s with family and sneak a sip here and there. When I was old enough to drink, I indulged in the original Baileys a couple of times on its own or in coffee drinks. I only drink a couple of times a year, so it was an occasional treat with friends. Then I went vegan and Baileys was off the table. I had forgotten about it until I read stirrings on the internet of a vegan version of Baileys called Almande. To see that it was also labeled gluten free made my heart do a happy dance. As soon as it was available at my local ABC store, I bought a bottle. I am still on my first bottle, but it has been enjoyed in hot chocolate, coffee, and plain. I imagine this bottle will last a while, but I like having it around for an occasional treat by myself, with family, or friends.
Product: Baileys Almonde, Almondmilk Liqueur
Overall Grade: A
- It is vegan and gluten free. It says so on the bottle!
- It is becoming more widely available where alcohol is sold.
- The flavor is sweet and smooth like the original.
- The bottle looks very different from the original, making it easy to determine if you are drinking the vegan version.
- The price seemed in line with other specialty liqueurs.
- Having this option allows for vegans to have more specialty drink options.
- The bottle does not have a “use by” or “best by” date. I have had my bottle for a while and put it in the refrigerator, but I do not know how long I can continue to enjoy it.
- It would be helpful if they put the ingredients on the bottle. Some of us like to know what we are consuming. I read every label, so this was hard for me to trust that the ingredients were fine for me to consume. The only information the bottle gives is that it contains almond and soy ingredients.
I have a confession to make, I have a bit of an attachment to coffee. I have a hard time starting my day without it. There was a few years where I swapped a cup of coffee for a green smoothie, but sweet aroma of coffee called me back. When I see a vegan creamer, I try it out because I love knowing my options. I would prefer not to just have a vegan milk, but an actual creamer because it is thicker and creamier than a milk. When I saw that Coffee-mate was coming out with a line of non-dairy creamers, I was intrigued. I prefer my coffee without sugar or sweet creamers, but it is nice for a treat every so often. I have fond memories of drinking coffee-mate flavored creamers when visiting my sister-in-law. It was always a treat for me since we bought unsweetened creamers. Up until recently, the world of vegan creamers was mostly limited to unflavored soy. I was ok staying in that world, but so many options have been popping up that I have been venturing out.
Product: Natural Bliss Almond Milk Creamer by Coffee-Mate
Overall Grade: B+/A-*
- This tastes very similar to coffee-mate dairy creamers, from what I can remember.
- There are several flavor choices in non dairy: caramel, vanilla, hazelnut, sweet creme
- They are easy for me to find locally at Target and Kroger.
- They were comparable in price to other flavored vegan creamers.
- No gluten, soy, or GMOs.
- I did not taste an overwhelming almond flavor that I do in almond milk and creamers. I do not prefer an almond milk flavor in coffee, so this was a nice change.
- Usually almond creamer takes quite a bit of product to lighten my coffee. This creamer lightened it with about the size of a listed serving on the bottle.
- The creamers were $2.37 on sale at Target. They seemed in line with, if not a little cheaper than other vegan creamers.
- I tried the caramel one and it is very sweet. This could only make an appearance in my coffee on occasion. This could be a pro if you like your coffee extra sweet.
- I didn’t see a plain or unsweetened flavor in stores or on the website. I really wish they come out with that option as I would be more likely to buy it.
*I struggled with grading this creamer. If you are looking for it to taste like a sweet creamer, then this gets an A. The sweetness in this creamer was a bit much for me, but I enjoyed the flavor. My grade leans more toward a B for this reason.
Happy New Year 2017! We are back and blogging, like we promised! In the spirit of the holidays and cold weather, you might be thinking drinks to warm you up. I know that has been on my mind. I bought the Toasted Coconut Almondmilk with that intention, but found myself a bit disappointed. I grappled with what grade to give to this product and I settled on a C. I can’t give it the Veggie Product Reviews Seal of Approval because it is not good enough for our seal. Read on to see why.
Product:Toasted Coconut Almondmilk by Califa Farms
Overall Grade: C
- This product is soy-free, vegan, gluten free, carrageenan-free (for those that care), non-GMO, and BPA-free
- This product has 45% of your daily needs of calcium, that is more than milk!
- This is a low calorie drink at only 45 calories per serving
- It was acceptable as a base to hot chocolate (see the cons to explain)
- This product did not taste good cold or warm on its own. It had a very fake coconut flavor and it was hard to drink. I was only able to drink it as a base to hot chocolate.
- The beverage is a bit thin and not as thick as other vegan milks.
- The fake coconut flavor was overbearing. It is all that I could taste when I drank it alone.
- There is only 6 servings per container. Most other vegan milk brands contain 8 servings per container.
- With only 6 servings, this milk is expensive.
I don’t know about you, but I need my morning cup of Joe each day. At one point I got out of the coffee habit, but now I’m back again in full swing! I have a sweet baby and I’m often up several times in the middle of the night and I need a little caffeine to help get me motivated. There are so many vegan creamers on the market these days that I don’t bother taking it with me on vacation. I usually have a plethora to choose from; however, I was at the beach and went to a Publix only two options were available. Both were sweetened and I prefer my coffee without sweetener. Alas, I needed my morning Joe, so I picked up the Califia Farms Almondmilk Creamer in the original flavor. The taste of the creamer was nice, but is a bit too sweet for me to drink regularly. I liked that it didn’t add an aftertaste like plain almond milk does to coffee.
I have been back from the beach for almost two weeks and I’m still using the creamer. I am finally getting used to it. What’s your favorite vegan creamer? Do you make your own? I’ve been toying with the idea of making one.