Soy milk divides people. Some swear by it, others hate it. As much as I enjoy the stuff, soy milk doesn’t taste like cow’s milk. Soy milk tastes like soy milk, and soy milk is an acquired taste. Sorry, soy boosters.
But soy isn’t the only game in town when it comes to milk alternatives. A few years back, a friend recommended chocolate almond milk as a way to ease me into the mysteries of milk from beans, nuts and grains. The logic, so it goes, is that everyone loves chocolate-covered almonds, so how could anyone hate a liquid version of the quintessential fundraising snack? My friend was right.
Silk True Almond Dark Chocolate Almond Milk is so thick, it feels like drinking motor oil. (Note: NEAROF does not condone drinking motor oil.) It’s not slimy or slick, but rather smooth and heavy on the tongue. It’s like drinking a piece of absurdly rich, velvety sweet chocolate cake.
The almond taste is present right away, then fades back, then comes on strong in the finish. It’s a toasted, nutty taste, a roasted almond flavour that’s more mixed nuts than marzipan.
But does it make a decent cup of hot chocolate? I microwaved a cup of the stuff, then added a homemade marshmallow to the top. The result?
Meh. Served hot, it’s not nearly as good. The mouthfeel becomes strange, and the best parts of the flavour fall back, allowing less pleasant elements to come forward. Even the chocolate mint marshmallow wasn’t enough to save it. If you’re going to give it a try, make sure it’s plenty hot, and not even kinda-sorta lukewarm. I didn’t like it, but maybe you will. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
So, yeah. Silk True Almond Dark Chocolate is great for folks who love chocolate milk, but can’t handle either lactose or the taste of soy milk. And it’s damned delish. Just don’t turn it into hot chocolate.
RATINGS AND DETAILS
Cost: About $5 for a 2 litre carton.
Value for cash money: Costs more than milk, but the value is good for how delicious (and nutritious) it is.
Availability: This is the first time I spotted this brand of chocolate almond milk in my supermarket’s refrigerator case. Other types of chocolate almond milk are widely available.
Nutrition?: 120 calories per 250 ml. Fortified like crazy, just like a lot of soy milk. And yet, very little protein compared to soy milk.
The verdict: The perfect gateway drug to the mysterious world of milk alternatives. And I mean that in a good way.