In a search for the latest and greatest in dairy alternatives, I was sucked in by the cute barista-style packaging and amazing flavors of Califia Farms AlmondMilk Creamer: Original, Vanilla, Hazelnut and Caramel Pecan.
Could Califia Farms AlmondMilk Creamer be your holy grail for that perfect morning cup of dairy-free java? Well let me give you all of the details – tasting notes, performance, ingredient benefits and concerns – and you can decide for yourself.
We opted to trial the two ends of the spectrum: the basic Original and the unique uber-flavorful Pecan Caramel. Tony handled the tasting of these two Califia Farms AlmondMilk Creamer varieties in coffee, and I tried sips straight up and gave them a whirl in tea. As we poured, I noticed the neat portion control spout that keeps you from flooding your beverage – the stream shown below is actually full tilt!
Original – Wow! This tastes insanely sweet and scrumptious on its own, almost like almond-vanilla ice cream. In fact, I think you could pour this stuff straight into your ice cream maker for a one-ingredient frozen dessert. Tony thought this Califia Fams AlmondMilk Creamer melded very well into coffee; he likened it to Coffeemate in its effect and seamlessness, but said it was definitely better tasting. He usually adds sugar to his coffee, but said none was necessary with this sweet addition.
Pecan Caramel – As a lover of pecan pralines, I found the rich flavor of this creamer to be glorious. Tony agreed that it was mighty tasty, and could also be churned into a sweet ice cream, no other additions required. The color is even a little more tan (pictured) than the Original, so I wouldn’t expect a strong whitening effect, particularly if you don’t like your coffee or tea too sweet.
A few quick notes on Califia Farms AlmondMilk Creamer… almond milk is indeed the first ingredient, and there are less additives in this pour than your typical creamer. But, it does contain carrageenan, as most dairy-free creamers do. Nonetheless, given the recent transition away from this ingredient, I was a bit surprised to see this in a new product and just wanted to give a heads up. Also, it says “Drink Freely” all over the package. I believe this is their slogan, but still thought it odd on a creamer so loaded in sugars. Rather than drinking freely, I’d use just a couple servings (1 tablespoon per serving) to avoid a big glycemic spike.
Certifications: Califia Farms AlmondMilk Creamer is Certified Kosher Parve. It is also labeled as vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO, but we didn’t note certifications for these.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Califia Farms Almondmilk Creamer is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Califia Farms website at www.califiafarms.com.