We have not yet trialed Califia Farms Horchata, so this is an informational post only (see comments; others may have shared their thoughts). I cannot yet give it a rating or personally weigh in on the taste, consistency, etc, but if you have tried it, please do leave a comment with your take on these beverages!
Formerly just a summer seasonal treat, Califia Farms Horchata is now available year round!
Horchata encompasses a range of relatively creamy beverages adored by many Spanish-speaking countries, which can be made from a base of ground almonds, sesame seeds, rice, barley, or tigernuts (Spain). Horchata is traditionally dairy-free, but in the U.S. and even some Latin countries, it’s often cut with dairy milk. It is usually served ice cold, but the creamier versions (like Califia Farms Horchata) are reportedly tasty when heated, like a warm spiced milk.
Califia Farms Horchata is strictly dairy-free and vegan (yes, it’s soy-free and carrageenan-free, too!), and it is a heavily fortified treat – 45% of the RDA for calcium in just 1 cup!
The Classic Cinnamon Califia Farms Horchata is closer to traditional horchata by ingredients, with a base blend of almond, rice and tigernut milk beverages and spiked with both cinnamon and nutmeg. It can be enjoyed straight up or in recipes like this Creamy Cinnamon Vanilla Milkshake.
The Vanilla Coconut Califia Farms Horchata veers a bit from the norm with a base blend of almond, coconut and rice milk beverages. Despite the name, it is also spiked with cinnamon and nutmeg. Califia has a recipe for this one, too: Coconut Vegan “Ice Cream” Sundaes.
Both of the Califia Farms Horchata beverages are quite creamy, as pictured, and are reportedly sweet, but not too sweet. They’re actually somewhat modest in sugars (11 grams per serving), particularly when compared to sweetened dairy milks, and low in fat (2 grams per serving).
Certifications: Califia Farms Horchata with Almond Milk is labeled as non-GMO, vegan and gluten-free, but we didn’t see any certifications.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Califia Farms Horchata with Almond Milk is are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, 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.