When I think of Royal Hawaiian Orchards, I’m overcome by the delicious memories of macadamia treats. My mother-in-law religiously sent boxes of their goodies to us whenever they would visit Hawaii. But this tropical company is making a big new splash with their first beverage product: dairy-free macadamia milk.
Royal Hawaiian Orchards Macadamia Milk is a creamy milk beverage that I would liken to a nutty non-dairy upgrade over 1% dairy milk. It looks surprisingly thin when poured, and is fairly low in fat (about 3 to 4.5 grams per cup). However, it has a full-bodied consistency that’s a little rich, yet quite drinkable.
Tasting Notes for Royal Hawaiian Orchards Macadamia Milk
Royal Hawaiian Orchards Macadamia Milk launched in the following four varieties:
Unsweetened Original – I didn’t think the taste of this flavor was neutral, but it wasn’t overpowering either. It has a light macadamia flavor that is pleasant, but not sweet, and could be a solid backdrop for savory recipes. Overall, I thought the flavor profile was simple, well-balanced and versatile.
Unsweetened Vanilla – Royal Hawaiian opted to use a lighter hand with the vanilla than most other non-dairy milk brands. The natural flavoring adds just enough warm sweetness to perfectly compliment granola and smoothies.
Sweetened Original – Do you remember the days of sprinkling sugar on healthy cereals because your parents wouldn’t buy the fun ones? This macadamia milk took me back to those days. It tasted identical to the sugar-infused milk in those bowls of Grape Nuts.
Sweetened Vanilla – Wow, this flavor is shockingly indulgent, and just a smidgen less sweet than a vanilla milkshake, I wouldn’t hesitate to use it in baked goods or for lower fat creamy desserts like pudding.
But I do have a word of warning. The packaging of Royal Hawaiian Orchards Macadamia Milk can be a bit confusing. The Sweetened varieties look nearly identical to the Unsweetened varieties. The design and color is the same, with the Vanillas in blue and the Originals in red. The only two differences are the “Unsweetened” vs “Sweetened” stated at the very top (which is easy to misread!) and the calorie count stamped on the front.
The Facts on Royal Hawaiian Orchards Macadamia Milk
Nutrition Fact Notes: Royal Hawaiian Orchards Macadamia Milk is generously fortified with calcium (50%), vitamin D (25%) and vitamin E (50%). It is void of protein, but is also carrageenan-free and low sugar (0 to 7 grams per cup).
Certifications: Royal Hawaiian Orchards Macadamia Milk is Certified Kosher Parve and Non-GMO Verified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Royal Hawaiian Orchards Macadamia Milk is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and 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 Royal Hawaiian Orchards website at royalhawaiianorchards.com.