Creamers have certainly come far from the “non-dairy” creamers filled with chemical ingredients and, believe it or not, dairy! Those impostors still sit on the shelves of most grocers, but as the “truly” dairy-free demand grows, so do the natural options. The latest is Almond Milk Creamer from So Delicious Dairy Free. Their Coconut Milk Creamers have been wildly popular, but I guess they thought “Why stop there?”
Since I’ve never been a coffee drinker, and tend to stick to green and herbal teas “straight up”, creamer isn’t a luxury that I typically use. But for a proper review, I sampled it with English Breakfast black tea and also got Tony’s thoughts since he does drink coffee and isn’t opposed to the addition of dairy-free creamer.
Original Almond Milk Creamer
I expected it to be a little thicker, but the very fluid, relatively creamy consistency of this almond milk creamer was perhaps a touch more indulgent than 2% milk – for comparison purposes. Not too surprising, I suppose, as 1 tablespoon (the serving size) is virtually fat-free. Fortunately, it flowed perfectly into my hot tea, with no separation. It barely even needed a stir to completely disperse and create a milky beverage.
When tasted straight, the Original Almond Milk Creamer has a gently sweet flavor with a nutty finish. Honestly, I think it would be quite pleasant added to smoothies or over oatmeal for a little extra splash of creaminess. In my tea, the sweetness was quickly muted by the bold tannins, though the creamy aspect did help to mellow the harshness a bit.
French Vanilla Almond Milk Creamer
Light years ahead of the Original in sweetness, the French Vanilla had more of the dessert-like flavor that I think of with traditional dairy creamers. It is made with natural vanilla flavor, rather than pure vanilla extract, which was notable in the more “refined” food taste. Nonetheless, it is a powerful match for the mightiness of black tea and coffee – Tony proclaimed that no added sweetener was even needed, it was “perfect” as is.
For those who enjoy the Coconut Milk Creamer from So Delicious, I sampled the French Vanilla of each type, side by side to compare. Visually, both have more of a tan color than the Original, but the coconut milk creamer just barely edges out the almond milk creamer in sweetness (it does have 1 more gram of sugar per tablespoon) and thickness. And the almond milk creamer still has that telltale, slightly nutty finish.
Certifications: So Delicious Dairy Free Almond Milk Creamer is Certified Gluten-Free, Vegan and Kosher D.E., and Non-GMO Verified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, So Delicious Dairy Free Almond Milk Creamer is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, 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 So Delicious website at www.sodeliciousdairyfree.com.