Almonds, hazelnuts and cashews have all been “milked” in recent years, but the creamiest nut of them all has been overlooked in North America, until now. Suncoast Gold Macadamia Milk is flying onto our shelves, straight from the largest supplier of macadamia nuts in Australia.
I was introduced to Suncoast Gold Macadamia Milk by my good friend Tess Masters (yes, The Blender Girl!) at Expo West this year. She seriously couldn’t rave enough about the brand, and has even become a spokesperson for them, starring in this informational video for their product launch in North America.
As Tess states, Suncoast Gold Macadamia Milk is quite versatile. It is richer than most milk beverages, and more like a 2% milk in consistency, with about 5 grams of fat per cup. Consequently, it has a nice creamy pour with a full-bodied taste, but a refreshing and somewhat light finish.
In terms of nutritionals, Suncoast Gold Macadamia Milk is not a highly fortified beverage like so many of its competitors. Nonetheless, it does contain 2 grams of fiber and 80 mg of calcium (8% of the RDA) per serving (it is not a notable source of protein). And macadamia nuts are a good source of zinc and potassium.
To establish a base, I trialed the Unsweetened Suncoast Gold Macadamia Milk first. It had a surprising sweet vanilla scent, though there wasn’t a sprinkle of sugar or drop of extract within! And the taste was quite savory, with just natural hints of sweetness that would compliment most dishes – from cream sauces to smoothies.
The Original had the same wonderful natural fragrance, but just enough sugar added (6 grams per cup – still less than dairy milk!) to make it a pleasant, very drinkable beverage on its own. I think this one could win over almond milk fans who are craving a nut milk that is smoother, creamier and not quite as pronounced in flavor.
Certifications: Suncoast Gold Macadamia Milk is labeled as Gluten-Free and GMO-Free, but I did not note any certifications at our time of review.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Suncoast Gold 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 Suncoast Gold website at www.macmilk.com.au (it is an Australian website, but don’t worry, this milk is sold in North America, too!).