Califia Farms AlmondMilk Creamer for Coffee and Tea

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Version:
Original, Pecan Caramel
Price:
$5.49 per 32-ounce carton

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Rating:
5
On June 8, 2015
Last modified:February 20, 2017

Summary:

With a taste like liquid ice cream, it's hard not to love these insanely sweet flavors. Just a few splashes adds dairy-free, soy-free indulgence to any cup of joe or tea. Plus, they disperse seamlessly for a full-bodied experience. That said, if you like a rich and very creamy effect, it's difficult to use enough without creating a straight up dessert beverage.

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.

Califia Farms AlmondMilk Creamer for Coffee and Tea - Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan (available in four flavors: Original, Vanilla, Hazelnut and Pecan Caramel)

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.

Tasting Notes for Califia Farms AlmondMilk Creamer

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!

Califia Farms AlmondMilk Creamer for Coffee and Tea - Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan (available in four flavors: Original, Vanilla, Hazelnut and Pecan Caramel)

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. We think it could 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.

Califia Farms AlmondMilk Creamer for Coffee and Tea - Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan (available in four flavors: Original, Vanilla, Hazelnut and Pecan Caramel)

The Facts on Califia Farms AlmondMilk Creamer

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.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

51 Comments

  1. So, it is now May, 2018. I just read through these posts after just purchasing my first Califia Better Half Vanilla Coconut Creme & Almondmilk. I have been seeking an alternative to dairy cream for some time now, but nothing thickens like real half ‘n half.

    This Califia does produce the creaminess of half ‘n half, but does not whiten. But that’s okay. The flavor is fine, but I do get “flakyness” in the coffee that at first I thought was spoilage. Neither my wife nor myself could smell any sour odor, so I continued using it. I’ve now been through a 16.9 fl oz container with no problem and satisfied to reduce my cream dairy intake.

    Have the coconut blending supposedly been resolved by now?

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