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Almond Milk

MELCH Apr 12, 2012 01:41 PM

I'm new to the almond milk world. Have tried homemade and don't have time to keep making it myself, but want to find the closest thing to it (ie creamy & tasty)!

Have tried a few so far:

- Whole Foods brand - very good but I don't get to whole foods often enough
- Silk brand - very nice
- PC Organics - OK
- Pacific Foods - yucky, threw it out

Do any almond milk connaisseurs have suggestions for me?


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    susan_e_webb RE: MELCH Apr 12, 2012 01:54 PM


    If you can track down some Condorelli-brand Latte di Mandorla (Italian for "almond milk"), you'll be in almond milk heaven! Another 'hound says it is available at the Cheese Boutique on Ripley in Toronto (South of Bloor West Village I think).

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      liverwurst RE: susan_e_webb Apr 12, 2012 06:26 PM

      I like Earth's Own Almond Fresh (original), available in the organic dairy section at Loblaws or at any other natural food stores.

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        caitlink RE: liverwurst Apr 12, 2012 07:15 PM

        I like Silk brand. Easy to find. Often on sale at metro. I like the sugar free kind.

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          susan_e_webb RE: liverwurst May 10, 2012 03:39 PM

          Thanks, liverwurst; I second your suggestion. I've just tried it this week (was on sale at Highland Farms for $1.99 last week) - great for drinking and on cereal too!

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        Wawsanham RE: MELCH Apr 13, 2012 06:12 AM

        I live in Chile so there is no almond milk readily available (it might be at some very fancy store full of imports). It sounds intriguingly delicious, and I'd love to try it. Do you just drink it, or add it to things?

        1. AmyH RE: MELCH Apr 13, 2012 06:21 AM

          I prefer the Blue Diamond brand. Tastes the most like real milk without an almond aftertaste. I had started on the Original (the one with 60 calories) but have since switched to Unsweetened (40) because they were out of the 60 one day. I like it very much, a lot better than soy milk.

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            ferret RE: AmyH Apr 13, 2012 07:07 AM

            One of my kids was trying a lactose-free diet briefly and I picked up the Blue Diamond. I'm not a fan of soy milk but I thought the almond milk was really good and we try to keep it on hand.

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              PAO RE: AmyH Apr 13, 2012 03:13 PM

              I also prefer Blue Diamond, original & unsweetened. To me, it does have an almond taste, so I don't use it in coffee or tea, but it's great on cereal. They also have chocolate, which is also very good. We've used it for smoothies as well and one of these days when I have time, I'll try it for desserts.

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                mattstolz RE: PAO Apr 13, 2012 04:24 PM

                put me down for Blue Diamond as well, original unsweet. i LIKE that it has a little almond taste to it. if i had wanted to be drinking cows milk, i woulda bought it! haha.

                it also makes great chocolate almond butter shakes

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                  gator28 RE: mattstolz Apr 13, 2012 04:27 PM

                  another vote for Blue Diamond. I like all of the unsweetened flavors - original, vanilla, and chocolate. Fave is unsweetened vanilla.

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                    jmcarthur8 RE: gator28 Apr 13, 2012 05:14 PM

                    ++++1 on Blue Diamond. Any flavor. Love it in cereal. Great for drinking.

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                Stephanie Wong RE: AmyH Jun 3, 2012 12:21 AM

                Have any of you tried cooking with the Blue Diamond almond milk? I've been gifted original & coconut.

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                  jmcarthur8 RE: Stephanie Wong Jun 3, 2012 10:00 AM

                  I've made rice pudding, custard and tapioca with them, and those turned out great. I haven't used them in savory dishes, though.

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                ErnieD RE: MELCH Apr 13, 2012 03:47 PM

                I don't have a specific brand to try because I usually look for it on sale. But I do have to say, look at the ingredients. Some have added salt which is really unpleasant if you are using it in coffee or sweet things. Also do NOT go for the Blue Diamond shelf stable version.

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                  circustance RE: ErnieD May 10, 2012 08:40 AM

                  Why not?

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                  circustance RE: MELCH Jun 1, 2012 06:52 PM

                  Question for everyone: on the Blue Diamond Almond Breeze refrigerated half gallons, it says 'use within 7 days.' How many of you chowhounders drink from this stuff well after the 7 days time limit?

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                    jmcarthur8 RE: circustance Jun 2, 2012 10:07 AM

                    I use it till it's gone. Never noticed any difference after 7 days.

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                      AmyH RE: jmcarthur8 Jun 2, 2012 12:19 PM

                      I usually use mine within 10 days once it's opened and have never had a problem.

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                    pegathaismyname RE: MELCH Jun 13, 2012 06:42 PM

                    +1 on Blue Diamond, especially unsweetened vanilla for drinking. Trader Joe's also has their own version, which is excellent, and cheaper, if you can get to a TJ's.

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