REVIEW: Silk PureAlmond Almond Milk (Original and Vanilla)

Written by | May 10, 2010

Topics: 7 Rating, Silk Soymilk

The new Silk PureAlmond Almond Milk continues my amazement with Silk and their ability to get milk from things that don’t have teats. Although if you put together two almonds side-by-side, they look like tanned shriveled boobs that never saw a bra in their lives and lost to gravity eons ago.

Call me unsophisticated or a sucker of the dairy industry’s nipple, but I’ve never heard of almond milk. Actually, I didn’t know almonds could be made into anything other than trail mix, desserts, Almond Joy and Almond Roca.

Almonds are known for being wholesome because they’re packed with vitamin E and contain the heart-healthy and prefix-happy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats; almond milk contains all the benefits of almonds and it’s lower in calories than regular milk; and almond eyes mesmerize me. Silk’s version of this milk alternative made from a saggy boob-shaped nut comes in two varieties — original and vanilla.

As someone who has never consumed almond milk, but eats a lot of Almond Roca, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Fortunately, after trying both varieties, I have to say Silk did a good job of creating something that didn’t gross me out.

The original version tastes like almonds with a little bit of sweetness. So if you’ve had an almond, whether it be from a trail mix or given to you by friendly squirrel, you’ll know what the original Silk PureAlmond is like. At first, I thought it was weird drinking something that has the flavor of a solid and crunchy nut, but after a few more sips it quickly became no big deal. The vanilla version was significantly sweeter than the original variety. While the original version has seven grams of sugar, the vanilla one has more than double the amount. The nutty flavor is less noticeable thanks to the “natural vanilla flavor,” but I do believe it makes almond milk more palatable for those who aren’t used to it.

Not only are both flavors delicious and nutritious, they’re also lactose- and soy-free and have a consistency that’s thicker than most soy milk. However, they’re also very low in protein, which isn’t a problem for cow and soy milk. But if you hate moo milk and are allergic to soy, or you’re lactose-intolerant and hate soy, or any other combination of allergies and hate, I’d suggest giving Silk PureAlmond Almond Milk a try.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 cup – Vanilla – 90 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0.5 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 1.5 grams of monounsaturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 150 milligrams of sodium, 150 milligrams of potassium, 16 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 15 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein. Original – 60 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0.5 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 1.5 grams of monounsaturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 150 milligrams of sodium, 150 milligrams of potassium, 8 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 7 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein. Vitamins & Minerals – 10% vitamin A, 30% calcium, 25% vitamin D, 2% riboflavin, 4% magnesium, 2% copper, 4% iron, 50% vitamin E, 6% phosphorus, 2% zinc and 6% manganese.)

Item: Silk PureAlmond Almond Milk (Original and Vanilla)
Price: $3.49 each
Size: Half gallon
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 7 out of 10 (Vanilla)
Rating: 7 out of 10 (Original)
Pros: Both flavors are tasty. Lower in calories than regular milk. No saturated fat. Contains polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. Good source of calcium and vitamin D. Kick ass source of vitamin E. Silk’s ability to get milk from things that don’t have teats.
Cons: Very little protein. Original flavor may take some getting used to if you’ve never had almond milk before. Vanilla flavor might be too sweet for some. Almonds look like tanned saggy boobs.






11 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Chuck says:

    “A combination of allergies and hate” sounds like a good title to an article or short story, but I don’t know exactly what it would be about.

    • Gordon Shumway says:

      It would be about the unleashed vengence of an allergy ridden vegan hipster. Gluten based fake meat industry beware! Here comes The Sickly One in, “A Combonation of Allergies and Hate”

    • Marvo says:

      Am I going to have to write a short story now? Here is goes…It was a dark and stormy night…

  2. rodzilla says:

    I like unsweetened almond breeze myself. May need a splenda or two to sweeten.

  3. Marvo says:

    @rodzilla: While doing research for this review kept reading about Almond Breeze and what I discovered was that there are some loyal Almond Breeze drinkers out there. They totally dissed the Silk version. Man, it’s like Coke and Pepsi.

  4. Frog says:

    Hmm. Since I moved to the states 10 years + ago I’ve become so lactose intolerant it’s embarrassing. I have yet to try almond milk. This may be a good one to try! Probably would be good for smoothies.

  5. Sarah Lynn says:

    Almond Breeze all the way, baby!

    Silk should stick to Soy Milk.

    Holycow tongue twister .

  6. rodzilla says:

    @Marvo, I was unaware of the brand loyalists when it came to almond milk. I suspect they’re the same chobani vs FAGE camp.

  7. amanda says:

    Yeah I am also an Almond Breeze loyal drinker. I tried Silk’s version and just really not the same. For the record, I am also a coke zero drink. Screw pepsi!

  8. Marvo says:

    @Frog: Didn’t get to try it in a smoothie, but I imagine the nutty flavor would be a good addition to a smoothie. Cool Whip is also a good addition to a smoothie, but that might be my own personal preference.

    @Sarah Lynn: To make it even more of a tongue twister…Sucka Silk should stick to silly soy milk.

    @rodzilla: Greek yogurt people are f’ing crazy! Actually, I’m pretending I’m knowledgeable about Chobani and FAGE. I had to Google them to find out what they were. I originally thought they were European soccer teams.

    @amanda: Screw Pepsi! Oh, dems fighting words. Screw Almond Breeze! Silk 4 Life, y’all! Represent!

  9. Stylo says:

    I tried the Almond Breeze stuff for my first dive into almond milk land and was unimpressed, and almost gave up on the stuff to return to soy milk country. Then, I saw on a return trip to the market the Silk PureAlmond milk and this one is muy muy bueno. The vanilla version is almost good enough to double as a smoothie substitute. Almond Breeze is but a foul inferior product.



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