REVIEW: Starbucks Nondairy Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

Here’s a little TMI about me. My go-to drink at Starbucks is the Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew. Actually, it’s the only drink in my regular Starbucks coffee rotation because, as my therapist has pointed out, I don’t like coming out of my comfort zone. Also, it’s a simple drink — vanilla syrup, vanilla sweet cream, ice, and cold brew. The only times I deviate is when I have to review something new. But no matter how good those new products are, none of them stick with me, so it’s back to c-old relia-brew.

But there’s now a new cold brew drink on the menu that might have a chance to stick with me — the Nondairy Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew. Yes, it’s the same drink, but it’s nondairy. Oatmilk and soy milk are used to make the dairy-less vanilla sweet cream, which helps make this coffee drink slightly healthier than the regular version. In a grande, we’re talking about four grams less saturated fat and a slight decrease in calories, total fat, and sugar.

There’s a slightly odd vegetable flavor with the very first sip. I want to say pea-like. But that taste disappears after a few quick swirls to mix the drink. The vanilla and cream flavors are less pronounced in this nondairy version, but the level of coffee also tastes less striking than with the regular Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew. I’m all for hiding the taste of coffee behind cream and sugar, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I like this more than the dairy version. I enjoy both equally. However, since the nondairy vanilla sweet cream is a permanent addition to the menu and, as my primary care physician has pointed out, I need to cut back on my saturated fat, I’ll be ordering this from now on. Actually, I’ve already purchased it three times since it debuted.

So, I now have a new go-to coffee at Starbucks, which is almost exactly like my old go-to at Starbucks. I guess it’s sort of like replacing original Oreo cookies with Oreo Thins as my favorite sandwich cookie.

Purchased Price: $5.45
Size: Grande
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 100 calories, 4 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 25 milligrams of sodium, 14 grams of carbohydrates, 13 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein, and 185 milligrams of caffeine.

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