Blue Diamond Unsweetened Coconut Almond Breeze® Original -- 32 fl oz
Delicious and does not need to be refrigerated
August 18, 2014
Nothing like the refrigerated version
I found Blue Diamond Unsweetened Coconut Almond Breeze Original at a local health food store (Whole Foods). It wasn't the shelf stable boxed version (as sold here), it was the refrigerated and perishable version. I absolutely loved it. The coconut flavor was creamy and mild. Not overpowering, but very flavorful - a nice addition to almond milk.
I liked it so much that I purchased a case of the shelf stable version from Vitacost so I could keep it on hand at all times.
Sadly, the boxed version has absolutely NO coconut flavor. None. I've had seven people try it so far and all of them say "there's no coconut in here, it's just almond milk". Not one of them could taste any coconut. It's not a fluke that I had a single carton without coconut because I bought a case of it and have used 5 cartons so far and NONE of them have any coconut taste.
To make sure I was comparing products properly - I went and purchased another refrigerated carton. The ingredients of the refrigerated version and the boxed shelf stable version are IDENTICAL; absolutely no difference at all. I tried a 'blind' taste test on several people; poured some of the refrigerated product and some of the carton version in identical looking cups and asked them to tell me if they noticed a difference between the products. Everyone had the same reaction - one was almond milk and one was a 'coconut drink' (didn't know what to call it). When I told them that they were the same product, just from different packaging I was told "no way - not possible".
Someone suggested that perhaps the coconut milk seperates in the shelf stable box - but I shook the heck out of it before drinking and still not even a hint of coconut. Another suggestion was that perhaps the refrigerator 'intensifies' the coconut taste so I left a carton in the refrigerator for 3 days before trying it and as expected, still no coconut flavor.
I do like plain almond milk so i'll use it, but if I wanted just plain almond milk I would have purchased it that way. I bought this specifically for the nice coconut flavor and there is none.
It's quite a dissapointment and I wont be buying it again. This is not in any way a negative review of Vitacost.com - I love vitacost. They have no control of manufacturing flaws and this is clearly a manufacturing issue. I'll be calling Blue Diamond to discuss this matter.
August 7, 2014
Can well digest with the 2 milks made together as one .
August 1, 2014
I drink it alone, in my protein powder shake and in my coffee.
I love everything Almond breeze <3
July 10, 2014
Perfect Dairy Substitute
I really enjoy this brand of Almond and Coconut Milk combination. I'm on my second order already, and I buy this all the time when it goes on sale at my local market. I use this for baking needs when the recipe calls for milk, and also use this daily in my morning smoothie. Tastes great, highly nutritious and no sugar added is a bonus. The fruit in the smoothie sweetens everything up so no need to have extra sugar in your diet.
June 1, 2014