I admit I’m not a big coffee drinker, and I’ve never been fond of Silk Soymilk. But I have been a fan of Silk Soy Creamer for quite some time, using it in recipes and enjoying it in my herbal coffee drinks. And as everyone knows, I am cuckoo for coconuts and all of the incredible coconut milk products Turtle Mountain has introduced thus far. So when I heard that they were coming out with a new coconut milk creamer, I got as excited as any diehard dairy-free coffee drinker.
Like Silk, So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer is available in three varieties: Original, Hazelnut, and French Vanilla. I decided to taste test each of them straight from the carton to get an idea of how they compared to the flavor of Silk. Quite honestly, I was surprised to discover that all three of the coconut milk creamers tasted even better. I didn’t think there was much room for improvement here, but leave it to the clever folks at Turtle Mountain to take these creamers to a whole new level of delicious. I even had to stop myself from drinking a full glass of the French Vanilla straight from the carton.
Now, for the real taste test: How would these coconut milk creamers taste with my Vanilla Nut Teeccino? I brewed three cups, and tried each of the flavors.
The Original was wonderful, giving the beverage a rich, creamy boost, without adding even a hint of sweetness. It’s perfect for people who prefer their cup of coffee without any sugar. The Hazelnut flavor gave my herbal brew a fragrantly nutty richness, and the French Vanilla coconut milk creamer propelled my herbal coffee beverage into another galaxy.
The next test: How will these creamers work in a recipe? I decided to try the Original flavor in a recipe for Kheer, an Indian rice pudding. The result was superb. It certainly would have made a sensational ending to my Basu’s Homestyle Indian Cuisine dinner, but I hardly had any room left for dessert that night, anyway. However, the meal did leave me with a yearning for a nice Indian sweet treat, and this yummy rice pudding is just the ticket!
Creamy Coconut Kheer
This heavenly dessert beckons the palate with aromatic cardamom seeds and rosewater. The coconut milk beverage and creamer add a subtle taste and very nice creaminess to the tender rice and intensely fragrant spices.
½ cup Basmati rice
1¼ cups water
1 cup So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage, Original flavor
½ cup So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer
¾ cup evaporated cane juice crystals
¼ tsp cardamom seeds + 1/8 tsp cardamom powder
1 tsp rosewater
¼ cup finely chopped pistachios
Combine rice and water in a medium, thick-bottomed saucepan. Cook on low heat until the rice is done, about 25 minutes. Add coconut milk, creamer, and evaporated cane crystals. Mix thoroughly and cook on medium-low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add cardamom seeds and powder and continue cooking, until the mixture becomes thickened, about 10 more minutes. Remove from heat and add in rosewater. Serve warm or chilled in dessert glasses and garnish with chopped pistachios. Makes 4-6 servings.
My conclusion: Get your hands on some So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer as soon as you see it on the shelf at your local natural foods store. Take it home, and wallow in all of its creamy deliciousness.
Update: This just got really interesting! Turtle Mountain has generously offered to give me five VIP coupons good for any of their Purely Decadent or So Delicious products, including the new creamer, and I'd like to give them to one of my readers. If you'd like to win them, simply leave a comment before Tuesday, September 8th telling me why you'd like to try the new creamers and how you'd like to use them. I'll need to know how I can reach you if you win, either by email or twitter so please include your email address or twitter handle. Anyone who retweets my tweet about this contest, will receive an extra entry. One winner will receive all 5 VIPs! Good luck!