Friday, September 04, 2009

The New So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer:
So How Does it Taste?

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.

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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!

80 comments:

Merrill said...

I really look forward to trying the creamer. Anything made with coconut milk is ok in my book.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait try these!!!

Pennie said...

I love the yogurt, hope my store gets the creamers soon-just checked again this morning.

Vegiegail said...

Hi Pennie! I learned that the creamers should start hitting store shelves in the next couple of weeks.

avegangirl said...

I'm going to bake cupcakes with them!
@vegangal

Eric said...

thanks for this! why do i want to try it? anyone who wouldn't want to try is crazy cuz everything they make is incredible:) i'm boring...i'd use it in my iced lattes and would probably drink more of them cuz i'd have something healthier and yummier to put in it.

Rach said...

ooohhhhh....I missed these new coconut milk products. I must try the Original! I've just been using their coconut milk in my coffee.

Anonymous said...

I love the new coconut milk kefir and would love to try all flavors!
@racheleona

CinnamonQuill (wayofbaking@gmail.com) said...

Wow; I haven't seen the creamer yet! I'm eager to try...

Brea said...

OH, MY...This recipe looks absolutely DELICIOUS!! I am absolutely addicted to So Delicious Coconut Milk, I need to start bugging the grocer for some creamer! I don't drink coffee, but quite a few nummy looking recipes call for creamer, and if it's half as good as the milk, I will be in HEAVEN!!

Mere said...

I am anxious to try this in my vegan cake frosting!

Ginger Carter Miller, Ph.D. said...

I have tried the yogurt once but haven't tried the other products -- and I would love to. I'd love to have coupons to try them!

Sophia said...

I really like their coconut ice cream. The Silk products are too sweet for my palate, so I'd like to try the coconut creamer to see if it is better.

Vegiegail said...

Definitely go for the Original flavor, Sophia. It does contain a wee bit of sugar, but I truly didn't taste even a hint of sweetness.

Alana, Author of Domestically Challenged said...

I would love to try this!!

Emily said...

Hmm, I'd love to check out the creamers, haven't seen these in the store yet! It would be great to keep at work. eyspahn at gmail dot com

Kristen said...

I want to try this! =]

CinnamonQuill said...

I just tweeeeeted about this (gfeveryday)...but really? Contest or not, I can't keep my trap shut about the So Delicious coconut milk products I've tried...They really are THAT good. Still, pick me! Please! I'd definitely like to try baking with the creamer.

shakay said...

Love Turtle Mtns Coconut Milk frozen desert and would love to try some of the other products!

Mara @ What's For Dinner? said...

I love ALL the So Delicious products!!!

jenni said...

Mmmmm I would love to try the creamer in my coffee--- and your recipe too!
Now I'm off tr rweet this contest!

Littletomato

please tweet me when I win ;) ( thinking positively ... Hoping!)

Anonymous said...

I look forward to trying the new coconut creamers Yum! Love your coconut milk and yogurt. I ll request the creamer for sure at our local stores. Thanks for the yummy treats :)

WholeFoodVegan said...

I Love So Delicious Coconut Vanilla Yogurt, it is my crack, but then I tried the Ice Cream treats....WOW, I love you So Delicious, you are truly SO delicious!!!!

S. Shoemaker said...

Maybe I'm a little boring, but I'd love to have creamer in my coffee. I always end up drinking it black at the office because no one else will drink a dairy alternative - perhaps I can convince them to branch out!

Michelle said...

I love all the So Delicious coconut milk products - yogurt, ice cream, milk beverages and kefir. I wasn't too excited when I heard they were releasing coffee creamer because I don't drink coffee and I just use coconut milk beverage in my hot tea, but I never thought about cooking with it. As soon as we can get it locally, I'll give that a try!

Meryl Ann said...

YUM YUM YUM, I can't wait to try this Kheer! I feel those winning tickets in my had as I trot down to my local health food store to get some, YUM!

Lyz said...

Coconut Milk is absolutely delicious and makes me feel super energized with how many vitamins are in it! I LOVE the coconut milk ice creams, soooo good! This should be just as amazing!

fran Costigan said...

I've been using the (fresh) refrigerated so delic coconut milk in my cakes since I found them at my fav market, fairway. Alas, they are gone. But I did finally try the plain yogurt. It tasted like dessert when I loaded it up with blueberries & raspberries. this could be addictive. I am going to try using this coconut yogurt in baking. Gail you make me hungry!!

Ryan said...

I'd like to try out some of Wheeler's ice cream recipes (which generally use soy creamer and soy milk) with coconut creamer and coconut milk...

(thevegblog on twitter)

Kristen said...

Recently I decided I would start cooking instead of buying frozen ready-made foods, etc. I have had more successes than failures, but I still have a long way to go. ;-) I would love to mix these in recipes or just put some in coffee for those late nights when I'm making a creative mess in the kitchen. :-P

VegLisa said...

i cannot wait to find this stuff!!! not only would i use it for coffee and tea -- but also cakes....oh what about frosting? oh...i bet it might add some great flavor to some thai or indian dishes!!! YUMMMMM!!!

dd03 said...

I have yet to try So Delicious products. I've learned to forego creamers in my coffee, making do with just a sweetener or sugar.

I really miss the creams and milk. The only Silk product I really like for my coffee is a spice flavor I found at Christmas a while back. So it'd be nice to have something to flavor & cream my coffee!

my twitter handle is dd03.

VeganLisa said...

I'd love to use it to make some of the recipes in the Vegan Scoop

Ice Cream Forum said...

hehe, I just might try making ice cream with it ;)
@Ice_Cream_Forum

Ellen said...

ooh cool! i coconut milk and hemp milk, so this is really exciting! i'd love to try it in my coffee, in ice cream recipes, or for cooking.

Ellen said...

i tweeted about this as well: http://twitter.com/ellen1214/status/3773370075

email ellenp1214 at gmail dot com

Teresa said...

I'd love to try this creamer because I'm vegan and I don't drink/eat soy. I just love coconut and all the other products So Delicious has created. I'd love to try the creamer in my Teeccino as well, my favorite hot beverage! I like the almond amaretto flavor best!

Thanks for the awesome review.

tmmayer4@gmail.com
I'm tweeting this as well.

Serge said...

I'm trying to go vegan so this would really help me start that

Marissa said...

I have been dying to try this creamer ever since I heard about it this morning ;-)

I want to try it in my coffee!

KSDunn said...

well, not only can I not wait to try it in coffee, tecchio and chocolate, but I make this killer quinoa pudding with dried mango and golden raisins...yum!

Teresa said...

I tweeted this also!

http://twitter.com/Tea_Marie

Janessa said...

Love the soy creamer in my coffee and tea, but I don't love soy. Can't wait to try out this new coconut creamer!

Emily said...

Can't wait to try the creamer!!! I've been waiting for a product like this for years!!! Thank you!!!

hungryhungryveganos said...

Most of the time I just drink my coffee without any creamer and sometimes use soymilk. So I look forward to having actual creamer and one with flavor to boot (especially the french vanilla!)

VeganMarr said...

Anxious to try the Hazlenut & French Vanilla...this will be a nice alternative to soy milk or soy creamer.

Steve said...

The thought of this tingles my taste buds: I am not vegan but a "coconut creamer pie" sounds like something fun and quite tasty to make.

Kim said...

I would love to try this creamer! I currently use Vanilla Almond Breeze, so this would be a nice change. :)

Tracy said...

ooo, I would love to try this as in my coffee, I am trying to cut out soy and I love their other coconut products!

Tracy said...

I tweeted here:
http://twitter.com/CrazyVeganMom/status/3788863009

kelly g. said...

Nice! I'd like to try these in an ice cream recipe - most call for nondairy creamer of some sort.

I'm easyvegan on twitter, and will RT this too :)

Irene said...

OMGosh, coconut milk creamer? I've got to try this! When's it coming out in stores?

Julia said...

wow I'm so glad I found this blog! I can't wait to try the creamer...I hope it arrives in my area soon :)

Shelley said...

I don't drink coffee but I would love to try this in my chai tea to turn it into a cool Chai Tea Latte. Yum!

Gothcupcake said...

I love the So Delicious products, and I have a great recipe for vegan hot chocolate where you add a little non-dairy creamer for an extra punch of flavor! I would love to try it in hot chocolate, tea, and ice soy lattes! mmmm

My twitter handle is gothcupcake, my e-mail: gothcupake@gmail.com

Vegiegail said...

Irene, the creamer should start showing up in stores in the next few weeks. Gothcupcakes, I'd LOVE to have that hot chocolate recipe! I'll bet it would be incredible with these coconut milk creamers!

roxanne said...

I've been calling around the Twin Cities for this and so far no one has it. Whole foods said they are interested in it now that they know about it from me, other products sell well.
I can't wait to try this as I love the yogurt and use the vanilla milk for baking.

Claire said...

Oh, that rice pudding recipe sounds amazing!

So Delicious is doing such wonderful things with coconut milk :)

Courtney said...

That rice pudding looks amazing! I would love to try the creamers because So Delicious ice cream is incredible!

Momsy said...

Wow can't wait to try the coffee creamer, I have tried the milk, yogurt and ice cream and all have surpassed our expectations all were excellent. Hope they come to Canada soon.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to try them for my coffee and my wife's tea in the mornings. We love the yogurt and ice cream with coconut milk!
On twitter: J_Makua_Kane

Scuba Diva said...

I'll probably try this, but I have to admit I go through so much of the So Delicious coconut milk beverage and use that pretty exclusively in my [decaf] coffee, I don't think I'll be getting it as a regular thing. (famous last words)

GlutenFree Revolution said...

Can't wait to try it!

descripting said...

The real question is how does it taste when mixed into a white russian?

Anonymous said...

I want enter this contest to try the creamers to make whipped cream for an ice cream party, using all Turtle Mountain products. Also, i think this would be divine as a milk substitute in cupcakes/cakes... they would be so much more creamy! my email is kirkseymarin@yahoo.com and I will re-tweet this. thanks for the review + ideas

Linda Roderigues said...

I am planning to try the coconut creamer in my ganache recipe to frost my vegan cupcakes.

ferocynide said...

They make creamer now? Life as a Vegan just got better.

lonergan09 said...

Coconut creamer for my coffee, ... now your talking!!!

Serge said...

I'm currently trying to make the switch from vegetarian to vegan, so this would REALLY help put me on the right path.

(thought I commented but I didn't see mine anywhere)

Pam said...

Just tried the So Delicious Coconut Milk - Coconut Almond bars! In credibly delicious is an understatement!!!!

Carl said...

If I could marry Turtle Mountain, I would. Truly amazing products and company.

Irene said...

I just had to tell you that I just tried the French vanilla creamer with chai today, and it's fantastic! Plus, I only had to use a very little for it to make my chai nice and creamy. Thanks for making me aware of such a wonderful alternative to dairy and soy creamers!

Tanya said...

There's another non-dairy creamer on the market???? Where? Where? I've always used Silk original creamer and it's hard to find. I'm so looking for this next time! Thanks for the post!

Anonymous said...

i was so excited about his then disappointed to find that it contained titanium dioxide...i know the jury is still out on that, but why use it in a vegan product? bummer.

Anonymous said...

Because of the estrogen effects on the body I was advised by my physician to avoid soy products. I was very disappointed because it seemed that sooooo many vegan/vegetarian recipes and products use large amounts of soy products. I am also lactose intolerant. I thought I would have to give up yogurt,creamers and ice cream type of desserts. These products have been the answer. They taste great!

Vegiegail said...

Here is Turtle Mountain's response concerning titanium dioxide:

Titanium Dioxide is a naturally occurring mineral in the Earth’s crust. It’s crystalline geometry enables it to reflect light many times over making it the whitest substance known. This makes it ideal for imparting whiteness to products.

Titanium Dioxide is an insoluble and inert mineral. Both the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), a committee comprised from members of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have concluded that there is no absorption or tissue storage of titanium dioxide and it is not absorbed via the gastrointestinal tract, thus these two bodies as well as Europe’s Scientific Committee on Food (SCF) each have concluded that there are no safety concerns associated with the use of titanium dioxide as a food additive at levels ranging up to 3%. Turtle Mountain products stay within US regulations that limit its use to no more than 1%.

Wendy said...

I am new to the world's of Soy Creamer & Coconut Milk Creamer. I have now traded in my Half & Half Dairy Creamer for this wonderful Coconut Creamer. I was skeptical that it would taste like Coconut, which I love, but not in flavored coffee. And, I am now in love. I tried the Original in my fav cup of FLCR Jamiacan Me Crazy & I LOVED IT! Yesterday I picked up 4 on sale @ Whole Foods. 2 original, and 1 French Vanilla & 1 Hazelnut!
I am "flirting" with new things, and replacing old bad habits. (White Sugar for Agave)-I have been on a health kick, over the last few years, incorportaing new ideas with others. Thanks to "Skinny Bitch", "Fat Smash" and my new fav "The Kind Diet" I am not only allowing my body to become more healthy, but I am reading alot about HOW these Other Bad things are made, and why they may make me feel bad. Not only that, but I want to be Kind to the planet, the animals and myself. Thanks to Alica's book, and these products I am on a new FUN adventure.
Back to the Coconut Creamers:
I just wish they came in a size Larger than the current Pint. But, I love it! I am a New convert!!!

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sarah said...

What a great substitute for a creamer, baking, and cooking etc... A wonderful addition to a healthier lifestyle!

Anonymous said...

just found this blog, fun fun fun!! Found the creamers last week... got into coconut last year when I was looking for healthy alternatives to dairy.. Im not a coffee drinker at all.. I bought them to play around with instead of cream.. Im working with a trainer and was told to stop eating ice cream 160 calories for 1/3cup of ice cream is crazy... so I decided to make popsicles, but I missed the creaminess of ice cream SOOO I mixed fruit and the dreaminess of Coconut Creamer!!! OMG!!! better then anything on the market! and easy! take your fave fruit 1 Cup and 4 oz of Coconut milk 4 oz Coconut cream and bam amzing cream pops!! and less then 50 calories each!!! Im in heaven!!! Hope some one tries and enjoys this fun lil concoction!!

Terri said...

Totally different perspective here! My husband is addicted to the gross liquid hazelnut sugar free hazelnut creamer. I decided, on a whim, to sneak this into his coffee. I bought it today, subbed it for his regular creamer tonight, and he did not notice! Major victory, as the fake sugar and hydrogenated oils are gross and unhealthy. Not one to deceive the hubs normally, I will tell him tomorrow :)