Aspro Hazel Milk has a pleasant taste and nice consistency however when using it in tea found I had to use twice as much as 'normal ' milk. This would not be a problem if the product was sugar free but in this case the sugar content resulted in weight creeping on me.AdvantagesNice tasteNice consistencyPossibly good for use in porridge and cerealsDisadvantagesSugar second ingredient after water!Not so useable in tea and coffee
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Alpro is a company with a vision; a vision of a world where more of what we eat comes directly from plants - planet friendly, sustainable and healthy. Our voyage of discovery started over 30 years ago with naturally nutritious soya, turning it into plant-based alternatives to milk, yogurt and cream, meat and margarine, so that anyone and everyone could enjoy delicious plant powered foods. Now almond and hazelnut drinks have just been added to their ever-growing list. Alpro Hazelnut drink is made from only the best, whole hazelnuts, responsibly grown and harvested. A delicious source of calcium and vitamins B2, B12, D and E, what it lacks is also worthy of note - no lactose or animal fat, and no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives. Alpro Hazelnut drink not only quenches your thirst, it satisfies your desire for the delicious. Alpro Hazelnut drink fills the gaps in your day in a healthier way, in a coffee shake in the morning, as teatime top up or as a little indulgence in the evening. Alpro Hazelnut drink is the perfect tasty treat between meals. This particular product claims to have a rich flavour and a light, creamy texture.
I have heard of Alpro before, how-ever I had never even though about trying their products until a friend mentioned the Almond milk that they do and she said that it's a great alternative to milk as it tastes great and doesn't contain as much fat. I thought I would give it a try to see what it's like as it sounded quite nice and I have recently heard a lot of things about Almond Milk. Although she actually mentioned the almond milk the hazelnut milk appealed to me more when I saw it in my local Sainsbury's store. The product comes in a carton like a milk drink or some certain brands of milk may come in, how-ever you can see this is the Alpro range from the logo and green and blue colour used on the packaging. The fresh version of this product will be in the refrigerator; how-ever you can get this product in longer life UHT version which will be down the aisle with the other UHT milk. On this occasion I am reviewing the fresh, chilled version. On the front of the carton it clearly states what the product is and it also has a picture of hazelnuts on the front. On the sides of the carton it gives you some information about plenty goodness and the soya brand. You can also find nutritional information and a list of ingredients on the back of the cartons. There is a plastic screw lid on the top of the carton which screws off to reveal the hole in which you pour the product out of.
(Please note the first paragraph of information has been taken from the Alpro website).
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I purchased this from Sainsburys for £1.69 which is for a 1L carton of the product. This product is the same price as Tesco, Asda, Waitrose and Ocado. Alpro Soya also does Almond, Rice and Soya Original drinks as well.
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The following information is for 200ml serving of the Hazelnut drink:
* KCal 58 - 3% RDA)
* Sugar - 6.0 (7% RDA)
* Fat - 3.2 (5% RDA)
* Saturated Fat - 0.4 (2% RDA)
* Salt - 0.26 (4% RDA)
This product contains Hazelnuts and may contain other traces of nuts.
This product is dairy, lactose and gluten free.
Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
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I unscrewed the lid which breaks the seal and got ready to pour some of the drink into a glass. The drink pours easily due to the round hole in the top in which the plastic cap covers to keep the drink fresh. When pouring the product into a glass it looks very smooth. It's a light brown colour and looks a bit like chocolate milk. If you smell the milk you can smell a nice, sweet nutty smell and you can tell its Hazelnut. I took the first mouthful of the drink which felt cool as it had been in the fridge. It was extremely smooth and it was creamy to start off with then I could really taste the nutty hazelnut taste which was very nice. I had half a glass of this so I continued to drink the rest. The more I drank the more I could taste the hazelnuts. The drink does taste quite sweet but not as sweet as chocolate milk. There wasn't really an after taste in my mouth after finishing off the rest of the drink. I found the drink very satisfying and it also made me feel a little full as well. I don't have the drink at any particular time of the day, only when I feel like a glass or half a glass. I often have half a glass in the evening or I may have a glass between meals as it keeps me feeling full which means that I don't snack between meals. I personally wouldn't have any more than one glass of this a day as I think it could make you feel a little bloated if you did drink too much. You could use this on cereal as an alternative to milk, how-ever I haven't actually tried this yet so I can't comment on how this tastes with cereal, although I imagine it wouldn't be much different from milk apart from giving your a cereal a slight hazelnut taste to it. They even suggest using this in coffee, how-ever I don't drink coffee so am unsure what this would taste like, how-ever I think it would probably taste rather nice. Some people have also used this product as an ingredient when baking cakes and making other meals and food.
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I have to admit that I wasn't really sure what to expect from this product, and I wasn't expecting the drink to taste very tasty or have much flavour to it. I did only purchase this product because my friend recommended it and said how good it is. Although I'm not lactose intolerant I thought it would make a nice change from milk. Although I did purchase this as a replacement for milk, I haven't actually used it on my cereal yet and instead use it just for drinking out of a glass. I like that the product looks a little like chocolate milk and I love the sweet, nutty scent that it has to it. The drink is very smooth and tastes very creamy and I love that it has a nice, light hazelnut flavour that isn't too strong or overpowering. I enjoy having a glass of this every day or every other day. I will definitely try making my porridge with this instead of milk as it would probably give the porridge a slightly nutty flavour which might be nice as porridge can taste very boring sometimes. In terms of value this is more expensive than milk and possibly more expensive than other similar products; how-ever the product is good quality and also tastes great. When comparing this to Asda Semi-Skimmed Milk, the Hazelnut milk does have more sugars and fat in it which may put some people off. I thought this product tasted nice and I would definitely purchase it again. If you fancy a change from milk or just want something nice to drink then I would recommend this. As this product tasted so nice I am now tempted to purchase other products in this range.
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When I first discovered I was intolerant to both dairy and soya a few years ago my choices of alternatives to milk were limited to oat milk or rice milk from the supermarket, or, if I was prepared to spend a small fortune (and I wasn't!), almond milk, hemp milk or quinoa milk from health food shops. I was getting along with the rice and oat milks quite nicely, but when Alpro introduced their new Almond milk and Hazelnut drink I was eager to try something new, especially as the prices were more in line with the oat and rice milks already available in the supermarket.
Alpro are a well-established brand in the dairy-free market and they have been producing soya-based alternatives for many years now. I consider them to be a trusted brand in the area.
The packaging is a one litre carton with a screw top lid (so much easier to deal with than the flip top lids on the oat and rice milks I had been using previously). It can be found in both the chiller and also the UHT sections of the supermarket. Beware; it is more expensive when bought chilled. Why pay more when you can chill it yourself?! It can frequently be found on offer for £1 but the usual price is around £1.50.
Alpro's Hazelnut drink is not actually a milk, although it functions as a milk alternative. It is a blend of hazelnuts with spring water and contains 30% of your daily recommendation of calcium and vitamins B2, B12, D and E in each serving. It is naturally low in saturated fat, and at just 58 calories per 200ml it beats oat milk on the low-calorie scale.
The drink itself is a pale brown colour, which sounds rather unappealing but is actually fairly pleasant - think very milky coffee. The taste is, not surprisingly, nutty. It works well in coffee if you like your coffee sweet, and it doesn't curdle as soya milk can. Personally I still prefer my coffee black, but that's just me! What I do find it very, very good for is porridge. It is thicker than cow's milk and therefore adds a lovely creamy texture as well as the nutty undertones to the oats. Alpro also suggest you could make smoothies with it, although I've not tried that myself.
I am such a fan of the unusual nutty taste that I rate it with 5 Dooyoo stars.
Water, Sugar, Hazelnuts (2.5%), Tri-calcium phosphate, Sea salt, Stabilisers (Locust bean gum, Gellan gum), Emulsifier (Sunflower lecithin), Vitamins (Riboflavin (B2), B12, E, D2).
Nutritional info (per 100ml):
Carbohydrates 3.0g (of which sugars 3.0g)
Fat 1.6g (of which saturates 0.2g)
Sodium 0.05g (equivalent as salt 0.13g)
*Review also appears on Ciao*