“ Alpro / Alpro Soya Chocolate milk „
I am a vegetarian and I also try to avoid as much dairy as possible because of the associated environmental impacts; cows take up a lot of space and require food to be produced for them as well as the methane they emit. I have also seen some unpleasant things about the way the cows are treated in dairy farms and I just don't enjoy that thought when I'm pouring milk over my cereal. The health benefits of soy have been debated - some people think it's a miracle and others think there are actually negative effects (many people also have a soy allergy), but I don't personally know much about this and haven't heard anything conclusive! I have heard a little about antibiotics and hormones that find their way into the cow's milk we drink and I don't really like the idea of drinking that, so for me this is another pro point for soy.
Either way, cow's milk just generally has negative associations in my mind (whether or not they are accurate is a separate issue) and I don't enjoy drinking it anymore. I really struggle to drink it at all or use it on cereal or in cooking so I use soy milk as much as possible. I buy alpro light soya milk for use in my cereal and hot drinks and I actually really enjoy the taste - it's sweeter than regular milk and I actually enjoy that (although I'm sure some people won't). I am a big fan of chocolate milk and so when I saw this Alpro Chocolate Milk I had to buy it! It's in the chilled aisle and comes in a tetra pack. I haven't yet seen it in a 'light' version which is a shame, but it's not too bad anyway so I don't feel naughty drinking it.
I used to drink a lot of Frijj milkshakes and this chocolate milk isn't as thick as those milkshakes, but I find it thicker than normal chocolate milk. It's quite creamy and it doesn't have that 'grainy/powdery' texture that you sometimes find with regular chocolate milk (does anyone else find that or is it just me??).
I absolutely love the taste of this and I pour myself a glass and down it almost in one because I just can't stop! I finish the carton in less than 24 hours so it has to be a rare treat to avoid costing me a fortune. The soy adds a slightly different flavour to cow's milk - almost malty like Horlicks or something, but the chocolate is very much there and the dominant flavour! I haven't tried heating this up and having it as hot chocolate, but as it gets colder I think I'm going to try that. I also sometimes pour this over my cereal if I'm having something like Rice Krispies or Cocoa Pops as it tastes great - might be a nice treat if you have little ones who can't tolerate normal milk
If you fancy a change or you (or your child) has an intolerance to cow's milk then I'd give this a go - it's delicious and I'm happy with the environmental benefits associated with soy over cow's milk. I give it 5/5 - can't get enough of it!
As I dont drink milk, I try to find other ways to get my calcium intake in the day, as well as finding tasty chocolate alternatives.
This soya drink also contains vitamins B2, B12 and vitamin D. It is the normal alpro soya with fat reduced cocoa.
I love it because its suitable for vegetarians and vegans, its nut, dairy and lactose free. Its also got no wheat or gluten so pretty much anyone can eat it.
You can buy it in a 1 litre carton to go in the fridge, this goes really well with plain cereal to make it chocolate flavored cereal. The only problem with that is you cant take it with you to drink. They also sell a pack of 3 250ml cartons. These come with a straw and are perfect for packed lunch boxes.
Soya is a very filling product and after drinking one of these cartons I find that I dont really want to eat much, so if you are trying to loose weight but not loose too many vitamins then you could use this to cut your appetite down a bit.
I would recommend these drinks to anyone who wants a sweet tooth fix but without the huge amount of sugar involved. Also to people who dont drink milk and who need the extra calcium in their diet. I also drink the normal alpro soya in my tea and its just as tasty. Sometimes the 1l bottle is on offer for £1 but usually its £1.20. The pack of 3 is £1 in Tescos.
One of my weaknesses is chocolate, especially chocolatey drinks like milkshake and hot chocolate.
I decided to try this drink because it is marketed as a healthier version of a milkshake, and I knew I'd feel too guilty if I had a proper milkshake because I'm trying to lose a bit of weight before the summer.
It contains none of the stuff normal milkshake contains like dairy, lactose, gluten or wheat so it is easier on the digestive system. It also contains calcium, which of course helps keep bones strong as well as vitamins D, B12 and B2.
Obviously a drink that has a lot of sugar (there is over 9 grams of it per 100ml) in it will never be good for you, but the addition of vitamins definitely helps me feel less bad about indulging a little.
The drink is a milky chocolate brown colour and it looks like any other milkshake other than the texture as it very runny and it has the consistency of water pretty much which was a bit of a shock to my system because I'm used to the really thick frijj milkshakes! Because of this I didn't feel that 'satisfied' while drinking it.
It doesn't have the usual strong, creamy, indulgently rich chocolate sort of taste, but it still tastes like chocolate and it is sweet, but definitely not as sweet as the milkshake that I am used to. It has a bit of an after taste which I can't describe.
It is a pleasant taste though. It is nice on its own but I decided to thicken it up by blending up some bananas with it to make it that bit more healthier and a little more sweet and tasty because although it tastes nice I found it a bit bland. I think my taste buds are used to high sugar and high fat food though which is probably why!
The 1 litre carton of this drink was £1.39 which isn't too expensive and me and my fiancé shared the carton between us over the period of about a week as we only had a small glass when we felt like it. I couldn't drink a lot of this at once because I'm not too keen on it but its nice when I fancy a milkshake and it takes the craving for a higher sugar and higher fat milkshake away.
All in all, I'd recommend this drink.
I can easily drink a 1litre carton all at once and as im not a hugh eater and skip breakfast i often find myself popping into morrisons around 11.30am to buy a carton and drinking the lot. its really refreshing and very filling so often keeps me going untill later afternoon when i would get a snack. I decided to do a bit of research on soya and after reading both the positive and negative i was put of by the negative and have now stopped drinking soya milk. I would like to know what others thought about soya.
Being as I have a mild allergy to milk, I can't have much dairy before I start suffering from migraines. That is a bit of a shame as I do quite like milk. Then again, I do still drink it every now and again. Since I was young, I've had Alpro soya milk every so often so I still drank milk once in a while. Only recently, I developed a desire for chocolate milkshakes, but of course, I could only drink small quantities to prevent me from getting migraines. A few weeks ago, whilst I was shopping, I came across this Alpro soya chocolate milk. So I decided to give it ago and see what i was like. I don't know why I didn't come across this before as I do buy Alpro products quite often.
When I got home, I placed the milk in the fridge to let it cool down, as I thought that it would taste nicer and more refreshing if it was chilled. After a couple of hours, I took it out of the fridge and it was nice and cold. It says to shake before use, so I did so and poured myself a glass. I wasn't expecting it to taste anywhere near as good as normal chocolate milk, but I had my first sip. It was amazing. It tasted very chocolaty and rich, and in my opinion, nicer than other chocolate milk. I think the taste doesn't suit everyone, as you can still taste that it is soya milk. But I love soya milk anyway, which makes this drink even more delicious.
~Price & Availability~
As far as I am aware, this product is widely available in most, if not all supermarkets. At Tesco, it is currently selling for £1.39. It isn't what you would call a bargain, because that makes this more expensive than diesel. (If you haven't already gathered, I am trying to imply that they come in a one litre carton.) I would still happily buy this product though, but the only downside is that I seem to finish a carton easily within two days, but having looked at the nutritional information, I think I should limit how much of this I drink, but I'll get onto that later.
The carton is rectangular in shape, with a sloped top with an easy pour spout thingy (to use its technical name.) It has the Alpro logo at the top, as well as having the nutritional information and other legal requirement on it. The top of it is pale blue, whilst the rest is dark brown, and looks like chocolate milk being poured, obviously representing the chocolate milk inside.
Here is all the nutritional values of 100ml of this drink:
9.1g of which sugars
Clearly, this drink isn't good for you. It has quite a high sugar content per glass which is bad for your teeth, let alone a relatively hefty amount of calories. On the other hand, at least it contains calcium, which is necessary to be healthy. It is especially good if you have fussy children who don't like drinking plain milk.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this, but only if you like soya milk, otherwise you may not appreciate the taste.
I've been drinking different brands of soya milk for a long time. I'm a vegetarian and I have always preferred to drink soya whenever I can rather than milk derived from animals. I also have a very sweet tooth and this is how I discovered Alpro Soya chocolate flavour shakes. I'm basing my review on the small packed lunch sized cartons of the drink although you can get this in larger cartons too.
I have noticed that in most major supermarkets if you want a soya chocolate drink you have the choice between this brand and So Good soya drinks. If you are in any doubt about which is the nicer drink then doubt no more - Alpro wins hands down! You get three little cartons in a pack and they are 250ml sized. They are the perfect size for kids or for packed lunches. I also like to buy them as a way of controlling my intake - otherwise I'd probably guzzle a huge carton of the drink!
The cartons have a lot of crucial nutritional information written on them and it's very easy to be able to read how this product is so beneficial and more healthy than you might imagine. As an alternative to milk this drink is packed with calcium and vitamins including B12 and B2. It is a great source of bone building calcium, is low in saturated fat and is free from sweeteners, added colours and preservatives. It is also lactose free and easy to digest for those who might have food intolerances.
The drinks are suitable for vegeatrians and vegans but you shouldn't feel that you have to be on a special diet to enjoy these. As well as simply tasting great there are also some great ethical reasons why you might opt to buy these rather than a dairy milk. They are made with non genetically modified soya beans and the farming methods involved use "5 times less land and 10 times less water" and a significantly reduced amount of CO2 gases than similar products using animal based proteins.
The drinks can usually be found on the non chilled shelves in the supermarket alongside other long life U.H.T soya or oat milk drinks. After you buy them you need to chill them though as they don't taste as nice from room temperature. They come with little straws attached to the side of the carton. The straws have a flexible bend near the top which makes it easy to aim the straw into your mouth! They also reach all the way to the bottom of the carton so that no drink is wasted.
You need to remember to shake these drinks quite vigorously before drinking as soya drinks often have a slightly powdery residue which can build up at the bottom of the carton.
The drinks have a smooth velvety texture which is out of this world. It's thicker and softer in consistency than cow's milk but it's not frothy or too sickly like a lot of sugary milkshakes can be. It tastes of a rich high quality chocolate. I know lots of people who have tried soya milk and not liked the earthy taste. You can't taste the typical soya milk flavour in these drinks - it's hidden in the chocolate sweetness.
The ingredients which go into making these divine drinks include sugar, hulled soya beans, cocoa, sea salt and dextrose. They also have added natural flavourings. Nutritionally the drinks are 70 calories per 100mls of product and 1.8g per 100mls. So each carton contains 175 calories and 4.5g of fat. That does seem like a high amount of fat for this little carton but they are a superb treat.
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I love alpro soya chocolate milk, it tastes so good!
some poeple dont like the taste of soya milk when they first try it, but i'm now hooked on it! I buy this chocolate milk in 1L cartons and also the 250ml little cartons that come in packs of 3!
other flavours in include banana and strawberry. The banana one i find is very sweet, but the strawberry one tastes just like strawberry milkshake!
they used to be quite difficult to find or only available in health food shops such as holland and barrett, but now they are regularly available at the big supermarkets for about £1.50 for a 1L bottle or about £1 or less for 3x 250ml.
the only downside is that it contains a lot of sugar, with a 250ml carton containing about 24g of sugar you wont want to be having them very often, but they taste so good!
I discovered this beauty after seeing it reduced from £1.58 to a measely 75p for 1 litre so grabbed a carton to try.
It's attractively packaged in a slim 1 litre carton, with the front of the carton showing a picture the milk chocolate coloured milk and a blue background. At the bottom we're told that the milk contains Calcium, B2, B12 and Vitamin D, aswell as there been a small green circle stating that the milk is '100% plant goodness.' In the bottom right corner the calorie count is displayed.
The back of the carton gives a soya product description, explaining that they're more enviromentally friendly than a majority of other milk types and includes a lift of some positive facts about soya milk, which are as follows:
- Source of protein
- Naturally low in saturated fat
- Naturally low in cholestoral
- Lactose Free
- With calcium and vitamins
- Easy to digest
- Free from artificial sweeteners, colours & preservatives
The left hand side of the carton includes nutritional inforamation;
and so on. To be fair it seems pretty healthy but the sugar seems high, at 10% of the RMDA!
It also clearly states the milk is suitable for vegeterians, and is dairy and wheat free.
The right hand side shows a picture of the light brown milk in a large glass with 2 cookies by its side, above this is a website address if interested in recipes relating to the chocolate milk.
Opening the carton is simple; unscrew the lid and pull off the plastic seal.
Quite an odd smell; it certiannly smells more like cheese than chocolate, however this didn't put me off as it's not overpowering or discusting, just unusual.
It does taste slightly chocolatey! Considering the amount of sugar it contains, it's not a sweet tasting milk and is certiannly more bitter tasting. There's a slight creamy taste to it and i find it usually satisfies a chocolate craving, but if you eat a chocolate bar and drink this afterwards, it actually tastes nothing like actual chocolate. It's a very thin consitency with tiny 'bits' in it.
I'm not a huge fan but it's a nice treat.
Alpro Soya Chocolate Milk
I tend to drink and eat quite a lot of alternative milk and dessert products that are free from dairy, as I am lactose intolerant. There are some really good products out there and then as with most things there are some that are better off avoided. This however, falls happily into the first category and is by far one of my favourite soya products.
Usually when I am feeling a bit down or a bit sorry for myself that I can't have the same dessert or ice-cream that everyone else has and I want something sweet, there are certain things that I love and this chocolate soya milk is high up on that list. Most of the time I don't mind being lactose intolerant, I am used to it , but occasional it can be a bit annoying, especially when it comes to satisfying my sweet tooth.
This is soya chocolate milk is easily found beside the milk and other soya milk products in the chilled section of the majority of supermarkets. It usually has quite a good expiry date so will normally last quite a while unopened when you bring it home, when you do open it you should drink it within a couple of days, but at least in our household that is never a problem. I don't buy this all the time, I buy it as a nice treat to have every so often and usually it costs around £1.60 for a litre carton of this. The packaging is nice, simple and contains all the information you would need to know about the product.
Even if you aren't lactose intolerant I would suggest trying this, I think it is absolutely yummy, it is thick, rich and very satisfying. This is slightly higher on the calorie count than some of the other Alpro soya products, a 200 ml glass of this will easily be 150 calories and I can quite happily drink double that in one sitting. It is also full of sugar so I only have this infrequently, but it does always satisfy my sweet tooth.
I would gladly give this more than five out of five stars, it really is one of my favourite treats. If you haven't tried this but like chocolate milk then you should give this a try as it is a lovely chocolate tasting and looking soya milk.