“ Manufacturer: Asda / Type: Milk „
Mostly I do my shopping in Tesco, but as Hubby likes the Asda brand Cola better, and drinks quite a lot of the stuff, he goes there for that regularly, and when he does, I usually ask him to pick up one or two bits there which I either can't get in Tesco, or where I prefer the Asda brand version. This Asda vanilla flavour milk is one of those things which I really enjoy as a treat, so sometimes when he's headed up there I ask him to bring a bottle back.
The first time I tried this was because it was in the reduced section when we were up there late one evening, and so I thought sod it and threw some in the trolley - well when it's reduced to 20p a bottle you don't really think twice do you!
The packaging is simple - clear plastic bottle, white plastic lid, and paper surround on the bottle in a kind of pale cream colour giving me all the info about the product. At 1 litre, it's a good size to pop in the fridge and contains plenty for several glasses. It costs £1.22 when it's at full price, and I actually don't begrudge paying it as this really is very tasty. If you're lucky when you go in to seek it however, you'll find as I do, that it's often on special offer at 2 for £2 or similar which is nice.
It's made with semi-skimmed milk which I have to say surprised me when I first tried it as it tastes very creamy and thick. Now this isn't billed as 'milkshake', but it is essentially what it is. If it were just plain old milk with vanilla added, then it wouldn't be this thick and creamy, but along with the millk and vanilla this contains sugar, extra milk powder, carrageenan and xanthan gum. My guess would be that the extra creaminess comes from the added milk powder, and the thickness from the carrageenan and xanthan gum.
The vanilla flavour in this drink comes through really well, it's not overpowering or anything, but it is very definitely there unlike with some vanilla milkshakes I've tasted where you only get a hint of the flavour and a lot of sweetness. I would say if you're a fan of thicker milkshakes like those you can buy in McDonalds or Burger King then you'll probably enjoy this. It's not AS thick, but it IS much lower in calories and fat, and it does work out a whole heap cheaper too. (As an example, a McDonalds Thick Vanilla Milkshake contains 126Kcals and 3.2grams of fat per 100g whereas this Asda one contains 65Kcals and 1.7grams of fat for the same amount of milkshake). I know this doesn't make it a diet product, but it does mean that when you treat yourself, you get a shake that's very enjoyable but nothing like as bad for you, and in my book that's never a bad thing.
Overall I'd say if the idea of a thick vanilla shake takes your fancy and you can get to an Asda give this a go. I'm not gonna guarantee you will love it as we're all different, but I can say I was certainly impressed and have continued buying it as a treat since my first encounter with it.
I first picked up this milk in Asda a few months ago, thinking that it looked quite nice. I wasn't really expecting much because it's just flavoured milk, but to my surprise it was really delicious and I've been buying it on and off ever since. It does look good despite the quite plain packaging, to the extent where I'd queued up to buy some once and a random woman started a conversation with me about how she didn't like milk but this looked really nice...
The milk is semi-skinned and doesn't contain artificial colours or flavours. It does taste quite thick and creamy for just semi-skimmed milk, and the vanilla taste is lovely and adds a bit of a sweet kick. This range also includes Banana, Strawberry and Chocolate flavours, of which I've tried Chocolate (a bit powdery but ok) and Strawberry (fairly nice, much sweeter).
The milk comes in a plastic bottle with a screw top lid and once opening you should consume within three days. It looks just like regular milk, or maybe a bit creamier. The bottle itself is recyclable. The drink contains semi-skimmed milk, sugar, stabilisers and natural vanilla flavouring and is suitable for vegetarians. Each 100ml contains 65kcal, 3.6g protein, 1.7g of fat, 8.8g carbs (which I'm assuming includes sugar), vitamin B12 and calcium. You can buy this in small, 1 serving 330ml bottles, or larger family size bottles. It does contain quite a lot of sugar, but then that's to be expected with milk, and it's a good drink for kids (compared to fizzy drinks) and more exciting than plain milk. A big advantage for me is that it's also very filling, so I'm not tempted to snack in the afternoon.
In my local Asda, this product has a sticker on the shelf saying it's limited edition. This does just apply to the vanilla version, but I don't know whether they've decided to keep it on or not. I do find that this product has disappeared and reappeared on the shelves a few times, but it's usually back within a week even when they remove the price tag on the shelf. So it's a bit of a mystery. I did notice that they started making the larger family bottles in this flavour though, which they didn't before, so maybe it's here to stay. If you're interested in finding it, it's with the milk in Asda and can also sometimes be found in the chilled lunch food bit. They keep playing with the price as well. It's normally £1, which is quite expensive compared to a fizzy drink. Recently it's been discounted to 50p, which is great, and today I went in to find it's now some other random price. The family bottles, which I think are around a litre, are on offer at the moment at 2 for £3.
When I was in Asda the other day I fancied a milkshake, it had been a long night and I'd drunk LOADS more than I planned to so was feeling like a bag of crap. The only remedy for a hangover is a fry up and a nice milkshake to wash it down, but I'm getting bored out of my head with the standard milkshake flavours and I feel like I'll puke if I drink one more banana, strawberry or chocolate milkshake!!!
I've never heard of vanilla milkshake before but LOVE the taste of vanilla so when I saw this bottle in the fridge I thought I'd buy one to try. It was about 60p for a 330ml bottle so I brought 2 because most milkshakes come in 500ml bottles and I didn't think just one would be enough to fight my hangover! lol
It's GORGEOUS and deffo one of the nicest milkshake flavours I've ever had. It's a very thin milkshake and feels just like drinking a glass of semi skimmed milk, it's still a bit creamy through but it's the flavour that makes it feel so madly special to drink. You can taste the vanilla big time, it taste like proper fresh vanilla and not just vanilla flavouring that has been made up of a load of chemicals. The vanilla makes the milkshake lovely and sweet but it's not overpowering or anything like that, you can still taste the milk through the vanilla and normally I wouldn't like that about a milkshake but with this one it's just right and I reckon if they had used enough vanilla to cover the milk completely then the sweetness would have made the drink too sickly.
This is a madly refreshing milkshake, I didn't need the 2 bottles after all because the first one I drunk quenched my thirst big time and with it being thin it didn't feel like an effort to swig it down. I had mine straight out of the fridge so it was nice and cold, anyway you HAVE to keep this in the fridge because it's fresh milk so don't think that just because it's flavoured you can stick in the the cupboard or keep it in your bag all day like you can with them cheapo long life milkshakes.
I think this milkshake is PERFECT. It tastes proper grown up and the vanilla is wicked, it doesn't linger in your mouth for long but that's ok. I wish it would stick around a bit longer because the flavour is gorgeous but in a way I'm glad it doesn't because that would mean the taste of milk would linger as well.... and stale milk is not a good idea! lol
Each bottle has only got 65 calories and 1.7g fat, I've just got that info from the Asda website and it seems a bit low to me so if you're on a diet you will probably want to double check that on the bottle. If it really IS 65 cals then that's brill for such a yummy tasting sweet milkshake.
I am someone who guzzles an awful lot of pop and energy style drinks that generally do me not a lot of good really! I spotted this the other night whilst strolling round my local Asda store and decided to give it a go, I mean everyone now knows the benefit of milk to our systems, and me I love the flavour of vanilla in almost anything!
330ml plastic see-through oblong shaped bottle with a screw on/off white plastic cap/lid to the top of it. Around the middle and to the sides of the bottle there is a light gold label on there and a picture of what appears to be of milk splashing on a white flower and I'm told it is Asda Vanilla Flavoured Milk and of course the size is stated (as I've listed already) and I'm told that the milk has no artificial colours or flavours. Other information listed to the sides of the bottle includes ingredients and storage advice being given, a full nutritional chart is shown, the best before date is clearly displayed and contact details are given for Asda. Nice looking little bottle this is and of course it is informative enough!
The Milk Itself:
Well it's a cream in colour and appears like flavoured milk really. Open it up and you get a light and natural smell of vanilla up your nostrils and then of course your left to drink it!
Flavour-wise well this is really lovely and of course, being milk it is best served cool/cold. Made from semi-skimmed milk it still has a milky flavour but without coating the mouth in grease and is of good consistency opposed to skimmed milk which I always think of as coloured water!
The vanilla flavouring in this is as natural as it smells. It's not an overpowering flavour and still allows the taste of milk to come through nicely and I like the way it really isn't a faky flavour or too sweet or crammed pack full of artificial sweeteners so it leaves no weird after-taste on the tongue after drinking it!
This to me is a grown up looking and tasting vanilla milk. I'd be happy to give this to the kids but feel this is aimed at us older fans with the subtle packaging and very natural tastes. It's quite simply a very smooth and enjoyable drink! Well done Asda for this one I'm rather impressed by it!
Semi Skimmed Milk (92%) , Sugar , Skimmed Milk Powder , Stabilisers (Carrageenan, Xanthan Gum) , Natural Vanilla Flavouring.
Nutritional Informations Per Bottle:
Vitamin B12: 0.8µg (80% RDA)
Calcium : 155mg (19.4% RDA)
Only available in Asda stores costing 58p a bottle and is also available in strawberry and chocolate flavour (at the same price).