Not surprisingly-our fav products come courtesy of smaller -innovative companies.
A few Halo / Half N' Half slayers from the recent Fancy Food Show/Consumer Products Events:
|WOWWEEEEEE! Organic Nectars Cashewtopia-hand made in a Hudson River town...just floored us! In a good way. This delicious creamy USDA Organic, Vegan +Kosher- plant based gelato w/ cashew nut milk as the 'dairy' stand-in-is dairy free+ gluten free. No worries tho'-the rich decadent spoon licking flavor we tried...chocolate hazelnut-is sweet enough-(organic agaveLight, organic coconut palm sugar) w/ real deal chunks of chocolate +hazelnuts. IMO-will convince even the skeptical that a better for you ice cream sub-tastes better too. We should of asked for more samples. That good. Available in Whole Foods-and most likely-more supermarket chains are stocking it soon.|
|Califia Farms introduced new creamy Probiotic Dairy Free-Yogurt Drinks-comes mixed with fruit-plain, plain/and plain-unsweetened. The almond-coconut base-which we find is creamier and richer tasting than plain ole' almond milk in general-has 10 billion, live active CFUs (BB-12). Non-dairy, non-GMO, gluten free, vegan, Kosher and yay-free of carrageenan (intestinal inflammatory?)-a no want food additive often found in competitor 'healthy' versions of yogurt drinks and ice cream.|
|Califia Better Half Coconut Cream and Almond Milk-carrageenan and soy free-is part of our morning java routine (unsweetened)-pretty much since they came on the market. Creamy-have same texture as the dairy one-and tastes similar...no adjustment needed. Why is it better-well? No trans fat and less saturated fat than half n half regular-and unsweetened does not have the sugar, either. Non-GMO, Vegan, Kosher|
|Shelf stable NUTPODS creamers-dairy, soy gluten FREE, vegan-plant based, non-GMO, carrageenan free-gets its taste/texture from coconut cream + almonds. A truly worthy half n'half slayer-plus it has no cholesterol or sugar and is lower in carbs (original flavor that we tried) than the dairy version. Widely available-online and in stores. Refrigerated versions are coming out. NOTE-one can enlighten cocktail hour with these plant-based milk subs---on the website-we found recipes that def. tempt!!!|
|SUJA's Plant Protein Milk= a breakthrough, ingredient wise-for tasty non-dairy Plant Protein Milk (the Milk part pending FDA -lawsuits). Rich and creamy and with a decent amount of protein per serving (8 grams)...this USDA Organic, Non-GMO, Cold Pressure protected (meaning high pressure-not high heat used to preserve...so nutritional benefits aren't killed off +shelf life is extended) ---is made up of pea protein, sunflower seed butter, and flax seeds...conjured up by a scientist (we asked...). more fiber+50% less sugar than dairy milk-plus-it's NUT FREE. The chocolate version we sipped at the Fancy Food Show (the booth was MOBBED btw)-reminded us Nestle's Quik -but better -nutrition wise- less sugar too-and a bit creamier....and the Original version tastes so much like real deal milk-but also tad richer/ creamier-that when we brought it to a weekend house-with a shared refrigerator-all the residing Brits and India natives- who put milk in their tea (PK Tips Black Tea, naturally)...used our entire bottle of SUJA Original straight up. THANKS ha ha.|
We expect Suja Plant Protein Milk to be widely available...The Coca Cola Company-has smartly (imo) made a minority investment...and they are distribution channel heavies.
FYI Suja's drinking vinegars and Kombucha are already out there.
|Mooala Bananamilk-is USDA Organic and also Dairy and Nut Free-comes in Original-made from pureed bananas (mixed with roasted sunflower seed butter) with a "dash of cinnamon and salt" with no added sugared clocking in at 60 calories/serving. With the consistency of 2% dairy milk...the chocolate version tastes yummy-straight out of the bottle. Gluten and carrageenan free too---and non-GMO. Widely available include chains like Whole Foods, Stop N' Shop and Costco.|
|Harmless Harvest Coconut Waters have some company with the non-dairy Probiotic Yogurt drinks. USDA Organic, the sips come in Original and authentic fruit combos like organic Blueberry & Acai and Mangos+Acerolas (Superfood pairings-for vitamins/anti-oxidants). Most of the ingredients (98%)-are Fair Trade certified plus the drinks are made from more of the whole edible coconut-a big positive step towards Zero Waste goals. Contains coconut meat, coconut water sourced from Thailand and processed without formaldehyde or preserving agents (yikes-who does that, we wonder) , organic cane sugar ..and 12.5 billion CFUs active live cultures. The bottles are made of recyclable plastic PET, Very cool company MO (IMO) :-)|