Product: Dream Blends Unsweetened Original Almond, Cashew and Hazelnut Drink – $4.19+
From the company that brings you Almond Dream, Rice Dream, Soy Dream, and Chocolate Dream non-dairy beverages comes an interesting blend of nuts in what is being called…Dream Blends.
I’m going to be honest, the moment I saw this sitting on the shelf of my local Earth Fare grocery store, I wanted to try it. But I didn’t snag it right away. Why? Because I live on a budget. I totally waited for a sale, which came about a week later…and that was when I picked up one of these shelf-stable boxes.
I was almost through the last of my unsweetened almond milk, so my cereal would soon be swimming in an unsweetened blend of almond, cashew and hazelnut milks. Sounds delicious, yes? I thought so.
And it was…except…when I first tasted it, I pretty much expected for there to be more of a nutty flavor to it. I found it rather bland on its own. Which was surprising. With all that nuttiness going in, even if this was unsweetened (cutting down on the sugars, you see), I thought it would taste more nuttier than almond milk (and I love almond milk).
But…it didn’t. And, believe it or not, that disappointed me. Honestly.
Now, don’t get me wrong…this blend isn’t bad at all. I found it rather pleasing to the pallet and it definitely mixed well with my gluten-free peanut butter puff cereal and my gluten-free frosted flakes cereal. I used this in gluten-free carrot cake pancakes as well as gluten-free carrot cake scones. And it cooked up well in those goodies. On its own…just in a glass…it was a disappointment.
But when mixed with something else, or incorporated into a recipe…it was magic.
Along with being a blend of three of my favorite nuts, I also enjoyed that this beverage is a good source of fiber, low in fat, enriched with antioxidant Vitamin E and Vitamins A, B12, D and Calcium. It is also dairy-free, lactose-free, and cholesterol free.
Would I consider this a dream blend…yes. And perhaps the original variety has a stronger flavor than the unsweetened. I didn’t dislike this…I just expected a little more bang from the flavor. But, I would definitely buy it again if the price was right.
Looking for a good dairy alternative and want to try some of your favorite nut milks all in one place…then Dream Blends Almond, Cashew, and Hazelnut Drink is for you. All you have to do is decide if you want the original blend or the unsweetened original blend. The choice is yours.