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Who's the Milkiest of Them All? Based on a one-cup serving.
Almond Milk Calories: 60 Fat: 2.5 grams Sugar: 7 grams Vitamin D and Calcium: 25% and 30%** Taste: Pleasantly sweet and nutty; nice almond notes In Coffee: Smells great. Turns ordinary coffee into almond coffee. On Cereal: Oh yes. Enhances but doesn't overpower a bowl of raisin bran. Dunking Cookies: A sweet-on-sweet experience. Improved the cookie by adding the flavor of a nut. Price***: $1.80 for 32 ounces
Soy milk Calories: 90 Fat: 3.5 grams Sugar: 6 grams Vitamin D and Calcium: 30% and 30%** Taste: Slightly sweet with a slightly bitter, some say 'beany,' aftertaste In Coffee: Very close to cow's milk, with similar taste and heft. On Cereal: Dark-beige color makes it a tough sell for kids. Dunking Cookies: An above-average cookie foil, close to cow's milk. Not too sweet. Price***: $1.90 for 32 ounces
Rice Milk Calories: 120 Fat: 2.5 grams Sugar: 10 grams Vitamin D and Calcium: 25% and 30%** Taste: Pleasantly fragrant if a bit watery and sweet, with clear rice notes In Coffee: Didn't quite hold its own against the coffee. Not very creamy. On Cereal: Had a look and taste similar to skim cow's milk, added a not-unpleasant starchy note. Dunking Cookies: Absorbed quickly, making for a soggy cookie. Price***: $2.99 for 32 ounces
Coconut milk Calories: 80 Fat: 5 grams Sugar: 6 grams Vitamin D and Calcium: 30% and 10%** Taste: Strong coconut notes with a dairy-like tang. 'Tastes like coconut yogurt,' one taster said. With Coffee: Seemed to separate, leaving a bit of a sheen on top. Not recommended. On Cereal: Adhered well to flakes, but the thicker texture and tart flavor didn't marry well with raisin bran. Dunking Cookies: Interesting flavor combination. Price***: $2.55 for 32 ounces
2% cow's milk Cow's Milk (2%)* Calories: 130 Fat: 5 grams Sugar: 12 grams Vitamin D and Calcium: 25% and 30%** Taste: Rolls beautifully across the tongue. And the buttery shade adds to its appeal. With Coffee: Transforms black coffee into something creamy without overpowering it. On Cereal: A little plain-Jane next to cereal with almond milk. Dunking Cookies: Still the gold standard Price***: $1.25 for 32 ounces NOTES: * Brands compared: Blue Diamond Almond Breeze, original; Silk Soymilk, original; Rice Dream Enriched; So Delicious, original; Giant Food brand 2%. Results may vary by brand. ** Percent daily values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet. ***Retail prices in effect on Jan. 11, 2011, at Giant Food in Silver Spring, Md. Write to Anne Marie Chaker at email@example.com
Thanks, Shira, this is useful. It is helpful that it mentions level of sweetness and how well the substitute works for various uses
This past Thanksgiving, I was almost going to try to make mashed potatoes with Rice Milk because I thought my cousin who has a severe peanut allergy had trouble with soy too. But it turns out that she's OK with soy.
I've been meaning to try out a recipe I saw in the New York Times for a Coconut-Sweet Potato Pie which could be pareve if you substitute pareve margarine for the butter: www.nytimes.com/2010/11/24/dining/24Minirex.html My family loves the pareve ice-cream substitutes that use coconut cream---really creamy texture and no aftertaste unlike Tofutti. They do taste of coconut, but that's OK if you like that flavor anyway.
It's harder to modify dairy recipes to make them pareve at Passover if you avoid kitniyot, so soy and rice milk are out, and I don't know if there are almond milk or coconut milk with a Kosher-for-Passover hechsher.