Milkshakes are one of those things that I love as a treat.
I’ve always felt that there are two types of milkshake, the thick ice cream type and then of course the runny milky type. Either way, I love them…. and just can’t get enough.
As is in their name milkshakes unfortunately consist of a lot of dairy!
This poses a problem to those of us who are dairy intolerant, or choose not to eat/drink dairy.
Luckily for us, a few companies have produced options to keep us covered. Now I have found there’s more ranges/brands producing dairy free chocolate milk. Dairy free strawberry alternatives are a little harder to come by, but I much prefer this or banana to chocolate.
Ocado had two choices on offer in small carton sizes:
A dairy free alternative made from coconut milk. These are a long life, carton sized option which come in a pack of three.
At £1.49 it is the more expensive of the two, but not by a huge amount. Coming in three flavours which consist of strawberry, chocolate or original.
The cartons are tall, but thin which meant that they took up less room in the fridge or bag when taking to work.
Handily it is UHT so not necessary to keep in the fridge, however personally I think it really does need to be chilled before drinking.
The straw that comes with it is a collapsible type one, this can be a bit of a nuisance when drinking if the straw is a bit dodgy. As I had one carton where the straw just kept folding up whilst I tried to drink.
As for the taste, the strawberry taste is subtle. It’s refreshing and light and not too sweet for early in the morning.
However once swallowed I find it has a bizarre after taste, it definitely is not of coconuts. So I cannot work out what it is, but that’s then all I could taste.
Unfortunately this strange after taste put me off of them, and I found I was disliking the drinks more each time I had them purely for that reason.
These might be enjoyable for some, but definitely not me and will not be purchased again.
Next up was Alpro’s long life strawberry milk. Again, this comes in a pack of three with the two flavour alternatives of chocolate or strawberry. At the price of £1.35 from Ocado it is the cheaper of the two.
The Alpro cartons are pretty sturdy and I’ve taken them around in my work bag etc with no concerns over them breaking.
Again this drink is long life, so does not require being kept chilled. However to enjoy it best, it should definitely be cold before drinking.
On first impressions the Alpro strawberry milk is much sweeter, it was also thicker with a lot more flavour to it.
The main noticeable thing about this one compared to the KOKO alternative is that there is no horrid aftertaste. The sweet strawberry taste remains the same, and is nice and refreshing.
This drink will likely be the preferred choice for children, and it is definitely the preferred choice for myself.
I’ve continued buying this, and will continue to do so.