I don't know about all of you but every trip to the grocery store in the last few weeks has bombarded me with another new pumpkin item. Toaster pastries to ravioli, baking mixes to coffees, this deluge of pumpkin has infiltrated even the most remote corners of the grocery store (Pumpkin mochi ice cream anyone?) Just when I thought I'd seen it all, I went on a high speed Whole Foods run and saw this,
It's an almond milk beverage with pumpkin and cinnamon. Is it terribly special? Kind of. I mean, it's the first time I've seen this combination. Is it tasty? um, YES. I like a good pumpkin beverage in months ending in 'r' and this was certainly a pleasant way to start the day. The odd thing is the package said for it to be served chilled. Not one to follow the rules, I warmed it up in the microwave and topped it with some extra sweetness.
It was plenty fine warmed up. Actually, it was really good warmed up. I bet it's good chilled but it didn't say anywhere on the package not to heat it up. Believe me, I looked.
I know what you're going to say, "Erica, why not just get a pumpkin chai mix and mix it with almond milk?" I'll tell you why: A) that's two items instead of one, which means more money and more waste B) I can take this to work as is and not worry about finding a spoon to scoop and mix C) The taste is better than most mixes out there D) Didn't think I'd get to D, did you? I occasionally like a a dairy alternative. While this is great for vegans, you don't need to be vegan to enjoy this almond milk beverage.
If you enjoy almond milk this is worth your time. If you're vegan, this is your best bet. Pour yourself a cup o' cozy and remember that the pumpkin extravaganza will be over in 13 days and you will be returned to your regularly scheduled products. Until the next dish, ciao!