Category Archives: DRINK

Review: Tempt Chocolate Hemp Milk

In the past, my biggest complaint about non-dairy chocolate beverages was how watery they all seemed to be. With Tempt’s attempt, this wasn’t the case. The milk from hemp seeds made it rich and creamy. But I felt like Tempt was trying desperately to convince me that this was a delicious chocolately drink that I just can’t live without. It felt like they added way too much chocolate.

Chaz liked it though. He said it was like the vegan Yoohoo of the non-dairy chocolate drink world.

I still personally like Pacific Food’s version better. So, I must pass on this one Tempt, but I’m still going to try your other products.

Chaz’s Coconut Chai

After I posted pictures of the coconut milk chai on the Post Punk Kitchen forum [which I love by the way] I received several responses asking for details. So I managed to get the nitty gritty details out of him and pasted together this “recipe”. He’s very very much a season-to-taste cook, so we’ll just call these guidelines with a few suggestions thrown in.

Chaz’s Coconut Chai
Coconut Milk [we used Thai Kitchen Organic Unsweetened Coconut Milk that comes in a can]
Valencia Orange Peel
Any variety of tea you have on hand would work, just keep in mind the flavor of the tea you use [we used Kukicha]
Agave Syrup

1. Whatever mug you’re using, fill it up 3/4 full with water
2. Put water in a pot and let it come to a boil
3. 2-1 ratio of water to coconut milk goes into boiling water, a little bit at a time, stirring well to incorporate
4. Add about a teaspoon each of cinnamon and orange peel and stir well
5. Let it come back to a boil and then remove from the stove
6. To keep the tiny bits of orange peel from settling at the bottom of your cup and you swallowing them, strain the coconut milk mix through a fine sieve or cheesecloth and into your drinking vessel holding your tea bag of choice
7. Let the tea steep in the mix like normal, sweeten to taste and enjoy!

-Fair warning: coconut milk is oily. It’s delicious for sure, but when you see your chai is shiny on top, that’s the fat. It’s totally delicious and creamy, but you can find a lite version of coconut milk for a lower fat content if you prefer
-Other spices we didn’t have on hand but are getting for the next time we make this: vanilla bean, clove, star anise, allspice
-Have fun with trying spices in your chai; it really is just one of those things that is suited to your personal taste

Chaz would appreciate honest feedback. You can tell him by leaving us a comment or emailing him here: Thanks!

Review: Pacific Natural Foods Hazelnut Chocolate Vegan Beverage

I’m skeptical of replacement chocolate milks. I haven’t had much luck in finding a vegan version of one of the things I had a hard time breaking away from. Either it was the consistency, taste or both that always seemed to turn me off.

Alas, today things have changed for me in the “Hunt For The Greatest Vegan Chocolate Milk!” as I have so lovingly dubbed it.

When I saw this in our cart at the store, I admittedly rolled my eyes a bit at Chaz. I caught myself being closed minded about trying something new without even buying it first! Needless to say now, I’m so glad I tried it.

To try and make up for being so obviously turned off by trying another choco milk replacement, I decided to treat it with some respect and give it an honest go. I used a real glass instead of some lackluster plastic molded container. I devoted all of my attention to really tasting the flavor, trying to notice subtleties in texture and then promptly comparing those results to my memory of cow chocolate milk. I sat down at the kitchen table, felt the weight of the glass in my hand and sipped at it at first.

It wasn’t watery! That was the first pleasant surprise. The second was that it had an authentic chocolate taste to it. Imagine that! The only negative [and that’s really for lack of a better term] was that you really have to shake it up well. It looked a little weird to me in the glass the first time I drank it but I’m convinced now that it was due to the lack of shaking. All in all, I’m sold! Score another for being vegan!


Hazelnut Chocolate Vegan Beverage from Pacific Foods

This may sound silly to some people, but the difference between shoveling food in your mouth and drowning it all in whatever you happen to be drinking and actually paying attention to what you’re nourishing [or not nourishing] your body with is phenomenal. I think we’ve all become so inundated with personal, friend and family drama, the latest technology, gadget, etc. we’ve lost sight of the simplest things.

When’s the last time you really enjoyed something simple like a cup of your favorite drink, whatever it may be, in a real glass, sitting at a table and doing nothing else?

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