I bought chocolate flavoured Rice Dream milk by mistake a few months ago and it’s been sitting in the fridge feeling neglected ever since. Finally I gave it a go and knocked back a delicious cold glass of the stuff and it’s good; not only is it very tasty, it also contains 120mg of calcium (15% RDA) so it’s great for the skin and bones too. If you have a dairy allergy or intolerance do make sure you buy alternatives with added calcium to ensure you are getting enough in your diet.
Since making this discovery I’ve been buying Rice Dream chocolate flavoured milk regularly and it’s a real treat. I then discovered another dairy free alternative to chocolate milk from Oatly, so I bought that too as a bit of a change. Variety is the spice of life as they say.
Side by side in a glass the Oatly chocolate milk looked slightly paler in colour and much more palatable than the plain oat milk variety which can look a bit greyish and watery. They both look just like normal chocolate milk, and they actually both taste really good.
The Rice Dream had a rich creamy taste, quite sweet but delicious and very tasty. The Oatly was subtly different; it had a tang to it that I couldn’t identify and does taste different to the Rice Dream alternative but it too was smooth, full of flavour, with 15% of your RDA of calcium added.
Provamel and Alpro also make a dairy free soya chocolate milk but I’m not so keen on soya milk. Has anyone tried it? Is it tasty? I don’t really like the taste of soya milk as it is often sweetened, but for a chocolate milk I’m sure it tastes lovely.
Oatley chocolate milk ingredients
Oat base (water, oats 10%), sugar, cacao 1%, rapeseed oil, salt, aroma, calcium, vitamins (D, riboflavin, folic acid and B12).
Rice Dream chocolate milk ingredients
Water, rice (7%), cane sugar, cocoa powder (0.8g), sunflower oil, calcium carbonate, thickening agents: guar gum & xanthan gum;sea salt, natural flavours.
Alpro Soya chocolate flavour
Water, Raw cane sugar, Hulled soya beans (6.3%), Cocoa (2%), Maltodextrin, Tri-calcium phosphate, Sea salt, Natural flavouring, Stabiliser: (Carrageenan), Vitamins (Riboflavin, B12, D2).
Provamel Soya chocolate drink
Water, organic raw cane sugar, hulled organic soya beans (7.2%), organic corn maltodextrin, organic chocolate (1.1%), organic fat reduced cocoa (1%), sea salt, organic vanilla extract, stabiliser: carrageenan
Comparing the ingredients lists above they are pretty basic, but I think the Oatly seems purer, without any thickeners and stabilisers. Do we really need them?
Which is my favourite? I’d be hard pushed to pick one. I think the Rice Dream just pips Oatly to the post but both are really tasty. If you haven’t tried dairy free chocolate milk yet, give it a go. You’ll be pleasantly surprised. I would even go so far as to say that it tastes better than normal milk. If you’ve tried the Soya varieties please let me know what you thought. Perhaps I should give them another go.