February 21, 2018
Not all milks are created equal! Olivia Barry ‘20, Analisa Gusmano ‘20, Sara Matvey ‘20, and I decided to try a variety of milks including canned coconut milk, canned evaporated milk, soy milk, and almond milk and judged them based on taste, consistency, and quality of pairing with chocolate chip cookies. Below are our rankings from worst to best based on these criteria:
4. Canned Coconut Milk:
Primarily used for cooking, Nuoc Cot Dua is not meant to be drank in a glass and served with cookies (which we learned the hard way). To our surprise, the coconut milk did not have a creamy texture and consistency, but rather, a watery consistency. The sole ingredients of the milk itself and water led to a drink that tasted like water with a putrid aftertaste. This taste did not complement the cookie, putting canned coconut milk last on our list.
3. Canned Evaporated Milk:
Like the coconut milk, canned evaporated milk is also primarily used for cooking and was equally surprising in initial taste. Evaporated milk was sweeter than we anticipated. It has a thick consistency, close to the consistency of whole milk. The combination of the milk’s sugary taste along with the chocolate chip cookie’s honeyed taste created an overwhelmingly sweet sensation, too much for our palates.
2. Nature’s Promise Organic Vanilla Soy Milk:
Soy milk rivaled evaporated milk in a competition for the thickest consistency. However, soy milk lacked the intense sweetness that the evaporated milk had. While tasting good at first, the taste of soy beans was especially prominent in the aftertaste of the milk. This aftertaste was not as strong as the aftertaste from the canned coconut milk, earning vanilla soy milk the number two spot on our list.
1. Almond Milk:
Almond milk was the last milk we tried, and it was undeniably the best one- the only one we could drink a whole glass of. It was the perfect combination of elements from milk we previously tried. It had the sweetness of the evaporated milk and the thick consistency of the soy milk, along with the right amount of a savory almond taste. This was enough to provide a complementary taste to the cookie, not only giving almond milk the number one spot on this list, but also convincing us to make the change from whole to almond milk in our daily lives.