It’s 6:30 a.m.
Your alarm is going off and you’ve probably already hit snooze once (Who am I kidding? At least 3 times!).
The dog is snuggled up so close to you that you can’t move without waking him – which you wouldn’t dare do.
The husband is still asleep with his own alarms buzzing as he quickly hits snooze himself.
In your head, you run through all the things you want to accomplish for the day and then it stops.
Immediately you realize, you need coffee.
“I can’t stop drinking the coffee. I stop drinking the coffee, I stop doing the standing and the walking and the words putting into the sentence doing.”
-Lorelai, Gilmore Girls
Admittedly, I am not a huge coffee drinker. In fact, most of my habits are on a yearly rotation. I like coffee for a few months, but then I’ve moved on to smoothies and before I know it, I’m starting my day with tea. The rotation is a cycle that repeats itself year after year. In the summer, I love to have an iced coffee most mornings. That’s another thing – I don’t drink my coffee hot ever, but I will drink my tea iced or hot. This is a lot to remember if you are married to me – thankfully my husband can keep up! I haven’t used or purchased dairy milk for any purpose in probably 2 years now. However, my husband still uses a dairy coffee creamer for his daily coffee. Since he is a coffee addict, we thought we’d explore some vegan options that are newer to the market.
Coffee-Mate Natural Bliss Almond Milk Creamer – Hazelnut Flavor
In early 2017, Coffee-Mate announced that it would be releasing a few vegan coffee creamer alternatives. According to their website, they make 3 almond milk based versions and 1 coconut based versions. The flavors are Sweet Creme, Caramel, Hazelnut and Vanilla. The Hazelnut flavor is a Target exclusive item so we picked one up on our last trip. Hazelnut is also my husband’s favorite flavor. I personally feel like I would have to use too much of this to get the flavor I like in my coffee. I prefer my usual iced coffee with unsweetened vanilla almond milk and a little bit of sugar sprinkled in. We did taste a hazelnut flavor though. I would like to find the Sweet Creme Coconut based version to try sometime in the future though! My husband still prefers his non-vegan version that’s a bit stronger so we’ll be on the lookout for more options.
Wannabe Vegan: 5/10 ~ Omnivore: 6/10
Califia Farms – Salted Caramel Cold Brew Coffee
Confession time: I have purchased this product several times so I already knew what my rating would be, but I’ve never told you! I love anything and everything salted caramel flavor. I love the creaminess and sweetness that this coffee brings to my mornings. My husband, on the other hand, hates it. He humored me for this review and did try it though. He did ask where the coffee was in the drink, because he said the salted caramel flavor overpowered the coffee which I don’t mind one bit. Since this item is a little pricey for an everyday purchase, I do buy it every now and then. Keep in mind – for companies to keep producing these items, we have to let them know that we want them and like them. The easiest way to do this is through your purchases. To learn more, check out their website.
Wannabe Vegan: 10/10 ~ Omnivore: 8/10
Ripple – Chocolate Milk
I know there are tons of people out there that don’t enjoy coffee or maybe have kids that need a morning pick-me-up. We decided to also check out a new line of dairy free milk that’s been released to the marketplace called Ripple. It’s a pea protein based milk product and all of the varieties offered are vegan! This product boasts 8 grams of protein, less sugar than traditional milk, and nut free which can be a challenge for vegans with nut allergies. We weren’t too crazy about this product. The mouth feel and weight is similar to that of traditional chocolate milk (from what I remember), but it has a protein shake aftertaste that we just couldn’t love. This is our first experience with pea protein with the exception of the Vega smoothie powder I add in my shakes from time to time.
Wannabe Vegan: 5/10 ~ Omnivore: 6/10