Review: Silk Chocolate Soy Milk

Brand Background:
Silk is my favorite non-dairy milk brand. A few different things really stand out to me that make Silk a great purchase, in my opinion.

  1. They are non-GMO and are supporters of the Just Label It Campaign, which is a movement to make GMO labeling necessary in the United States. (However, Silk and Horizon are owned by Dean Foods, a company that is strongly opposing Proposition 37.)
  2. They provide a large variety of dairy alternatives, including coconut milk, almond milk, and soy milk, with many different flavors and varieties. There’s really something for everyone.

Nutrition:
Silk Chocolate Soymilk has 150 calories per 8 oz serving. It contains 5 grams of protein, has no lactose/dairy, and is GMO free. It only has 3 grams of fat, the majority which come from poly- and monounsaturated fats. It may be a little sweet, since it has 21 grams of sugar, so if you’re looking to cut back on sugar the chocolate flavor may not be the answer for you. The Silk Chocolate Soy Milk does NOT contain carrageenan. It contains 30% or less of: vitamin A, calcium, iron, vitamin D, riboflavin, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.
For a more complete nutrition profile visit Silk’s website.

My Impressions:
Generally I buy the Unsweetened Original Almond Milk and the Dark Chocolate Almond Milk from Silk. They are my favorites and when I’m living at home, I drink them constantly. However, while I’m at college, I don’t have access to these delicious, healthy beverages. The nearest Wal-Mart/Giant is 2+ miles away (both in opposite directions) and without a car, it’s hard to get to those places.

My college convenience store actually sells Silk single serving soy milk, in both the original and chocolate flavors. So earlier this week I used my flex dollars to purchase my first chocolate soy milk!

Maybe it’s because I’m used to the Dark Chocolate Almond Milk, but I expected this Chocolate Soy Milk to taste more like liquid chocolate. It seemed to taste less sweet and it had a less creamy texture. It had the consistency of watered down milk, despite having Guar Gum and Xanthan Gum to help maintain consistency and thicken.

To be honest, I did not really enjoy it. I have never been a huge fan of diary, but usually I am ok with chocolate flavored versions. As I drank my milk, I didn’t have the same overwhelming sense of pure joy that I get when I drink my Dark Chocolate Almond Milk. (Exaggeration? Not really.) I do not think that I will be repurchasing this soy milk, when I clearly need to save my flex dollars for apple cider and grapes.

Recommendation:
Drink the Dark Chocolate Almond Milk Instead! It has fewer calories (120 calories per 8 oz serving) and if you consider the amount of soy unintentionally consumed in other foods, I believe it’s better to avoid consuming soy products if possible.

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