Almond milk is a healthier and even yummier alternative to dairy milk. One of the most well-known brands is Silk Almond Milk, which comes in a variety of flavours like original, unsweetened original, light original, vanilla, unsweetened vanilla, light vanilla, and dark chocolate. Sounds delicious, right? So how well do you know Silk milk? Whether you’re a regular consumer of this product or just a casual Silk Almond milk drinker, it’s good to know more about this product.
History of Silk Almond Milk
The journey of this almond milk brand began in 1977, led by Steve Demos. Originally, Demos wanted to start a tofu company to encourage more people to have a healthier plant-based diet. At that time food products made from soy weren’t mainstream yet. A local investor was convinced to contribute a start-up fund of $2000. Initially, the company was named White Wave and various plant-based foods were sold to excited customers such as pizza, granola, ice cream, sausages, burgers, cakes, mayonnaise, nut butters, and many other innovative creations.
In 1978, White Wave’s products were signed on to be sold in a supermarket chain. All soy products were first located in the produce section, but Silk soy milk was later on transferred to the refrigerated area where dairy milk is also located. Refrigerated and ready-to-drink soy milk eventually became popular among Silk’s original customers as well as new ones and so the brand eventually became number 1 in the US. In 2002, Dean Foods bought White Wave resulting in even larger sales growth at $350 million in their annual revenue for 2005. Silk is the biggest purchaser of organic, non-genetically modified soybeans in North America.
Finally, Silk Pure Almond was first introduced in January of 2010 and it is also the first non-soy product of the company. Since then, other variants have been introduced, catering to people’s different tastes.
Just like the soybeans they use, Silk Almond milk uses non-genetically modified almonds that are grown and harvested in California. The nuts are carefully picked and only the nuts that adhere to Silk’s strict standards are used: those with the appropriate size, right density, and proper colour. The chosen almonds are then shelled, toasted, and ground. The ground almonds are then blended with pure filtered water. The resulting mix is then filtered to take out the remaining almond meal. Vitamins, minerals, and natural flavour are also added to make the final product: delicious almond milk. For the other variants, vanilla, dark chocolate, and other flavours are also blended in.
Silk vs other brands
Two other major brands of almond milk are Almond Breeze and Almond Dream. Compared to these two, Silk has a creamier, smoother texture and a slightly saltier taste. In addition, it is also thicker than the almond milk of the other two brands. The almond flavour is also more distinct in Silk, although all brands taste delicious.
Silk and Almond Breeze have almost the same nutritional statistics at 7 grams of sugar, 60 calories, and 150 grams of sodium. In addition, the two brands also have other similar nutrients, such as potassium, protein, Vitamins A, D and E, calcium, and antioxidants. Almond Dream has fewer calories (50) and lesser sodium (100 grams) & sugar (5 grams).
Even if Silk is also known for its soy milk, its almond milk does not contain any soy ingredients, compared to Almond Breeze that includes soy lecithin. Instead of soy lecithin, Silk uses sunflower lecithin. Moreover, Silk also uses calcium carbonate, while the other brands use tricalcium phosphate.
Other Silk Milk products
Aside from almond milk, Silk also produces soy milk (in fact, “Silk” is a combination of “soy” and “milk”) and coconut milk.
Similar to its almond milk, high-quality and non-genetically modified soybeans and coconuts are used to make Silk’s soy milk and coconut milk. Filtered water, vitamins, minerals, and natural flavours are also used to produce these other Silk milk products.
Silk’s almond milk and soy milk can be poured over your favourite cereal, shakes, and smoothies. Their soy milk and coconut milk can also be used for both sweet and savory dishes like soups, curries, muffins, and other desserts. You can also make your favourite drinks creamier with any of these three Silk milk products; mix them along with your coffee or tea to have a yummier drinking experience.
Silk almond milk can be consumed by many kinds of people: weight-watchers, diabetics, cooks, bakers, dieters, and many more. What kind of Silk almond milk drinker are you?