I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stood in line at Starbucks and heard someone in front of me ask the barista if they have almond milk yet. The answer has always been no—that is, until now.
Next month, the coffee giant is granting the wishes (and silencing the complaints) of thousands of its customers by launching its own homemade version of the dairy-free alternative, called Almondmilk, in 4,600 of its stores. It will cost you an extra $0.60 per drink, but I can’t imagine that it won’t be super tasty and well worth it. The company says it will have “light almond notes without any added flavoring.”
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Yoke Wong, a manager on Starbucks’ beverage research and development team, said in a news release: “We created our own almond milk recipe to complement our hot, iced and Frappuccino blended beverages. It was designed so that when steamed, it creates a rich foam for hot beverages and is delicious and creamy when served in cold beverages. The almond butter in our Almondmilk adds body and complements the roasty notes of espresso. Because it’s unflavored, customers can customize to their taste preferences.”
According to Starbucks, the nutritional stats look like this: An 8-ounce serving has 3 grams of sugar, compared to 12–13 grams of naturally occurring sugar in 2 percent dairy milk. Almond milk has less protein than soy, but fewer calories, which is enticing for many people trying to manage their waistlines. Typically, flavored almond milks, like vanilla, pack in a ton of added sugar, but with Starbucks unflavored option, it should ring in pretty low on the sugar meter.
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