Silk Café

For those who can’t do without coffee creamer

Giving up coffee creamer was a real challenge when I first discovered that certain foods were a problem for me. There’s something about that silky smooth taste of creamed coffee, that delicious aroma was tough! Then again, I also ate sugar in those days, so perhaps it was partially a vehicle for the combination of bitter and sweet.

Nevertheless, I’ve been looking for a decent creamer alternative ever since.

Allergy products have come a long way, and the market for them seems to be growing daily, and is becoming more creative. As a result, I’m always experimenting with something new. Just recently, when I was buying soy milk, I noticed Silk for Coffee. This product was in the “dairy” section, so I decided to pick some up and give it a try.

I was pleasantly surprised.

Silk for Coffee is creamy and works the same as cream - it mellows the strength of the coffee and gives you that wonderful rich colour and flavour! Better yet, Silk for Coffee is completely dairy and lactose free, so it’s perfectly acceptable for those with dairy allergies. In fact, this product has no lactose, dairy, cholesterol, gluten, egg, casein or peanut, so it’s a wonderful alternative for many kinds of allergies.

I also tried Silk for Coffee on hot breakfast cereal. In my opinion, it took my likeness for oatmeal up a few notches. It did for my oatmeal what it did for coffee - provided a creamy alternative to milk.

At 15-calories per tablespoon, Silk is comparable in calories to half and half creamer, so don’t use the fact that it’s an allergy product as an excuse to indulge, it’s hardly a diet product! However, if you’re looking for a way to enjoy your coffee or tea, and milk has been banned from your list, Silk could be your knight in creamy goodness.

As always, read the label before purchasing any product - allergy or otherwise - to be sure that it’s right for you.

The ingredients listed on the package include organic soy beverage (filtered water, whole organic soybeans), organic canola oil, organic evaporated cane juice, maltodextrin (from corn), soy lecithin, natural flavours, potassium phosphate, sodium citrate, tapioca starch, carrageenan, acidity regulator (sodium bicarbonate), anti-foaming agent (organic sunflower oil, silicon dioxide and soy lethicin). Seventy-four percent of Silk’s ingredients have been certified as organic.

~ Monique L. Attinger

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