Many of you may have noticed the lactose-free alternative to yogurt in the Usdan Café fridge, right above the sandwiches.  I had seen them, but never had the courage to try any – until now.

Amande is a brand of cultured almond milk.  Coconut and raspberry are the two flavors served here.  I tried coconut.  The containers are about the size of a small orange and run around $3 a tub.

I was a little wary of these because they struck me as a sort of yucky health food you’d choke down to feel good about yourself.  However, I was pleasantly surprised.  The consistency is not quite that of yogurt, a little thinner.  It’s probably closer to applesauce texture.  Also, there are bits of coconut in this flavor, which adds a nice contrast.  The taste of coconut is very strong – much more present than fruit flavors in regular yogurts – but there is still a hint of almond.  It is smooth and much more filling than I expected.  The flavor is very tangy and unusual.  Don’t expect it to taste like yogurt, because it doesn’t.  If you picked it up without reading the label, you would probably assume it was yogurt and the flavor would be quite a shock, but if you go into the snacking experience expecting something different, you will probably enjoy it.

It makes a good snack or part of a lunch (it’s not quite substantial enough for a full meal).  So, if you’re lactose intolerant and you want a spoonable snack to hold you over ‘till dinner, or if you just want to try something new, pick up an Amande cultured almond milk.  Who knows? You just might like it.

-Laura Hess ’16