Review: Elmhurst Milked Range
While vegan nut-based milks are nothing new, the story of Elmurst Milked is definitely one to note. Originally Elmhurst Dairy, the 92-year-old company not only closed down its dairy operation this year, but has opted for a full rebranding in order to focus on plant-based milks.
The resulting Milked line comes in four varieties: Almond, Cashew, Hazelnut and Walnut. According to a press release by the company:
“Using a patented cold-milling process called ‘milking’ (developed by one of the nation’s premier food scientists, Dr. Cheryl Mitchell) Elmhurst Milked crafts non-dairy milks that combine the nutrition of whole nuts with superior, creamy texture and full flavor. The product contains none of the industrial stabilizers, whiteners, emulsifiers or gums typical of other leading brands – it is naturally white in color due to native nut proteins and creamy as a result of healthy nut oils.”
The press release also noted that:
“The nutmilks contains up to four times as many nuts as the other leading brands and are made using only whole, raw ingredients sourced from trusted farmers (rather than the nut pastes utilized by many competitors). All of Elmhurst Milked’s products are non-GMO, gluten free, vegan, dairy free, lactose free, and kosher.”
The Elmhurst team were kind enough to send me the Milked range to sample and review. I received (and finished) all four vegan milks and was very impressed with the taste of each one.
Almond and cashew were of course the more standard options of the range, but were still tasty, creamy, and perfect in coffee, smoothies, and desserts. I did notice that the milks separate when in coffee, which I assume is a result of the lack of emulsifiers or stabilizers, but I didn’t really mind that aspect anyhow.
The hazelnut option completely took me by surprise, and I made sure to prolong it as long as possible! It was very enjoyable on its own, and made any coffee taste like a fancy latte from a cafe. It was so creamy and flavorful, making it the perfect treat solo or in beverages.
I thought the hazelnut option won the taste-test…until I opened the walnut carton. Milked Walnuts was dessert in a cup, and although I really enjoyed it on its own, it completely upped the game of my homemade vegan banana ice creams, smoothies, and desserts. While I enjoyed all four options in the range, last was definitely not least, and I cannot wait to buy Milked Walnuts when it makes its way over to Canada!
While I already loved the story behind Elmhurst Milked, I am so happy that the resulting nutmilks are of such great quality and taste. For those interested in trying the line, it is available direct-to-customer or in Publix and specialty stores.