Plant-based milks have taken the market by storm and as more and more companies add them to their menus, it looks as though they’re here to stay. One such company, Starbucks, recently added coconut milk to their offerings, in addition to the soy milk they already offered, in an effort to give people a dairy-free option, as well as a soy-free one.
Now, it appears they’re doing it again in the form of their limited edition Almond Milk Frappuccino with Honey Crunch and the Almond Milk Latte with Honey Crunch. Available only from mid-March through mid-April, the company is delving into the ever popular almond milk territory, something they avoided due to allergen concerns when they went with a worldwide release of coconut milk as their soy alternative milk.
Three plant-based milk options. It really is a brave new world.
Considering that almond milk is far and away the most popular of plant-based milks, the company expects the product to be a huge performer, with sell-outs occurring daily during its month-long run. Demand for the nutty beverage in the U.S. not only topped $700 million in sales for 2014, it saw an increase of over 25 percent in European markets as well. So, the anticipated success is kind of a no-brainer. With its mild flavor and ability to seamlessly replace dairy in any recipe, its appeal is pretty obvious.
So much yum.
Anxious to give this bad boy a try? You’ll have to be in a pretty specific location as the coffee giant is only running these drinks in Japan. Since Japan is their second largest market, positive sales for the product could carry implications for the global market too. While these specific drink combinations are not vegan-friendly (due to honey crunch and questionable whipped cream), the idea of having a third plant-based option in almond milk is not only exciting, but an encouraging sign of the times.
For now, if you’re desperate to get your almond milk on in a coffee shop near you, Dunkin’ Donuts has been carrying the beverage since last year. You could also whip up a batch at home, throw on the sweet vocal stylings of Lady Gaga and Tony Bennet and thumb through a Wall Street Journal to get the whole experience without leaving your house. Bake some scones and maybe we’ll show up with our laptops to get a little work done. Hey, what are your hours?
Remember when there was McDowell’s in ‘Coming to America’ instead of McDonald’s? It’s kinda like that. Only at your house. See ya around 2?
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