Dairy free milk – Rice Dream, a great alternative

rice dream milk

What if there was a really good alternative to cow’s milk to use in your daily cuppa, a dairy free milk?

That is what Rice Dream set out to convince me when they sent along a couple of cartons recently to try at home and report back my findings.

I must admit, I was sceptical at first, after all I am a great lover of a good builder’s brew and I like my tea just so, like many other tea drinkers I know.

I like to add my milk to the cup first with the teabag and then I add the hot water. I have the amount of milk used down to a T (see what I did there) and after letting the tea bag brew a bit I squeeze it, lift it out and my cuppa is ready to be enjoyed.

Every day starts and ends with a mug of tea and is broken regularly throughout as tea is my fuel and I have no intention of changing that.

Dairy free milk

Rice dream milk

However, milk is another matter.

Once upon a time I used full fat milk, then I switched to semi skimmed. I have also had tea with skimmed milk and not noticed the difference so how different could rice milk be?

  • Rice Dream is the original rice drink – first introduced more than 30 years ago.
  • Rice milk is allergy free: free from dairy, lactose, soy, gluten, wheat and nut. Rice milk offers a great taste alternative for those unable to tolerate dairy products or other milk alternatives.
  • It has no added sugars and contains only naturally occurring sugars from the rice fermentation.

Rice Dream milk comes in a carton and keeps in the fridge, it has a screw tap and is white in colour. It has no strong smell and retains all familiar features of milk. It has a subtle milk like taste, if anything I would say a tiny bit sweeter.

Using Rice Dream milk in tea

The first thing I noticed was Rice Dream is thinner than semi skimmed milk and could be likened to skimmed milk for consistency. I tried making my tea in the normal way by adding the milk to the cup with the tea bag and I found I had to add a lot more Rice Dream in order to obtain the colour of tea I like.

I did notice a different taste and it is a taste that I could easily get used to. It didn’t ‘ruin’ my tea but like when I stopped adding sugar, it took a while to get used to it, I think it would be similar changing to Rice Dream.

I am impressed and I like the idea of making a healthy change to my diet by using Rice Dream, in fact I’m going to try it on my porridge now and see how I get on with that.

Want to try Rice Dream?

Rice Dream are launching an on-shelf ‘try me for free’ campaign, inviting shoppers to discover the great taste of rice milk. The promotion will only be available on 120,000 packs and allows shoppers to get their money back if they don’t enjoy the taste of Rice Dream. 

Rice Dream is RRP: £1.50 from Tesco and Asda 

The Dream range includes a variety of plant-based drinks and ice cream, including oat, almond, coconut and cashew based milk alternatives.  Perfect to use in recipes or to be enjoyed in tea and coffee, just like you would enjoy dairy milk.

Disclosure: This post is written in collaboration with Rice Dream, all opinions are my own.


1 Comment

  1. January 3, 2017 / 3:35 PM

    I haven’t tried Rice Dream, though have tried other dairy free milks. I know what you mean about it not managing to change the colour of the tea just right! That’s actually one of my biggest bug bears.

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