The Good, the Bad, and the Beany (soymilk reviews)

Having just moved to Colorado from NJ, I have been reviewing a lot of new products as I investigate the brands that are available in my new locale.  I have always had mixed feelings about doing product reviews when the product doesn’t really impress me. I’m not the type of blogger who will “woohooo” with eighteen exclamation marks over something that’s just….okay. In those instances, I tend to not say anything publicly, because maybe it’s just my taste and somebody else might really like it.

However….

When a product is so bad that I figure I could potentially save someone else from it – I’m speaking up! (According to my husband, I should, because it’s refreshing for readers, and shows that I don’t just give everyone glowing reviews as a default).

And so with that preceding disclaimer and an apology to the manufacturer who may flame me very shortly – the award for Worst Tasting Soymilk I’ve Ever Had goes to So Nice Unsweetened Soy Milk, which I purchased myself at a local grocery. It’s bitter. It’s beany. I couldn’t even use it in smoothies or coffee because it’s bitterness was so strong that it ruined both. I detest wasting money or food, but down the drain it went.

For comparison I’d like to point out my usual soymilk favorite is Silk Unsweetened, which is creamier, less bitter and not beany at all. I’ve also had the pleasure of discovering that Walmart’s own brand of soymilk is very good. Called Great Value, it is less expensive than Silk, and the original is low in sugar but not unsweetened. It also is not organic, so if that matters to you you may choose to spend the 30 cents or whatever more to get the Organic Unweetened Silk.  I find both Silk and the Great Value soymilks likeable, and am happy to buy either. Here are the Nutrition Facts for each, you’ll see the Great Value has a bit more sugar and calories, but they are pretty comparable:

But So Nice….isn’t very nice at all, and I definitely won’t buy again. FYI: No, the soymilk was NOT 6 weeks old (if you read the date on the carton), I just wrote this post a few weeks back and never posted it.) :)

*Please don’t confuse this product with the So Delicious brand of non-dairy ice creams, yogurts, and ice cream sandwiches. Those really ARE quite delicious!*

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  • Monica December 8, 2010, 10:35 am

    Hi Georgie, I am very glad to hear a negative review about soymilk – not because I enjoy negativity or anything, but I have thought about trying a different/unsweetened soymilk (I drink Silk Organic Vanilla, which is sweetened) and I am very nervous about it being gross and ruining my taste for unsweetened soymilk forever!

    Just wondering, what’s your opinion on the sweetened varieties, like the Silk Organic Vanilla? I don’t like the taste of milk, which is what started me using soymilk, but now I primarily use my vanilla soymilk for homemade lattes (a 1:1 ratio of coffee:soymilk, either 6 or 8 ounces of each, once per day) and the occasional bowl of cereal (once a week, tops). I don’t add any more sugar to my “lattes,” the soymilk is sweet enough for me. Is there any reason, given my uses for it, that I shouldn’t use it? If I were to switch to unsweetened for my lattes I would certainly have to add sugar, so I figure it cancels out, but it would be nice to hear your expert opinion!

  • admin December 8, 2010, 5:53 pm

    Hey Monica :)
    No I don’t see any reason to swap the unsweetened for the vanilla. I use the unsweetened because I mostly put it in coffee and I use Equal to sweeten my coffee. So I don’t really need the milk sweet too. If your intake of it is moderate (which your description is) the difference between unsweetened and vanilla shouldn’t be a big enough difference to have any health or weight impact. (If you do try unsweetened, try Silk. If you don’t like it, you could use it up for baking.)
    Thanks for the comment!

  • Chuck December 9, 2010, 12:10 am

    I don’t do any soy milk at all, however, I really like almond milk! On it’s own its ok, but the creaminess is great in a shake!

  • Nicole, RD December 9, 2010, 9:33 am

    Hilarious! I’d be interested to know if the company flames you. When I posted an unfavorable review of Skinny Girl Cocktails they were ALL over me, threatening me with law suits. That’s the one reason I don’t do product reviews — people are SCARY! :) But, I really do appreciate the honest review, as do others, I’m sure!

  • admin December 9, 2010, 12:00 pm

    I know, I remember – and I totally agreed with you that the Skinny Girl margarita mix is a sham. They can threaten away. Post stays.

    Georgie

  • Domachie December 10, 2010, 7:33 am

    Hi Georgie!

    Personally, I enjoy So Nice as my favorite soy milk ever -and I tasted Silk too. However, I do most of the time drink the Original kind, which is sweetened a little. It’s funny, because the fact that it’s not beany is one of the main reason I like it, and you wrote it was XD I guess it’s all about taste again!

    However, it sometimes happened I bought some So Nice that was tasting really bad (unlike others that were awesome, and as I always buy it I tasted quite a few new bottles!). Of course the ratio isn’t big (it’s like one that tasted bad over 30-40 that tasted awesome). At the beginning I thought it was the place where I bought it that was not refrigerating correctly the milk section, but then I had doubts because when it happened again, the So Nice was from another grocery store. Maybe there are some bunches that taste more beany than others, I don’t know.

    That’s it, I just wanted to defend my favorite brand of Soy Milk a bit :) As I am Canadian and it’s Canadian, it also means I can buy local, but the main reason for me is always taste.

  • Ethan August 4, 2012, 10:32 am

    Does the Wal-Mart brand have GMOs?

  • admin August 7, 2012, 7:34 pm

    I do not know for sure Ethan, you could contact them directly to ask.

  • Ruth August 29, 2012, 9:03 pm

    Hi,

    I happen to like So Nice Soy milk. I usually drink Silk Almond milk but had to purchase So Nice Soy Milk for my granddaughter who is allergic to cows milk. After tasting the unsweetened So Nice Soy milk I have swiched. I happen to think it tastes great. I drink it from a glass and use it on my cereal. Different taste buds I guess.

  • carmen carpi January 19, 2013, 12:35 pm

    Well, I desagree with you, Georgie. I LOVE So Nice Soy milk, and the fact that is produced in Canada, makes me like it even better.

  • Nancy February 20, 2013, 5:08 pm

    I also have to disagree, I love the unsweetened so nice, and it froths great. I guess everyones taste differs. Its Canadian and non GMO, unlike Silk.

  • Paige January 8, 2014, 8:15 pm

    I realize that this post is now 3 years old but the info regarding health never stops and continues to be relevant. I was happy to find a version of So Nice at my local market that is just organic soybeans and filtered water – for me – closest to the real thing. I happen to like the taste of soy milk and the less additives the better. My first choice is Edensoy Original but it’s heartening to know there’s a second choice available.

    I love soy milk for the health benefits, the taste, the versatility in cooking and the convenience that commercial organic brands offer.

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