If you've ever ordered or prepared a creamy milkshake made with vanilla ice cream and ice cold milk, then you'll know what Organic Valley Vanilla Lowfat Milk tastes like. When I first tried it, I was thought "Wow this tastes exactly like a melted vanilla milkshake ... who could ask for more"?! Unfortunately, about half way through drinking this, my thoughts changed to "I feel sick and must throw this away"
I am not really a big fan of flavored milks, because most of them are just sweetened with a little bit of flavoring added and Organic Valley Vanilla is no exception. If you have a serious sweet tooth, then you MAY like this product, but I surely will not be buying it again (and I certainly have a sweet tooth).
If you compare the nutrition facts of Organic Valley Vanilla Lowfat Milk to a milkshake, then it would receive five stars - and it's nutrition facts are similar to other 'flavored' milks. Each shelf-stable 8 ounce serving has 150 calories, 2.5 grams of total fat (4% of the RDA), 1.5 grams of saturated fat (8% of the RDA), 120 mg of sodium (5% of the RDA), 2 grams of fiber (8% of the RDA), 23 grams of sugar and 8 grams of protein. Furthermore, this organic milk contains 10% of the RDA for Vitamin A, 30% for Calcium and 25% for Vitamin D. The ingredient list is short and very sweet: Organic Grade A Lowfat Milk, Organic Unrefined Cane Sugar, Organic Vanilla Flavor, Organic Inulin, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D3.
My favorite part of Organic Valley's website is their coupon page. I paid only $0.34 after a $1 off coupon for a single-serving size of Organic Valley Vanilla Lowfat Milk. Unfortunately, this is just too sweet for me. I love a milkshake as much as the next guy, but I do not enjoy a whole container of "melted sweetness" that is supposed to be milk. While the vanilla flavor isn't the greatest, I have tried other Organic Valley products that are wonderful, like the Chocolate Lowfat Milk (but that's for another review). But like I said, when you're looking to cut calories, flavored milks should not even be on your radar.