Almond Breeze Vanilla Iced Coffee


I am a coffee lover and I am also a fan of almond milk, so when I saw they had an almond milk iced coffee out, I immediately had to purchase it. Out of the flavors available in my local grocery store, I decided to go with the vanilla.  The other flavors available are original, mocha, caramel macchiato, and vanilla.
I’ve mixed almond milk into my ice coffees and it’s not bad, but this vanilla ice coffee is delicious.  It’s a very smooth ice coffee and creamy in texture.  It really reminds me of the super sugar packed International Delight ice coffees, yet healthier.  It’s also good to cut with ice coffee at home – which is how I’ve been enjoying it recently.  I’ve been using ½ cup of almond milk ice coffee with about 2/3 cup brewed ice coffee. Since the almond milk ice coffee is creamy it blends together well.
This is not bad nutritional facts wise.  A full serving – 1 cup will run you 3 points plus values, whereas a ½ cup serving will cost you 1 points plus value.
Surprisingly my boyfriend really enjoys this ice coffee, which means this will end up being a regular item on our shopping list.  Why is this surprising?  He refuses to drink almond milk … but I admit this is a whole different twist and it doesn’t taste like almond milk.
QUESTION:
Have you tried the Almond Breeze ice coffee?

Starbucks Iced Coffee by Pepsi Co.

Whenever I think of Starbucks, I think of going into my local coffee house and ordering my coffee from a friendly barista and putting my own low fat milk into it, to make it as point friendly as I possibly can.
I know Starbucks has a line of frappes out on the market, but I can’t tell you the last time I touched one of those.  So when I spotted a new iced coffee version on the shelf, I was immediately intrigued and had to calculate the Points Plus values.  I picked up the low calorie coffee which was made with 2% milk and was lightly sweetened and decided to give it a try – after all it was only 1 points plus value for the entire bottle.
I am an avid coffee (and ice coffee) drinker, so I wanted to have something like this on hand, for on the fly, when I wanted coffee and either didn’t want to go out to buy one or just simply didn’t want to make one.  After giving this a try (even straight out of the bottle – chilled) I have to say this is a pretty home run hit for Starbucks/Pepsi Co (who manufacturers it).  The coffee tastes like a coffee I would order out.  The only thing I think that could make this better would be to open it up and pour it over a nice tall glass of ice.  Perfectly refreshing with that nice true caffeine taste.
QUESTION:
Have you tried the new Starbucks to-go iced coffees?