Dollarama Drinks

So, after the Toronto Food Truck Festival, me and Chris decided to hit up the Dollarama near the station. She wanted to check for something and I wanted to grab some gum. But, once we got inside, we were immediately drawn to the food aisle.

There’s some pretty reputable things to eat in Dollarama, like Primo brand canned soups and sauces, some pretty decent pastas, Uncle Ben’s rice side dishes, Mr. Big chocolate bars, Excel gum and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. It wouldn’t be too far from the truth to say that you could make a decent meal out of Dollarama food.

But, there’s some stuff like instant coffee and single serve drinks that just look strange…

Dollarama Drinks

Don’t they look scrumptious? Chris and I really wanted to do a blogger swap, but we figured that this would be a good adventure for now instead!

We chose these drinks because we wanted to try something that didn’t involve a lot of cooking and that was somewhat familiar to us. I don’t mind some 3-in-1 instant coffee drinks, especially the ones from Malaysia, and we were really curious to see how a rice smoothie would taste!

4 Care Balance Rice Smoothie

4Care’s Balance Rice Smoothie in Chocolate Flavour and Vanilla Flavour

I swiped the vanilla flavoured one since Chris wanted the chocolate one. The ingredient list is pretty intimidating since three out of eleven ingredients are thickeners and calcium carbonate is there for stabilization and acidity regulation.

… Means it keeps it from going funky and the acid levels at the same place over time. Sorry, the science is sticking out.

4 Care Balance Rice Smoothie


Assuming that the information is actually right, the nutritionals aren’t too bad in a single box! There’s one good thing out of this.

But, the taste itself is so overly sweet! I don’t mind the flavour much since it actually tastes somewhat like vanilla with a nice nutty tone to the whole profile, but the drink’s thickness really kept the sweetness on my palate!

The chocolate was even worse compared to the vanilla because it felt like they added more sugar to try and mask the bitter cocoa flavours. Plus, the chocolate version was even thicker! Chris could barely get it through her straw!

Verdict: 2/5 – It’s quite cheap at $1 for two small boxes, but there’s better stuff out there for $1, even in the Dollarama.

Insta-Coffee Mocha

Dollarama’s Insta-Coffee in Mocha

I really shouldn’t have been so surprised at the really complicated ingredient deck, but I was! The thing takes up a whole section clear down the cup!

It should’ve been a clear sign of what’s inside…

Insta-Coffee MochaI do like how they included a disposable cup in the packaging so it can be used in some sort of long term coffee emergency on the road. There’s even some handy lines on the side of the cup to show you how far to fill the cup with hot water!

Too bad that’s about the ONLY thing I like about this drink.

Insta-Coffee MochaIt looks alright, but it tastes like an ashtray that’s been sprayed with a cheap chocolate room freshener. I don’t like throwing out food, but I had to throw this one out after I took a few sips.

Verdict: 0.5/5 – Don’t drink this unless it’s an absolute emergency. But, with so many coffee places around, who would need to keep one “just in case”?

I have no idea what to expect for our next blogger swap…







August Insanity!

We’re well into the middle of summer now and August is turning out to be IN-SANE!

I’m so sorry for not posting as often as I’d like, but it’s been hard keeping my energy levels up after work since we just moved offices and we have some new employees in sales.

I’m not part of that team, but they come to me for more information about our product, so I’ve been running around trying to get production finished, updating the new guys on our product, while having to get ready for my parents leaving for a 2-week stay in Vancouver! Not to mention, I still want to see my friends and the monsieur!

AND, my 27th birthday is coming up on the 25th! Woooo!

That’s just my long-winded explanation for saying that I haven’t gotten around to doing my blog posts, but they ARE coming! In the next couple weeks, I’ll have these posts up:

If you have any other suggestions, let me know!