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I had heard of this fabled Happy Planet Matcha Smoothie but about a week ago was the first time I ever ran across it. All my friends who’re into the “trendy” health food scene (if that’s even what one would call it) have always told me that I NEED to try this if “I’m into tea”.

I’ve always been on the fence about whether their recommendation had weight to it. I mean, I trust their tastes in food and I actually really like Happy Planet quite a bit as a company, and their products usually don’t disappoint. It’s just that people who aren’t as into tea as Steepster Folk seem to mistake all matcha/matcha infused product as equally good and exciting – and it doesn’t really work like that. Just ‘cause it has matcha in it doesn’t always mean it’ll taste good or that it’s good quality matcha.

My verdict with this one? Certainly not bad, and 100% drinkable but too sweet for my tastes overall. I mean, it IS essentially just matcha milk with cane sugar, and it’s SO easy to make your own matcha milk with better quality matcha that I don’t see why I’d go out of my way again to buy this particular one – especially since I would prefer to be drinking matcha milk without this level of cane sugar. Other than the general sweetness, I don’t think there’s anything inherently unpleasant about it though!

It does weird me out a touch that there’s sunflower oil in the ingredients though. Why is that necessary!?

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drank Vanilla Chai by Happy Planet
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So normally I’m a fan of just about everything that Happy Planet creates; I love them as a brand and really enjoy their food/drink…

But this is gross. It’s honestly probably the most bland/watery “Chai” I’ve EVER had to date. Premade or otherwise. I’ve been working on finishing off a bottle of it for three days now ‘cause I can’t bring myself to toss it it’s so damn expensive. It’s been a battle, though.


I’ll consider myself warned – it was on sale at the local health food store and I was sort of eyeing it.

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I buy this smoothie whenever it goes on sale at my local IGA. I’m not too sure about how healthy it is (looking at you, sugar, oil, and carrageenan!), but it really is delicious! The matcha flavour comes through really nicely, and the slight sweetness does help boost the flavour. I drink about a third of the bottle with my lunch or during breakfast, and helps to fill out those last hungry holes in my stomach. :) Yummy treat!

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