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!?