Rebel Kitchen’s Mylk
$3 for an 11-ounce carton; Whole Foods and other markets; rebel-kitchenusa.com
Our taste-testers were immediate fans of Rebel Kitchen’s dairy-, chemical- and emulsifier-free “mylk” in chocolate and chai. Both flavors were rich, refreshing and tasty. Both contain organic coconut milk, filtered water and date nectar as a sweetener. The chocolate flavor adds organic cacao. Chai goes further, adding turmeric and cardamom to cacao. A coffee flavor should join the lineup soon.
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Mr. Q Cumber Sparkling Cucumber
$1.49 for a 7-ounce bottle; Nugget and other retailers; www.mrqcumber.com
Light with a fresh and clean flavor, this petit-bottle soda is a not-too-sweet way to cool down on a hot summer day. Try it alone or as a mixer for gin or vodka.
Brewla Specialty Brewed Bars
$5-$6 for a box of five; local supermarkets; www.brewlabars.com
Brewla’s frozen bars aren’t too sweet, drippy or loaded with preservatives. We liked the icy texture, unique flavors and healthy ingredients. They contain no caffeine, 50 or fewer calories (the sweetener is cane sugar) and are kosher. Four are made with craft-brewed teas. Two others are essentially frozen root beer and coffee.
Jamba Juice Chili Mango Smoothie
$5.59 for 16 ounces; various locations; www.jambajuice.com
This new spicy take on a classic smoothie will put a kick in your springtime sipping and give you a taste of the tropics with its mix of mango, pineapple and passion fruit plus lime and chili. Made with real whole fruit and sherbet.
Estelle’s Patisserie Smore Sandwich Cookie
$8 for three; Estelle’s Patisserie (901 K St., Sacramento); www.estellespatisserie.com
Made with simple ingredients, including whole wheat flour and brown sugar, these rich cookies dipped in chocolate are the next best thing to being at the campfire. A touch of cinnamon takes them from yummy to gourmet.
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