Feedback on Nectar + Cacao

“Original” 2.0, tastes really good to me, even better with a tea spoon of instant coffee shaken in. Coffiest is wonderful, even better than I’ve ever been able to make any Soylent taste by adding coffee and/or chocolate. I would drink it for every meal if it weren’t for the caffeine.

So I was assuming the two new flavors would follow suit, and be two more variants I could add to my diet. Cacoa is passable, I could drink it without too much complaint, but it’s not a good chocolate flavor. It tastes very artificial, and is sweeter than I would prefer. Nectar on the other hand is just awful. It tastes like a bottle of chemicals. When I saw the Fruity Pebbles comparisons I though, “unexpected for something called nectar, but I liked Fruity Pebbles as a kid.” Yeah, it definitely has a hint of that, but somehow worse. Of course if I think Cacoa is sweet, this is cloyingly so.

I’ll be forcing down the Nectar as quickly as I can to be rid of it. Once the Cacoa is gone I won’t order more. At least this little experiment has show that I don’t need to pay extra for fancy flavors (other than my morning Coffiest).

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My family (four of us) sampled Cacao this evening. Two of us liked it and two of us hated it. The thing is, we’re all chocolate lovers and like every chocolate soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, etc. we’ve ever had. So it’s not too hard to make a chocolate drink that pleases us. Therefore, even though I’m one of the two that liked it, I have to say that Soylent missed the mark on this flavor. It comes out better when I make chocolate Soylent from scratch, using calorie-free chocolate syrup.

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Tried both:

Cacao I love. Drank it up real quick.

Nectar… I think I got food poison from it. I only drank a tad, and I wanted to throw up, and felt sick for most of the day. Whatever they put into it, it’s way too sweet.

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Whoever described Cacao as cold hot chocolate was spot on (as an old boyscout I’ve had more than my fair share of cold hot chocolate and it’s so true to form it carries a little nostalgia for me). I ordered a good bit after hearing about such a flavor and so far I haven’t been disappointed a bit. Cacao is absolutely my new go to for breakfast.

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After having my first Cacao as a breakfast, I skipped having one the next day altogether. I had one last night as my last meal and it was much more delicious. Dessert like.

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I like Cacoa. Its very dessert like. To me it tastes like a mix of Yoohoo and Cocoa Puffs, maybe with a little Muscle Milk taste, but its minimal.

I cant stand the Nectar. The first sip was "oh it tastes like fruity pebbles/ fruitloops. Then the second sip tasted like lemon aspartame, then I felt like I was drinking some sort of lemon soap. I highly doubt I will be able to stomach the rest of the box, I wish there had been a sample set. I had high hopes. I feel like “Nectar” was the name for something they didnt want to call something specific since it either could, or could not taste good.

To me the nectar tastes like mango with a hint of citrus to me. I liked it and will keep some on hand to add some variety.
The cacao was rich… very rich. I agree with the cold hot chocolate others have mentioned. I will keep this one on hand too.

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Adding my own reviews to the mix.

Cacao:

The Cacao really surprised me. I am one of the rare people who doesn’t care for chocolate, and I wasn’t planning to order any Cacao at all. But a box was mistakenly sent to me in place of one of the Original boxes I ordered, and I decided to give it a try. I’m really glad I did!

I completely agree with the assessment that Cacao tastes like chilled hot chocolate. It tastes exactly like Swiss Miss hot chocolate mix to me, which is the one of the few chocolate products I more or less enjoy. Whatever the flavor is in chocolate that I usually don’t like, it isn’t present here. Also, I was pleased to find that while the Cacao is pretty sweet – almost sweet enough to be cloying but just within the bounds of what’s still good – I don’t detect any significant artificial sweetener aftertaste. A total win.

Still, my initial assessment was that although Cacao is unexpectedly enjoyable, it’s not close enough to my tastes that I would spend the extra money to buy it regularly when I find Soylent drink to taste just fine plain or with my own flavorings. But after a couple bottles, I actually find myself craving Cacao a bit and am considering putting it in regular rotation.

FWIW, my girlfriend – who does like chocolate, and is generally unwilling to drink Soylent – says it has a “fake chocolate” flavor and reminds her of powdery or chalky chocolate protein supplements. It sounds like some people here concur. Whatever “fake chocolate” flavor is, though, I like it better than normal chocolate flavor.

Nectar:

Nectar I’m not so crazy about, or at least I wasn’t at first. I agree with the folks (basically everyone?) who compare it to fruity cereal milk; I would say it reminds me slightly more of fruit loops than fruity pebbles. But lemon-ier, to the point of just slightly conjuring pledge. That would be ok, but what I don’t like is that it’s just too sweet and too intense for my taste. The comparison someone made to yellow and orange starbursts also seems apt; straight-up, I’d say it tastes like a cross between liquified yellow+orange starbursts and fruit loop soy milk. I also find the nose very floral and perfumey, and overwhelmingly so if you drink it out of an open vessel like a glass (which I normally don’t). Surprisingly, despite the super-sweetness, I again don’t taste any significant artificial sweetener aftertaste with this.

If I mix the Nectar 50/50 with the original, I find the resulting combination more pleasant. This brings the sweetness and fruitiness down to a manageable intensity, so it tastes less like starbursts and more fully like a lemonier/kinda floral version of fruit loop soy milk. Highly drinkable, but not my fav.

Similarly to the Cacao, my initial decision was that the Nectar was ok, if less good than the Cacao, but I don’t see it as something I’d prefer to plain or self-flavored, and I didn’t think I’d be buying more. Yet I find that it’s growing on me. There’s something categorically different about Nectar from other Soylent flavorings that keeps drawing me back to it. So maybe I’ll grow to like it enough that I keep a little around? We will see.

Plz plz, banana or cake batter next, plz! From experimenting with protein powders and Lor-Ann oils, I have found those to be the best matches for the drink’s natural flavor profile to date. Or better yet, a savory flavor! :grinning:

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I don’t know how long you’ve been drinking Soylent, but the original 1.0 tasted very much like cake batter. I used to blend frozen blue berries into it, and it tasted just like blue berry cake mix. Would like to try something along those lines, but it’d probably be made too sweet like these two new flavors and the Bars.

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My description of Cacao would be that it tastes like “tootsie roll with chemicals”.

Cacao - tastes ok in a fake chocolate kinda way. Daughter gave big thumbs up when she first started drinking then that after taste hit and she made a blech face and big thumbs down.

Nectar - I get the Froot Loops at first but then it tastes like it smells - everyone is right it’s Lemon Pledge. Daughter gave huge thumbs down from the start and was wretching a little. She like she Original.

I honestly wonder how this stuff gets released. I know some people like it. But no one could taste test this and think it’s a slam dunk winner. I think they taste so much they get used to it or something. We know from adding our own milk and water flavorings that it’s easy to make amazing flavors. Are they just trying to keep it cheap so can’t add the full ingredient list in a Stur, Mio or similar? I need this company to succeed for centuries to come!

And now I’m realizing how much money I just threw away on these. Le sigh. Think I can get a refund since it’s so disgusting?

I think that the point is that flavoring is a fairly cheap way of getting attention and increasing sales. I don’t think it does much with regard to RF’s main mission, which has something to do with making improved nutrition available at reasonable prices.

I have been thinking more lately about the attempt to promote food as entertainment, something dear to the heart of restaurant reviewers and food columnists everywhere. It is no wonder that they tend to criticise Soylent, which is just not an all-singing, all-dancing food.

Encouraging consumers to flavor their own Soylent was very much in the spirit of the real nature of Soylent, it seems to me. Asking consumers to passively sit back and enjoy flavors created by RF endorses food as entertainment.

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I’ve tried both Nectar and Cacao. They’re both delicious, and I really enjoy being able to have an ready-to-eat Soylent that I don’t have to futz around with flavoring when I’m hungry.

One issue I’ve been having is that the Cacao seems to solidify in the fridge much more easily than anything else. Even setting the temperature higher in the fridge, my Cacao bottles have turned from liquid to a ice-cream like texture, and end up needing to be thawed at room temperature. The Nectar bottles (literally right next to the Cacao bottles) don’t seem to be having this issue, nor does anything else liquid in my fridge.

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I like Cacao, reminds me of Bailey’s without the booziness. And my wife, who detests regular Soylent, actually likes Cacao and agrees with me on the flavor profile. Not 100% sure how I’m rotating it in yet but I’m sold on Cacao.

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I tried Cacao last night and I liked it. I finished one bottle and immediately drank a second one. It’s a bit sweeter than I was expecting (I prefer dark chocolate to milk chocolate). I’m not sure it I’ll buy more because of the price. I think I’ll just experiment with adding to Original 2.0 to get a chocolate taste. (I bring 2.0 to work in a Thermos so adding something to it would be easy)
Someone above mentioned that Coffiest tasted more like mocha and dark chocolate than coffee so maybe I’ll give that a try next month.

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Like Cocao, it’s sweet in a chocolatey way I like. Nectar is sweet in a candy-ish way I don’t like. I’ll finish my shipment of Nectar but won’t order any more.

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Cacao 8/10
Nectar 7/10
Coffiest 5/10
Original 2/10

So I like the new flavors a lot! I’ve been using flavor drops from capella on 2.0 but the new flavors are way better. Once you know the Nectar tastes like Fruit Loops (Fruity Pebbles) then you accept it right away.

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Just received my Order today, 1 box of Cacao, 1 of Nectar, 2 of Original.
Had a Nectar for Lunch and man, The smell is like perfume and that taste is very odd. Don’t think its like fruit loops. It’s not awful, it’s not great. Palatable, no aftertaste issues, not a fav
Just opened a Cacao and wow, the smell is epic chocolate. Taste is very Cocoa (not Cacao). loving it!

I have been having some stomach/acid issues with 2.0 last 2 batches. No issues with the Nectar or Cacao so will be looking forward to breakfast tomorrow

I love them both. Coffiest is my least favourite thus far.

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Let’s start with the Cacao, I love it! it reminds me of the Fairlife Chocolate Milk and I’ve found if served over ice, it brings out a slight coconut flavour. My wife detests the other flavors but loves Cacao, so that is being added to the subscription.

Nectar…ohh sweet nectar…it’s too sweet. Growing up in England and never experiancing Fruity Pebbles as a kid (Banned by EU for unsafe colours and flavours,) so I don’t get the nostalgia drinking it. It tastes far too sweet and far too artificial, to the point that I had to cut a bottle in half with a original. I feel like I can maybe get through the box if I only mix it or use it as smoothie bases, but I think I’d vomit if I had to drink a whole bottle on it’s own again.

I can’t wait to see what flavours come next, as I’d love to have a bunch of flavours to hand, just not nectar.

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