So I ordered a box of 12 Soylent Original to try out since I’ve heard so much about it and was itching to give it a shot. It arrived today!
First off, I love the packaging and branding. The whole aesthetic is super modern and “Ikea-esque” which appeals to me. I’m the kind of person who tries to make things as simple as they can be, and that seems to be the trend with this product. From what I’ve heard of the whole Soylent “project”, the aim is to break food down into its most basic form and deliver it to your body as efficiently as possible.
Although I do often enjoy cooking nice meals and displaying them all fancy, sometimes I’m just in the mood to get my sustenance and move on with my day. This seems like the perfect solution for those times.
My initial thought when I took my first sip was “hmmm, this reminds me of something… that’s it! Cereal milk!” You know, milk after it’s had cereal soaking in it for an hour or so? But not like a sugary cereal, more like shreddies. Shreddies milk is what it tastes like. Not “good” but not bad either, just like a neutral taste that you can get used to.
The texture was exactly what I was expecting; thick like a milkshake and a bit chalky. I’m a fan of that texture because it makes it feel more substantial and filling, and I think it it were more watery it would feel like gross water.
I made a quick video of my reaction to drinking the stuff. You can check that out here.
I’ve heard that you can live off of just drinking Soylent. Now that’s an interesting idea. It’s got all the vitamins and nutrients that your body needs, the only thing missing is the flair of gourmet cooking and any discernible taste. I could picture it being a good “emergency food” solution for extreme situations, especially since they also sell it in powdered form. Astronaut food. The powdered form would also cut down on the cost (about $3/bottle) and amount of packaging needed.
Their products are also 100% vegan and seems to be committed to solving world hunger, which I like.
I’m feeling pretty neutral yet satisfied about Soylent. It’s not something I’m going to go out of my way to keep in stock (they have a subscription available on their website), but I may invest in the powder to mix up my own at work when I’m feeling hungry and lazy. I may try the nectar and cacao flavours as well.
I still love the concept and the branding. For what it is, I think they’ve done a perfect job at presenting and promoting it. They also seem like a very innovative and forward-thinking company (they even post “release notes” for revised versions of the recipe), so I look forward to seeing what other ideas they come up with.
I definitely recommend ordering some if you’re curious, just don’t expect to be blown away by the taste. Now that I think of it, it might be a good thing that it isn’t the tastiest drink, because with all the nutrients they’ve packed into it, you wouldn’t want to drink too many of these at once.
If you’ve tried Soylent, I’d like to know what you think! Let me know in the comments down below 🙂
Note: This review was not sponsored by Soylent (I wish).