Did you know that non-dairy whipped toppings can contain milk protein (casein), and most do? It’s been a long time coming, but So Delicious has finally released a truly dairy-free whipped topping called CocoWhip!
In fact, they went above and beyond with CocoWhip, using all-natural and mostly organic ingredients; producing it free of the top allergens (yes, it’s soy-free, too!); shunning carrageenan; getting it certified gluten-free, vegan, and kosher parve; and releasing it in two varieties: Original and Light! As a preview (they should be in stores soon!), We received a package of each CocoWhip variety, and doled out samples to get opinions on this new dairy-free whipped topping.
Original CocoWhip Dairy-Free Whipped Topping
Holy fluffiness! Aerated to near perfection, this chilled topping impressed us for its very light yet creamy consistency. The flavor of CocoWhip is delicious, but definitely quite sweet and indulgent. I had to ask another if Cool Whip is that sweet, and they confirmed that the two are similar. Though I didn’t see vanilla in the ingredients, CocoWhip did strike us as slightly vanilla, and didn’t seem to shout coconut.
We didn’t get the chance to test CocoWhip in some of those Kraft-style recipes, like cream pies (I’ll have to buy some later for that!), but did find that CocoWhip is great atop cooled pies (like pumpkin!) and think it would be marvelous on cake, ice cream sundaes, parfaits, in sandwich cookies, etc. The only caveat is that it didn’t perform well when dolloped atop a freshly cooked dish. Rather than melting into creamy puddles atop our warm dairy-free crepes, it almost fizzed away and dissipated. This wasn’t a deal breaker for me, since I do prefer cooled desserts, but it may be problematic if you like hot apple crisp!
Light Dairy-Free Whipped Topping
In reality, 2 tablespoons of CocoWhip Original has just 30 calories, 2 grams of fat, and 2 grams of sugar. But considering that many of us will likely indulge in more than 2 tablespoons at a time, CocoWhip Light may be a good option for some. It has 25 calories, 1 gram of fat, and 3 grams of sugar per 2 tablespoon serving. Unfortunately, the Light didn’t hold its structure like the Original. It seemed almost a bit melted and lacking structure. It’s possible that this could have resulted from the shipping, so I’m planning to purchase a tub when in stores (very soon!) to give it another trial.
Thankfully, since I’d rather consume more fat than sugar (and found the Original sweet enough!), Original CocoWhip will probably be my go-to regardless. And overall, I was impressed. CocoWhip dairy-free whipped topping is so close to Cool Whip in taste and consistency, but with far better ingredients and without a drop of dairy!
Ingredients? Please note that I’m only listing the ingredients for CocoWhip as the product isn’t yet on So Delicious’s website. Ingredients are subject to change so read before you buy! CocoWhip Ingredients: water, organic coconut oil, organic tapica syrup, organic dried cane syrup, pea protein, guar gum, organic sunflower lecithin, natural flavors, xanthan gum. The Light version has the same ingredients, but in a slightly different order (the sweeteners come before the coconut oil).
Certifications: So Delicious Dairy Free CocoWhip Topping is Certified Gluten-Free, Vegan and Kosher Parve, and Non-GMO Verified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, o Delicious Dairy Free CocoWhip Topping is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the So Delicious website at www.sodeliciousdairyfree.com.