Updated in 2022! All varieties of Cool Whip have long contained sodium caseinate, or milk protein, making them off limits for those who are allergic to casein or who choose to live dairy-free. However, several varieties, including the Original version, were lactose-free, and used by many people who are lactose intolerant.
Unfortunately for those individuals, Kraft Foods announced an ingredient change for the Original Cool Whip in 2010, “Kraft Foods would like you to know that it recently changed the recipe for the Original variety of Cool Whip whipped topping so that it now contains additional milk ingredients, including cream.” This meant that the new version would contain some lactose.
Lactose-Free Whipped Topping Options
Although the Original and Extra Creamy varieties of Cool Whip now contain cream, the Lite version of Cool Whip is still lactose-free, but not dairy-free. And various store brands of “non-dairy” whipped topping are still lactose-free, but not all are dairy-free.
Products with a very small amount of caseinate may be labeled as non-dairy, but they aren’t actually dairy-free. See the following post for a full explanation: Non Dairy vs Dairy Free: Why One May Contain Milk.
Dairy-Free Cool Whip Alternatives
All dairy-free whipped toppings are naturally lactose-free. Here are a few brands that are sold in tubs, and attempt to mimic Cool Whip.
- So Delicious CocoWhip – This was the original dairy-free “Cool Whip.” It’s light, fluffy, airy, and works seamlessly in recipes. It does have a light coconut hint to the flavor, but many people don’t notice it.
- TruWhip Vegan Whipped Topping – Be careful, TruWhip does make whipped toppings that contain dairy. But their vegan version is dairy-free and coconut-free. However, it does contain soy protein.
- 365 Plant-Based Whipped Topping – This is Whole Food’s store brand. We believe this is TruWhip packaged under their label, because the ingredients appear to be the same. It’s labeled as “non-dairy” but is in fact dairy-free by ingredients.
- Forager Project Dairy-Free Whipped Cream – This brand is soy-free, but they do use coconut oil, like So Delicious. It’s reportedly heavier than most, and more like a dense heavy cream than a fluffy whip.