Ripple Half & Half: A New Generation of Dairy-Free Cream

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Version:
Vanilla, Original (Unsweetened)
Price:
$3.49 per 16-ounce bottle

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Rating:
5
On October 10, 2017
Last modified:October 17, 2017

Summary:

This dairy-free alternative works like a dream as a creamer and in place of half & half in recipes. It has a very rich mouth-feel that adds body to everything it touches - from coffee and tea to breads and sauces. As expected, the Vanilla is lightly sweet, but not overly so. The Original is savory, but has a uniquely pleasant flavor that doesn't seem to overwhelm in recipes. Like with most substitutes, I suspect their will be some polar opinions about this product, but I'm firmly on the "love" side.

I spotted Ripple Half & Half on a recent grocery shopping trip in the non-dairy case. And I couldn’t resist buying a bottle of each variety to review.

Tasting Notes for Ripple Half & Half

Ripple Half & Half is a creamy, top allergen-free, plant-based alternative for Half & Half. We tested this refrigerated dairy-free substitute as a creamer and in recipes.

Vanilla

I sampled some sips straight up, and found that it had very pleasant flavor. It was sweet, but not sugary, with a notable little dose of vanilla. It’s definitely richer and thicker than typical milk beverage and even than most dairy-free creamers. It has just a slight powdery finish, but this didn’t seem to be pervasive and was only detectable when sipping it straight.

I used the Vanilla Ripple Half & Half to make homemade bread, and it produced a wonderfully fluffy crumb. It also blends very well in coffee and tea with virtually no separation. It adds a light but full-bodied mouth-feel, and it isn’t the least bit watery, like so many dairy-free creamers. The flavor is mild and pleasant when used a a creamer. A tiny bit of sediment did remain at the bottom of my mug, but it was no loss just leaving it behind.

Ripple Half & Half Review - dairy-free, plant-based, vegan, and top allergen free in Plain Unsweetened and Vanilla

Original (Unsweetened)

The Original has the same wonderful richness and creamy mouth feel as the Vanilla, but it’s sugar-free and unflavored. Truthfully, I was expecting this to taste rather dreadful on its own. But I took a sip and my taste buds were intrigued! The consistency is so decadent and the flavor was surprisingly mild with an oddly addictive taste. It’s definitely savory, but something kept making me want to take more sips.

I loved the Original in tea, even though I don’t use creamers regularly. It also seems to shine in recipes. Thus far, I’ve used it to make a white sauce, and the results were delicious. It bubbled up and thickened beautifully without any separation. I think this Ripple Half & Half also begs to be used in soup.

Ripple Half & Half Review - dairy-free, plant-based, vegan, and top allergen free in Plain Unsweetened and Vanilla

The Facts on Ripple Half & Half

Certifications: Ripple Half & Half is labeled as gluten-free and vegan, but I did not note certifications for these. Ripple is a Certified B Corporation and according to their website, all ripple products are Certified Non-GMO.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Ripple Half & Half is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, 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 or product.

For More Product Information: Visit the Ripple website at www.ripplefoods.com.

Ripple Half & Half Review - dairy-free, plant-based, vegan, and top allergen free in Plain Unsweetened and Vanilla

Where to Buy Ripple Half & Half

Availability in Stores: Currently, Ripple Half & Half is only available in the U.S., but they are working on Canadian distribution. Their milk beverages are already in Canada. I purchased the Half & Half at Target and also saw it at Whole Foods. You can find a store locator on www.ripplefoods.com, which lets you search for stores by product in the U.S. and Canada. In store, look for it in the refrigerated case next to the dairy-free creamers or milk beverages.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

29 Comments

  1. I wanted to try the Ripple half and half, but my local stores only had the big bottles of Ripple milk. I got a bottle of unsweetened original to try. Unfortunately, I can really taste the algal oil. It’s a fishy/seaweedy taste that lingers. Pretty gross in my beverage. 🙁 Maybe in the sweetened versions it’s not noticeable. Now I have to figure out what to do with the rest of the bottle. I’ll try adding sugar and cocoa and vanilla and use it to make chia seed pudding.

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  3. I really enjoy Ripple creamer & so glad to see more varieties of dairy-free coming to traditional grocery stores. I’ve used it in my coffee but sometimes I use it in recipes in place of a cream or if I’m looking for a richer texture. Great stuff.

  4. Ok I have to giggle because I did the same thing and my husband walked in the kitchen! I’m loving it for baking and I’ve been using to make scones for our Scone Sundays! I instantly started thinking about all the holiday recipes that call for half and half that I can’t wait to try with it and it not changing the flavor or consistency.

  5. Interesting! Such a detailed, review, thanks so much. I never used half and half in my coffee but almond milk is pretty watery so I’d love to try this! I’ve seen their milk in my local grocery store but not this product yet..will watch for it!

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