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.
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.
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.
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.
Where to Buy Ripple Half & Half
Price: $3.49 per 16-ounce bottle
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.
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Perfect product but no longer available anywhere!
Excellent flavor and texture. Sometimes separates when reheated in my tea. Can’t seem to find anywhere now. Apparently it’s discontinued and will be replaced with a larger size but have not been able to find it anywhere within 100 mile radius. I miss it! Nothing compares.
Love the product, but it's hard to find
Ripple half-and-half unsweetened is my go-to coffee creamer! Rich, creamy, and yummy! I also like the vanilla, but generally prefer coffee without flavor so I prefer the plain. Problem is, when I go to the tiny handful of stores that carry it near me, it’s either sold out or they’ve stopped carrying it. Not Ripple’s fault, of course, but I wish I could find it in more places because I don’t like any other creamers and will forgo coffee entirely without it.
Trying many none-dairy creamers, this is one of the best!
This is the BEST dairy free coffee creamer ever!
All other dairy free coffee creamers seem to have a sour or bitter after taste either immediately or later on when I am finishing my coffee. Many of them pool and slough to the bottom of the cup, too, creating a final chug of slug. Ripple does not do any of these things if you shake it well! It is not only great in consistency but it also tastes so smooth and creamy. It is the closest thing I have found to actual half and half. I buy 3 at a time at the grocery store in fear of them either stopping carrying it or running out, so I always have 2 back-ups in the fridge. It works well, too, because if they are unopened they last a long time. I absolutely love this product and live in fear it will disappear if not enough people know about it and buy it. It is sooooo goooood!
as good as diary half and half
I have been looking for a dairy free creamer that I could use in coffee for a few years.
Nothing was satisfied. I always used half and half, but was told to give up dairy products.
I tried ripple in my coffee and my husband on his blueberries.
FANTASTIC!! Couldn’t believe how good it was.
Keep thinking there has to be some ingredients that are unhealthy.
I’m a vegan and am used to and enjoy various plants milks. I bought this because it was on sale and it provoked my interest as I drink a cup of coffee every morning and normally just use coconut milk or cashew milk in it. This truly tastes horrible. It taste like chemicals and/or soap. I don’t really know how to describe the off flavor but I can’t drink my cup of coffee. I’m going back to what it used to do.
It is not decadent, it’s just weird. Gives me an upset stomach every time!
My coffee is happy!
I purchased the Ripple original to try in my coffee…. to get away from using products with saturated fats. I was pleasantly surprised! It’s creamy and I found the taste very similar to using regular half & half so I will continue to buy this product. I may try the vanilla flavor for some of my baking next 🙂
I LOVE dairy 1/2 & 1/2, but it does not love me. I’ve tried everything in my coffee and yuck. Saw this at Target and figured “why not”. It’s the best dairy free substitute that I’ve personally found. Have only tried the vanilla so far. Great in hot drip. Great poured into my Starbucks triple shot on ice. My tummy is so happy!!