I spotted Ripple Half & Half in the non-dairy case at Target when it first launched, and I couldn’t resist buying a bottle of each variety to try. At that time, they offered both Original and Vanilla varieties. Unfortunately, the Vanilla was discontinued. I’m updating this post with information on just the Unsweetened Original, but I’m leaving my photos up that show the Vanilla. The Original looks and performs the same as the Vanilla (so the images are still helpful), it’s just unsweetened and sans vanilla.
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.
The Original has wonderful richness and a creamy mouth feel, 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.
Ingredients: water, sunflower oil, pea protein, organic cane sugar, contains less than 1% of sea salt, sunflower lecithin, tricalcium phosphate, natural flavor, acacia gum, guar gum, gellan gum.
Nutrition (per 2 tablespoons): 35 calories, 3.5g fat, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, <1g sugars, 0g protein.*
The Facts on Ripple Half & Half
Price: $3.49 per 16-ounce bottle
Availability in Stores: Ripple Half & Half is available in mainstream and natural food grocers in the U.S., like Target, Whole Foods, and Sprouts. Look for it in the refrigerated case next to the dairy-free creamers or milk beverages. You can also order it online direct from the company’s website below.
Certifications: Ripple Half & Half is 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, keto-friendly, and vegetarian.
For More Product Information: Visit the Ripple website at www.ripplefoods.com.
*Always read the ingredient and nutrition statement prior to consumption. Ingredients, processes, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product. Contact the company to discuss their manufacturing processes if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. No food product can be guaranteed “safe” for every individual’s needs. You should never rely on ingredient and allergen statements alone if dealing with a severe food allergy.
hands down - the best
I have tried a lot of different plant based milk type products and have dumped more down the drain than I care to admit. However the original Ripple half and half is the best I have seen. I even used it to make country gravy and the family loved it! The only down side is that I live in a rural community and it is very hard to find! The Ripple milk is available but not the half and half.
Ripple Half and Half Creamer
This is by far the best coffee creamer. It is extremely difficult to get!!! I get the feeling they are not making it anymore.
Response from Go Dairy Free
They are still making it!
Great information. I think Ripple is the best and healthiest choice and replacement if you love Dairy Half and Half in your Coffee as it is almost identical in its smooth taste. It is hard to get in Colorado grocery stores because it sells quickly once it is re-stocked on store shelves. So obviously people share the same opinion as I do..
A creamy miracle!
I absolutely love this cream in my coffee. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is because it says no sugar, but the 5th ingredient is cane sugar. I’m sugar sensitive, so I can’t continue using it. I am beyond disappointed
Happy for a non-dairy Half & Half.
I’ve had a total gastrectomy due to stomach cancer. I can no longer have dairy and no more than 8g of. sugar. I’m very happy with Ripple non-dairy Half & Half and just 1g sugar. I give it 5 stars.
Most like half and half of the dairy-free creamers.
The color in my coffee, the mouth feel and the taste are the most like half and half I’ve ever found, and I’ve tried them all. I can no longer find it in stores in my area, and I am considering giving up coffee. The milk is available, , but the half and half really made my morning cup.
Best substitute for real half and half I’ve found
I love this 0 saturated fats “half and half”. While it’s pricey, it is so good that I don’t miss my good old real stuff. I’ve had to give it up because of atherosclerosis, though research sometimes disputes that dairy and saturated fats are causal. Still, I’ve adapted to reducing these kinds of fats in my diet.
Ripple’s Half and Half really has the consistency and mouth feel one expect. The flavor isn’t quite real cream, but it’s easy to get used to and has just the right natural sweetness that real cream has. However, I haven’t been able to find it at my local natural foods store, or anywhere else since Christmas. I haven’t given up, even emailing Ripple. They say it’s a supply chain issue and that they are trying to get it going again. Sent me coupons. I want my Ripple H&H back!
Finally, a creamer that tastes better than animal based half & half
I love everything about original unsweetened Ripple half & half except its availability. I used to buy it at my local Market Basket store and would always buy 2-3 at a time because I never knew from week to week if they would have any. Since last November, I haven’t been able to buy it anywhere except at Shaw’s Supermarket where I refuse to pay their outrageous price of $5.99. And since I don’t tolerate sugar well and the only other offerings are either nut based creamers that taste terrible or are about as creamy as fat-free milk, my only options now are to suffer the lactose effects of real half & half or drink my coffee and tea black, neither of which is appealing.
Beast creamer ever
I gave Ripple a 5 only because they didn’t offer a 10, This product is the best plant based milk and creamer I have ever had, I love the taste and texture and my husband loves it too, I’m not sure why but all the stores that carry the Ripple creamer say they can’t get it anymore so I am totally bummed out about that but hoping it will be in stores again soon.
Tastes great, less filling
Ripple half and half is an excellent product – adds great body and creaminess to our coffee. Best dairy-free product, ever.
I was at my local Target and saw this, so I gave it a try. A nice consistency that nearly rivals the real thing! I was a little freaked out when I saw the residue at the bottom of my cup of tea. I guess that’s normal for plant-based creamers? Either way, liked it better than most vegan creamers. Gotta try the vanilla next!
Yes, I find that a little residue / settling happens with a lot of the dairy-free creamers. Glad you liked it!
I drink Irish Breakfast tea in the mornings so I definitely do not want a flavor like vanilla (or hazelnut or some of the other coffee creamer flavors). I love half and half and sugar in my tea and I have to say after trying many dairy substitutes, the Original flavor of Ripple is the best half and half alternative I’ve tried yet. I can be one step closer to vegan with good alternatives like this!
Awesome! So glad it worked out well for you Erin.
Ripple has a disgusting after taste in coffee. I was hopeful and have been trying to get used to it for the last month. After trying most of the creamer replacements with no luck, it may be time to learn to enjoy my coffee straight up with no creamer! Oh, well, maybe it works for baking.
That’s a bummer that it didn’t work out well for you Scout. Thanks for your feedback! It does work very well in baking and in sauces. It cooks very well – I’ve made several recipes and had no separation.
100% agree – Ripple is disgusting. I just tried it today after reading glowing reviews. Try Nutpods! It’s a very tasty non-dairy creamer available from Amazon. I was only looking for another product because the Nutpods packaging is so small and I’m trying to reduce my waste footprint. But it’s definitely the best non-dairy creamer out there. I recommend the Original flavor.
Yes, that is a fantastic product! We’ve got a review of it here -> https://www.godairyfree.org/product-reviews/nutpods-dairy-free-creamer
I’ve got their pumpkin spice (seasonal) in my fridge to try out soon. Ripple seems to be polarizing – I know lots of people who absolutely love it. Appreciate your cross-perspective.
Pingback: Guide to the Best Dairy Free Coffee Creamer Options
I do not like the Ripple vanilla creamer. We switched at home the coffee we had been using and I tried Ripple at the same time. I thought that maybe it was the coffee that I did not like so, I took the creamer to work. Our cafeteria brews really tasty coffee and I was excited to try the creamer in it. Nope. Same awful taste.
What I get from Ripple vanilla is an odor that is definitely vanilla. When I put it in coffee, the taste I get is smokey and woody. Not at all like the delicious vanilla odor.
Thanks for sharing your feedback Stuart! Hopefully your holy grail of creamers is out there! We’ll do our best to find it 🙂
I am always game to try a new creamer. But I keep circling back to almond-based creamers. That is where I’m headed now until another new one comes along. 🙂
It isn’t out until June, but a little insider info – I decided to do a massive creamer test and found that homemade creamers (without any additives) tend to work better. I tested dozens of homemade milks/creamers and wrote notes about each and included my favorite creamer recipes in the 2nd edition of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook (again, out in June). It surprised me that the homemade worked so well – including almond!
Found it in Sprouts. They have a good selection of dairy-free half and half or milk alternatives. It’s not bad, best of several things I’ve tried and doesn’t give me stomach pains like nut milks, but there is a bit of an aftertaste. I think it’s a matter of getting used to it. You know, just like going vegan in the first place was (and worth every minute!).
Thanks for sharing your take Carolyn!
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.
Hi April, that’s interesting, I haven’t heard that complaint. You can use it in baked goods or to make things like pancakes.
Yes. I agree. There is a weird unpleasant after taste.
Can you use it for cauliflower mashed potatoes?
Probably! I think it would work well in mashed potatoes in general. It’s richer than milk beverage – like a light cream.
Pingback: Dairy-Free Bechamel Recipe: Basic Vegan & Allergy-Friendly White Sauce
I REALLY need to find this! and other Ripple products – I haven’t tried any but want to…
Yes, you really do! Check Whole Foods, Seasons, and Target – I think all three should have them.
Shop Rite had the Ripple Half and Half. I didn’t look for the milk.
Good to know – Thanks Suzanne!
I just saw this in our grocery store. I will have to give it a try.
I highly recommend it 🙂
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.
Thanks for your additional feedback Nicole!
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.
Too funny! I know, my mind is going crazy with ideas!
I must try this!! I have my eye on a few of their other products too!
You must! Definitely worth it.
If I used creamer I would definitely add this. I love that it’s plant based!
It’s amazing as light cream / half & half (original intention!) in recipes Rachel. Definitely not just for coffee drinkers 🙂
What a helpful review! I’ve seen this more and more on IG feeds and it’s good to know the DL on it!
Happy to help with more details and honest tasting notes 🙂
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!
I think you will love it Deryn!
I’m always looking for a good dairy-free substitute for my coffee. I’ve never tried Ripple but it looks awesome!
It is, it really is!
oh man this is exactly what I needed for a recipe the other day! I need to see who carries it here so I can try again!
Definitely check out Target and Whole Foods Amanda.
I love thicker creamers. Many df creamers aren’t as thick as I’d like — but I trust your reviews and will give the vanilla a try!
Yep, this is a “true” half & half in consistency!