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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Stick to your traditional half & half
It is awful as a coffee creamer. I purchased the Vanilla at Target. It is not full- bodied. I am planning on returning it. If you are used to traditional half & half or coffee creamers in flavored varities, stick to those. This is weak and lacking, unfortunately.
It lightened my coffee and helped it not be bitter, but I don't like the taste.
II did not want to finish my coffee with this stuff in it. I tried adding a bit of the real thing but the taste is still pretty bad. I am hoping to find a way to spruce it up because it is healthier that actual dairy creamer. I think I’ll try cinnamon, or adding a little honey and cocoa powder. I want very much to leave the full fat of half and half behind.
My mother is lactose intolerant and I buy it for her – it’s so good though I use it whenever I’m there. Unfortunately, Whole Foods dropped it and Star is always out of it, and my local target is also always out of it. I hate having to buy another brand because Ripple is wonderful
Tastes like soap.
I can’t believe anybody likes this stuff! My wife bought some just to try a dairy free alternative for our morning coffee. I honestly can’t find the exact words to describe how weird this “half & half” tastes in coffee. I think it tastes like soap, and my wife thinks it tastes like kaopectate, so those are our 2 “halfs”! Yech!!
A Good Half and Half Substitute for Those Used to Dairy
I like the taste of dairy half and half or cream in my coffee, and most dairy-free substitutes are too sweet for me. Ripple Original Half and Half is a great dairy-free alternative to dairy half and half. There is a slight textural difference from dairy half and half, and a little grittiness at the bottom of the mug. But I think this is a great place for people to start when they’re making the switch from dairy to dairy-free half and half.
Great as a creamer and also in recipes
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.