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.
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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!!
Amazing Dairy Alternative
I just discovered this product and I love it!
I currently use it for my coffee. I had to do a double-take as once I poured it in my coffee it looked EXACTLY like regular half and half. SO CREAMY!
The taste is amazing. The only downside is there is a little sediment that gets left behind, but it really isn’t a bothersome to me. The taste and texture is beautiful!
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.