Ripple Half & Half is an Allergy-Friendly Option for Dairy-Free Light Cream


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.

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

Original (Unsweetened)

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.

Ripple Half and Half Reviews and Info - Dairy-Free, Allergy-Friendly Alternative to Light Cream. We tested it ...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

*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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What Others Are Saying ...

My coffee is happy!

5.0 rating
July 19, 2019

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 🙂



5.0 rating
June 27, 2019

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

5.0 rating
May 24, 2019

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!

Michelle Tuler

Stick to your traditional half & half

1.0 rating
May 15, 2019

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.

Emily Hill

It lightened my coffee and helped it not be bitter, but I don't like the taste.

2.0 rating
April 2, 2019

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.

Judi Sanchez

Love it!

5.0 rating
March 27, 2019

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.

1.0 rating
March 10, 2019

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!!

Mark A McGee

A Good Half and Half Substitute for Those Used to Dairy

4.0 rating
March 7, 2019

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.

Sarah Hatfield

Great as a creamer and also in recipes

5.0 rating
March 5, 2019

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.


About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food 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, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

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  5. 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.

      • 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!

  6. 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!).

  7. 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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  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!