In 2017, Trader Joe’s launched a Coconut Whipped Topping as a seasonal item. It was pulled from the shelves due to a defective can, and didn’t return. But Trader Joe’s finally emerged with a new dairy-free whipped cream, this time with a “Sweet Rose” label and “made with real coconut cream” clearly noted. So my pictures below are not exact (see the photo by the ingredients for the current packaging), but Trader Joe’s Sweet Rose Coconut Whipped Topping is reportedly the same whip otherwise. And it is expected to be a “permanent” item. At least for now …
This spray whipped topping is sold refrigerated, near the other dairy alternatives at Trader Joe’s. If you don’t live near a Trader Joe’s, have no fear. It’s actually Gay Lea Real Coconut Whipped Topping, which can be found at other grocers in the U.S. and Canada. And yes, it is dairy-free – no caseinates to be found! The ingredients and nutrition facts below are for both Sweet Rose and Gay Lea (same product, different name).
Tasting Notes for Trader Joe’s Sweet Rose Coconut Whipped Topping
Before this week, I’d honestly never tried a spray whipped cream of any kind. So I don’t have anything to compare Trader Joe’s Coconut Whipped Topping to. However, Tony proclaimed “they did a good job.” He said it reminded him a lot of dairy whip from a spray can, but coconut-y.
I really liked the ease of use, the flawless application, and the very creamy consistency. I thought it had a nice smooth and rich consistency. It was also perfectly sweet without being overly sugary. However, I did think the aftertaste reflected the more processed ingredients. It tasted a little “chemical,” for lack of a better word, and had a somewhat waxy finish. But Tony clarified that it’s very similar to products like Reddi-Whip. And I did think it was a nice finish atop hot cocoa.
This whipped topping does a fairly good job of holding it’s shape, but it does slowly start to melt within a few minutes at warmer room temperatures. So I recommend spraying it on just before serving.
Coconut Whipped Topping
Ingredients: coconut cream, water, sugar, glucose syrup, inulin, mono and diglycerides, cellulose gel, cellulose gum, carrageenan, nitrous oxide (propellant). contains: coconut.*
Nutrition (per 2-tablespoon serving): 10 calories, .5g fat, 2g carbs, 0g fiber, 1g sugars, 0g protein.*
The Facts on Trader Joe’s Sweet Rose Coconut Whipped Topping
Price: $3.29 per 6.5-ounce spray can
Availability: Trader Joe’s Sweet Rose Coconut Whipped Topping is sold exclusively at Trader Joe’s stores in the United States. But, it’s actually Gay Lea Real Coconut Whipped Topping in disguise. Gay Lea is a Canadian company, and you can buy it in Canada under their label.
Certifications: Trader Joe’s Sweet Rose Coconut Whipped Topping is Certified Vegan, Non-GMO Verified, and Certified Kosher DE (for dairy equipment, not ingredients; see our Understanding Kosher Guide).
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Trader Joe’s Sweet Rose Coconut Whipped Topping is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.*
For More Product Information: Visit your local Trader Joe’s store or contact them directly via their website at www.traderjoes.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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Great product, Crappy cap.
OMG this stuff is really good but WTF,? The cap would not come off and once it did, it does not go back on. Again, WTF? Good product, great product, will I buy again? No.
Sweet Rose !
I have been a Reddi Whip die hard for many years but since I found Trader Joe’s
Sweet Rose Coconut Whipped Topping I won’t go back unless forced. & Its smarter
as well, being non dairy without tasting artificial.
Really good. Agree with waxy aftertaste and tasty coconut. Better than redi whip, but not as good as making the dairy version from scratch.
Convenient and affordable
It’s impressively convenient, affordably priced, and easy to use. Tony thought it was just like traditional spray whip, with a coconut flavor. I thought it was a fun topping, but the aftertaste had a bit of a waxy feel and flavor. Read on for more product details and specifics …
But it has carageenan, a known intestinal irritant. Causing inflammation in the gut can lead to it becoming systemic, developing food intolerances too.
I purchased this product at Walmart in Marina, California by the original manufacturer by the name of Gay Lea Foods in: wait for it, CANADA! https://www.gaylea.com/ (This has to be the place Trader Joe’s gets it!!!)
It is DELICIOUS! The bad news is not all Walmarts are created equal, so make sure it has a FULL service supermarket or Superstore. I only get my hands on it when I visit the Monterey Peninsula as the one near me does not have, nor do health food or better supermarkets which is weird.
You do realize that this was only a seasonal item and hasn’t been in any Trader Joe’s since the 2017 holiday season?
They actually said it would be a permanent item, but they had a problem with the dispenser. They pulled them from the shelves and said it would be back this spring. I’m not ready to label it as discontinued – still holding out for the return 🙂
I just called one of my local TJ’s to ask and they said they are looking for a new supplier and they have no anticipated ship date when it will be available again. Can’t wait to try it but until then I may brave the DIY coconut whipped cream experiment with my KitchenAid! At least it won’t have all the added ingredients if I make it myself. It also might completely suck. Wish me luck! :o)
Thanks for the update Monica! Yes, I’m just sure it will come back – not marking this one as discontinued.
That said, I prefer homemade coconut cream – so much easier. Just make sure you get the thickest coconut cream like shown here -> https://www.godairyfree.org/news/what-is-coconut-milk – powdered sweetener to taste and a little vanilla. Just use a hand mixer. Whipping it longer doesn’t add volume (like dairy cream). What you see is what you get, and whipping longer can actually cause it to warm up and get runnier.
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Xanthan gum is made with corn sugar. If you’re allergic to corn, you could have issues with it.
Yes, in many cases it is. But as a heads up, xanthan gum isn’t always derived from corn, so it might work for you sometimes 🙂
Carrageenan is not an ingredient I’d recommend making a part of your daily diet…too much research shows why it’s not good for you. Just sharing so help others!
does it taste coconut-y? I don’t really like the coconut flavor, but I like certain coconut milks in things. thanks 🙂
Yes, both my husband and I thought the coconut was notable.
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The biggest problem I see with it is the hydrogenated oils that are masked in the ingredient list as mono and dyglicerides. In other words trans fat that they are allowed to put as 0 as long as it’s a half of a gram or less PER SERVING. I love Trader Joe’s, but it’s time they get the trans fats out of their foods. But for the one time for the holidays, it’s a better option for da Ru free people than reg whipped cream which also has trans fat in it.
I love that snowflake cup! Where did you get it?
Years ago as a gift!
Wow, I had no idea even though I frequent Trader Joe’s quite often! I can’t wait to try it. Their price is quite affordable compared to other similar non-dairy whipped toppings. Thank you for your review.
Happy to help!
Whole Foods released a coconut whip under their 365 label. I wonder how that is. This looks pretty good; I have a TJs near me so I have to try it.
Thanks Christine! I think they might be very similar, so I would consider trialing the TJ’s one first. I think Gay Lea is making the TJ’s one, and it’s possible they are making the Whole Foods one, too. I have to look at those ingredients still. Here is our full round-up to date of the whipped creams -> https://www.godairyfree.org/news/nutrition-headlines/how-to-find-or-make-dairy-free-and-vegan-whipped-cream
Wow!! It was just a matter of time before something like this hit the stores and perfect timing too with the holidays coming up. I noticed that it contains carrageenan, what are your thoughts about this controversial ingredient?
Hi Angie, it isn’t a topic that I’ve researched in depth. I don’t usually weigh in on things that I haven’t read up on enough.
Which TJ’s carry this?
I’m I. Washington State and cant find it yet.
Some people have said their local stores aren’t getting it in until December. So it could be up to a couple weeks! But it wasn’t obvious in my local TJ’s. It was next to the milk beverages in the refrigerated section. They should all be getting it in stock though.