New Vegan Product Review: Ripple Half & Half! Silky smooth, ultra creamy, and versatile.
Ripple Foods has done it again! Clearly, they’re on a roll with new products, this summer. First, with the Unsweetened Vanilla Ripple Milk, and now, with their new Ripple Half & Half. They have two options for this product, Original and Vanilla. Both versatile in their own ways, but definitely catering to those who either like plain creaminess, and those who like a hint of sweetness and vanilla.
As much as I love my coffee really creamy, I hardly find myself going out and buying half & half. The only times I usually have it is if I’m staying with people who have well-stocked fridges. And I’m usually quite excited about it. (It’s the little things, okay) So, I was happy to test these two out, but didn’t want to bore you with only coffee. I made a couple of recipes, and of course did coffee(s), too; so go on and see them, below!
Original Ripple Half & Half:
- By itself: I know it sounds weird, but I wanted to get a feel for what I was working with, so I tried a little sip, first. Definitely richer than their other milks (I saw that their pea protein blend, Ripptein, and sunflower oil had switched places; with the peas coming after). I understand the change in ratio, as Half & Half is obviously a fatty liquid. Other than that, the taste wasn’t super noticeable, maybe kind of like dairy half & half? But, it’s been so long since I’ve had dairy, that I’m not sure.
- In espresso: The other morning I had the perfect setup to try this out! I had just made pancakes for Corey and I, and was brewing some shots in my stovetop espresso maker. Since the pancakes were going to be sweet, I figured trying the Original would be a better idea. In it poured (as pictured) and did that beautiful swirly thing, that I love so much. Sometimes other non-dairy milks can clump or separate in hot coffee, but not this one. It went well with the strong brew, taming it with creaminess, but not diluting the coffee taste. That being said, I’ll have a hard time with just almond milk at coffee shops, now. #princessproblems
- In tomato sauce: You may have seen on social media that I have a plethora of tomatoes! After some requests, I made a creamy roasted tomato sauce with the Original Ripple Half & Half. I had almost forgotten how versatile this could be! ALSO, I will feature the tomato sauce recipe in my Sound-Off Sunday email, this month. Make sure to sign up for that exclusive content! As for the sauce, I stirred the half & half in after simmering, then the herbs, and it combined so well. I wasn’t sure what would happen, or if things would separate or taste funny. But, that was not the case!
Vanilla Ripple Half & Half:
- By itself: I tried a small bit of this a la carte, and really liked the subtle vanilla flavor, and the fact that it wasn’t SUPER sweet. Some flavored creamers taste like syrup to me, and I kind of hate that. So, I was really happy that this one wasn’t! Per serving it has 2g of sugar, so not high, but still present.
- In coffee: Added to my coffee, the vanilla flavor was muted quite a bit. The creaminess was great, like the Original, but I could have used a little more Umph of vanilla. (Though that wasn’t the same in the next one)
- In a chia pudding:After looking through some recipe ideas for Half & Half, I was inspired to make the Banana Cream Chia Pudding that I posted a few years ago! I subbed Ripple for the coconut milk, left out the vanilla extract and maple syrup, and only added a couple of drops of stevia. Though I love coconut, I enjoyed using this in place of it. You then have a banana cream pie-flavor without the prominent coconut flavor (which I know some people don’t like). Here, the vanilla flavor shined! I’m sure it would also be awesome in soft serve, or ice cream.
Ripple Half & Half Overall:
After trying these two products, I think that they will be a really convenient way to get rich, non-dairy cream, into drinks and recipes. Usually, I would make a cashew cream for this reason, but sometimes, I (and I’m sure others) are out of cashews, or just don’t have the time! Since Ripple can be found in many stores (store locator, for the one nearest you), it’s a viable and accessible solution. So happy I have a little half & half left after these tests!
This post is in partnership with Ripple Foods, all words and opinions are my own. Posts like these help me to keep this blog, and more recipes coming your way!