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    What is non-dairy whipped topping?

    Wed Mar 13, 2002 10:48 pm Groupie
    I went to buy this tonight and all they had was whipped topping, is this the same? If not where would it be with milk or frozen items? Thanks
    Wed Mar 13, 2002 11:03 pm Groupie
    I am able to purchase two forms of non-dairy whipped topping (basically, fake pre-sweetened whipped cream):

    1) In plastic tubs in the freezer section of my grocery - it comes ready made and forzen. nce thawed, it keeps for two weeks in the fridge or can be refrozen. The most common brand is "Cool Whip" but there are many other brands.

    2) In boxes in either the baking or gelatin aisle of the grocery - it comes in powdered form and you add milk and whip it up as needed. The most common brand name is "Dream Whip."

    Th advantages of Cool Whip type toppings is that they have fewer fat calories than real whipped cream (you can even buy light and fat free, and even chocolate versions). Cool Whip does not weep as quickly as real whipped cream when stored in the fridge as whipped cream does, so it is a good choice when making a dessert in advance. It is also less expensive and less time consuming than purchasing real cream which then needs to be whipped and sweetened still.

    I prefer the taste of real whipped cream, but Cool Whip definitely has its place. I use it a lot in "instant" pudding pies that my family adores and I am not as fond of.
    Wed Mar 13, 2002 11:10 pm Groupie
    Thanks so much Heather. However Farmer Jacks only had whipped topping (Cool Whip) and it is not non-dairy. I am making Amber Anayas key lime pie and the recipe called for that but I don't think it would hurt if I used regular cool whip. I am not trying to count any calories on Sunday icon_smile.gif
    Tracy K
    Thu Mar 14, 2002 12:00 am Groupie
    What is non-dairy whipped topping?

    Chemicals and sugar masquerading as whipped cream.

    If you're not counting calories on Sunday, why not just buy a half-pint of whipping cream and go to town?
    Thu Mar 14, 2002 12:17 am Groupie
    Dana, you can also buy this in aerosol form..... it's sold by the milk. You'll see real whipped cream in the aerosol tins, and non-dairy. I think the brand is Rich's. I believe I remember Mirjam saying that's what she uses so she can avoid having dairy in desserts, and I know I can buy it here in Canada (and I also know Rich's Dairy is based in Buffalo NY; the field the Bills play at used to called Rich Stadium until they named it after their old coot of an owner.......but I digress......) -- so I'm guessing it's available worldwide icon_smile.gif

    Oops, forgot to mention.....I agree with Tracy ... if you're not worried about fat or calories or dairy ... I'd definitely go with the real thing.
    Thu Mar 14, 2002 3:46 am
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    I agree, if you don't have to worry about the dairy, go with the real thing. If you are worried about the calories, the non-dairy stuff can still be pretty high in fat and calories.

    However, if you do want something that is specifically non-dairy, either because someone is lactose-intolerant, or for religious or ideological reasons, Rich Whip is the way to go. I have tried many brands, and Rich's is by far the best. They make a whipping cream, a coffee creamer, and a milk replacement. The milk replacement is not the greatest for drinking or having with your cornflakes, but if a cake recipe calls for 1 cup of milk it works pretty well. Rich's also makes whipped cream in an aerosol can, but I made the mistake of having this on strawberries during a meat/non-dairy meal and only found out later that it is dairy.

    Rich's also makes some wonderful non-dairy bakery style cakes, their Black Forest is very good and handy to have when you don't feel like cooking one more thing after spending hours making an appetizer, soup course, main dish and various side dishes. They also have some dairy cakes.

    And no, I don't work for Rich's!
    Thu Mar 14, 2002 8:34 am Groupie
    Well thanks so very much everyone for all the insight. I usually use cool whip and did not know there was such a non-dairy whipping cream. And believe me I will be using the real thing..yummm
    Thu Mar 14, 2002 11:57 am Groupie
    I always thought regular Cool Whip was also non-dairy, not just the reduced fat versions.

    I agree with the others- unless you prefer the taste of Cool Whip to real whipped cream, I usually go for the real deal unless I'm counting calories.
    Thu Mar 14, 2002 6:04 pm Groupie

    I always thought regular Cool Whip was also non-dairy, not just the reduced fat versions.

    I always thought that too, and only found out recently that my beliefs had been wrong.

    The dairy amount in Cool Whip is slight, so it doesn't seem to bother those with lactose intolerance. I have a friend with a very bad lactose intolerance problem and she can have Cool Whip.

    But there is some dairy in Cool Whip, making it a no-no for vegans and when a kosher dessert is needed that is non-dairy.
    Thu Mar 14, 2002 8:14 pm Groupie
    But there is some dairy in Cool Whip, making it a no-no for vegans and when a kosher dessert is needed that is non-dairy.
    Huh, you learn something new everyday, thanks Lennie. I went today and bought the "real stuff" icon_smile.gif
    Fri Mar 15, 2002 11:58 am Groupie
    Wow - I am so glad to know that information! Another new thing learned at Zaar!
    Fri Mar 15, 2002 8:54 pm Groupie
    Glad to help -- like I said, I only found this out recently myself. Thank goodness I had never tried to feed Cool Whip to any of my son's vegan friends icon_smile.gif
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