Back in the day it was impossible to keep a tub of Cool Whip in the house because it was irresistible to me plain (on the end of my finger) or on top of pudding, cake, pie, and ice cream. It wasn’t until later in life that ingredient choices became an issue and my beloved Cool Whip was deemed unsuitable. Tears were shed as a chapter of my life came to a close and desserts were no longer topped until So Delicious Dairy Free introduced CocoWhip.
CocoWhip, available in Original and Light, is made from organic coconut milk, it is naturally sweetened, and contains no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors. It is certified gluten free, vegan, and kosher parve, and Non-GMO Verified. CocoWhip ingredients are: water, organic coconut oil, organic tapioca syrup, organic dried cane syrup, pea protein, guar gum, organic sunflower lecithin, natural flavors, and xanthan gum.
Samples of original and light CocoWhip arrived and the testing began. The first test was to dig in with spoons for a taste. CocoWhip is light, fluffy, and creamy with a vanilla component. It does have a faint coconut flavor, but once it is paired with a dessert, it becomes undetectable. The light version isn’t quite as fluffy as the original, but it measures up.
CocoWhip holds it shape and doesn’t slide off or run down the sides of baked goodies. Brownies, pumpkin pie, cookies, cupcakes, etc. were topped with CocoWhip and took me back to my Cool Whip days. We even dipped strawberries in it and marveled at its creamy wonderfulness. It didn’t perform as well when a dollop was placed on hot cocoa, rather it seemed to disappear and the flavor was lost, which seemed odd.
The CocoWhip samples didn’t last long enough to be used in a recipe, but it did last up to a week in the refrigerator without separating and losing its fluffy texture, which is definitely a plus. CocoWhip has found a new home and place in my dairy-free heart.
Right now, CocoWhip can only be found in the frozen section of Whole Foods Markets, but it will roll out to other retailers in spring 2015.
Pick up some CocoWhip and prepare to be amazed.
Author Information: Jennifer D. Harris, Atlanta, GA
Jennifer D. Harris, http://www.jenniferglutenfreeingeorgia.blogspot.com
Program Chair, Atlanta Metro CeliacsTwitter@jenniferGFinGA