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Product Review: Truwhip

  • Mar 11, 2011
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Okay, the caveat right out of the gate: this is not a “healthy” food, this is a “not so scary form of something we usually get full of chemical scariness” food, and one which doesn’t even really qualify as “food” but more like “edible substance.

I know, with an endorsement like that, you really want to keep reading, right? I’m talking about “Truwhip,” the organic shorter-ingredient-list version of Cool Whip, that really easy to use “non-dairy whipped topping” that pops up all over the place.

The good news: its ingredient list is way less scary than Cool Whip. And it tastes and feels a heckuva lot like Cool Whip. So if you use Cool Whip a lot and want something less creepy and chemical, or are a vegan and want a non-dairy alternative, this is absolutely your product.

The not-as-good news: it tastes and feels a heckuva lot like Cool Whip. And being neither vegan nor overly concerned with my fat intake, I’d invariably rather just eat whipped cream, even the stuff out of a canister (which you can also get organic now).

I did three different “tests” of the product: first, of course, the “on a spoon out of the tub” test.  That’s where I discovered it tastes and feels a lot like Cool Whip, both frozen and thawed. Overly sweet, not too much flavor, and kind of disintegrates in your mouth fairly quickly.

Second, I tried a recipe I’d found online, one intended for Cool Whip—or rather, an adaptation, since I didn’t have the actual ingredients: I melted half a cup of semisweet chocolate chips in a little half and half, stirred in a cup of Truwhip, and chilled till set.  (I may try this again with a little instant coffee and maybe cinnamon in there as well.) The result: a chocolate-mousse kind of thing that was a lot like the inside of a Three Musketeers bar. Only better. Actually, quite good.  I found it a little too sweet and insubstantial, but honestly it was pretty yummy.  If I were a vegan who wanted chocolate mousse, I’d get me some vegan chocolate chips and have at it, and feel very decadent about it.

Third, I went to the Truwhip website and tried one of their recipes, the Chocolate Whip Freezer Pie. (Or rather, Chocolate Whip Freezer Mousse, since I wanted to make a smaller amount and didn’t have a pie crust anyway.) This one was, truly, absolutely delicious. It would probably be even better with whipped cream instead of Truwhip, but that would be even more decadently evil. And the cream cheese makes it non-vegan (is there a vegan cream cheese?) But it’s worth reproducing my version of the adapted recipe:

Truwhip Chocolate Mousse

  • Melt 2/3 cup chocolate chips and ¼ cup milk together in the microwave for maybe 20-30 seconds. Watch carefully so nothing bubbles or burns.
  • Add a sprinkle of cinnamon and ½ tsp instant espresso powder (optional) and stir till smooth.
  • Add 4 oz (half a block) softened cream cheese, cut into small pieces. Whisk till smooth and incorporated.
  • Add 1 tub Truwhip whipped topping (okay, or Cool Whip if you don’t mind potentially toxic chemicals in your dessert), thawed (a little over 2 cups), and fold in till incorporated
  • Transfer to pie crust, nice bowl, or other container and refrigerate or freeze.

Delicious.  Delicious enough that I may very well go buy more of this stuff in order to make more of this.


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March 18, 2011
Haha you're right about it not being health food, but man, it's delicious! I had this on home made strawberry ice cream, and it was delicious!
March 12, 2011
Hm, less scary, so what are the ingredients if you don't mind sharing? I never liked Cool Whip not just because it isn't even made of edible ingredients, but because it was always too sweet to me. I love my whipped heavy cream if I need to make cake, that way I control just how sweet I want to make it! :) Great review, I'll refer my vegan friends to it!
March 12, 2011
Hi! I'm sorry, I forgot to include the link--their nutritional info is found here: http://www.truwhip.com/nutritionalInfo/index.php (lots of palm oil and tapioca starch, basically...and sugar.) It's seriously not bad, just not something I'd go for every day...or week or month, honestly. But like I say, if I were a vegan I'd be all over the stuff.
March 13, 2011
Thanks for the info! I see it is gluten free, but it isn't vegan - it has milk protein in it. Vegetarian maybe... :)
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