Thinking about trying Califia Farms Dairy-Free Heavy Whip Substitute, but don't want to spend money without knowing anything about it? Read our review to find out if it’s any good.
This post is not sponsored; just our honest opinions.
Califia Farms best known for their vegan milks has just release their Heavy Whip; an unflavored and unsweetened plant-based dairy cream substitute.
Ingredients Are Vegan, Kosher, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Carrageenan Free & Dairy Free.
- Coconut Oil
- Sunflower Oil
- Fava Bean Protein Isolate
- Natural Flavor
- Xanthan Gum
- Gellan Gum
$5.79 per 16.9-ounce carton at Whole Foods Market.
Nutrition (per 1 tablespoon/32 servings): 35 calories, 3.5g fat, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 0g protein
Stored in refrigerated cartons located in the refrigerated section of the grocery store.
The package in our opinion is not ideal as it’s hard to use all of the product, which we explain in our review in more detail below.
Where To Purchase
Califia Farms Dairy-Free Heavy Whip Substitute is available throughout the U.S. sold at Whole Foods and Sprouts. Check out their store locator.
You can also order it online from GTFO It’s Vegan – they ship throughout the U.S.
Keep refrigerated and do not freeze.
Once open keep refrigerated for 7 to 10 days.
Water, Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Fava Bean Protein Isolate, Acacia, Natural Flavor, Xanthan Gum and Gellan Gum
It’s sold at Whole Foods and Sprouts. Available online from GTFO It’s Vegan
Ways to use a vegan heavy whipping cream substitute.
Whipped cream, soups and salad dressings.
Plant-based heavy creams have been hard to come by with coconut cream doing the heavy lifting for years. We are so excited; this is our second heavy cream vegan substitute this year! Be sure to check out our review of Country Crock Plant Cream too.
Taste - after tasting, it truly is an unflavored and unsweetened dairy alternative.
Texture - the texture of this plant-based dairy substitute is based off one of the main ingredients coconut oil. The coconut doesn’t impart that much of a flavor but it definitely affects the texture.
Coconut oil, cream and milk can be a big part of vegan baking and with that goes dealing with coconut as a solid vs liquid depending on the temperature you store it in.
That’s the long way of saying that because you store this is the refrigerator, we keep running into the cream being too solid to be pourable. This wasn't the worst thing but for using it as a creamer in coffee, it’s pretty annoying.
For whipped cream the more solid texture was agreeable but not ideal. The instructions say to whip; but not for how long. We tested for a minute and then for two minutes. Two minutes results in a very grainy, whipped cream and at one minute stiff peaks where no where to be found. However, just squeezing it out of the package yielded the best result.
Recommendation - We’ll continue to test for their recommended recipes like mac and cheese and as a cream base for soups. But as of right now for actually whipped cream or a creamer replacement we wouldn’t recommend this. There are different, better vegan replacements for heavy whipping cream on the market right now.
We’ve read mixed reviews online. Some loved the texture and consistency. And others like us didn't.
For now for us it will have to be a pass, for now. The product is very temperamental to work with and the results were unimpressive.
We would love to hear from you about your experience with this plant-based heavy creamer substitute. If you had a better experience with the product please let us know in the comments below.
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Bought 2 boxes at the Boise Co-Op because they were out of my favorite, Silk Dairy-Free Heavy Cream. I like to whip it with powdered sugar and vanilla extract to add to my coffee. I put the mixing bowl and whipping attachment in the freezer before whipping. I shook the carton but it was solid. I had to squeeze the carton and it would come out in heaps. I had to cut the box open to make sure I got all the contents out. This did not form stiff peaks and I was afraid if I whipped it any longer it would turn to liquid. It turned out foamy and I didn't like the taste. But since I don't like to waste I will use it.
Wow! Sorry to hear you had a bad experience too. Hopefully Califia Farms will go back to the drawing board and reformulate this whipping cream.