Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Vegan Whipped Cream

I've tried a variety of vegan whipped toppings in the past. I've made my own with tofu and lemon juice and other stuff, and it was OK, but not at all like whipped cream. Most vegan cookbooks with a dessert section have a recipe like this.

Then there's the Lucerne-brand non-dairy dessert topping at Safeway. It's basically hydrogenated oil that somehow resembles whipped cream, but is obviously full of trans fat and leaves you feeling dirty afterwards. It'll do in a pinch, and if you're looking for it, it'll be in the dairy case next to the canned whipped cream. It's the kind that's propelled by nitrous oxide--you know, laughing gas. (In college, I worked in the dining hall, and a friend of mine would take all the us
ed cans of whipped cream and inhale the nitrous. He also snorted a crushed Vivarin once. And MSG. He snorted straight-up MSG. Later he passed out and woke up with a horrible headache. I wouldn't recommend this to y'all.)

OK. Enough college tales.

My point in this entry is that there is now a really good vegan whipped cream: Soyatoo Soy Whip! It looks and tastes like actual whipped cream. Nick bought it for me at Food Fight, a vegan grocery store in Portland. You can buy it from them on their website.

15 comments:

  1. I've heard great things about this.

    I got my ice cream maker in the mail yesterday and my bowl is in the freezer. I'm planning on making some Pina Coloda ice cream tomorrow.

    I'm going to try the cherry garcia next... as soon as I can locate some cherry extract.
    The frozen yogurt bars are cherry ice cream with cherries and dark chocolate chunks.. dipped in chocoale and frozen on a stick.

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  2. You can also get it at Whole Foods, we just started carrying it...! Can't speak for sure for Cupertino or Campbell or Redwood City or San Mateo, but definately in stock in Palo Alto (which, as it's the smallest store, probably means the other/big ones have it as well).

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  3. y'know what's really good? i went to a veg diner this afternoon for brunch and on top of their pancakes they had this awesome whipped cream made of coconut and banana. it wasn't too coconutty or bananaey, which is interesting, cause both of those flavours can get overpowering in other recipes. i'm gonna try and make it at home. if it works out, i'll send you the recipe :)

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  4. Oooo...please do. I'm all about new yummies.

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  5. Anonymous9:31 PM

    I've seen this at Whole Foods (while I was in CA this summer), and at my local supermarket (Wegmans) and food co-op here in Syracuse, NY. I have yet to gather the courage to cough up 5$ for it, but I'm sure I will soon... maybe a Thanksgiving treat?

    By the way, this is my first time visiting your blog, and I love it- thanks for thinking of this idea! I grew up in Cupertino, so I love that you're where you are, too!

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  6. Anonymous1:27 PM

    I can't beleive that they make vegan whipped cream! I am not a vegan by choice...SORRY! I have severe fiid allergies and I am forced to eat vegan. It was so hard to give up everything but als I can live by this website! Thank you! Keep posting the recipes!!!

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  7. i bought some but i didn't like it at all... i didn't really think it tasted anything like whipcream... and it seemed more oily, in taste and feel, than the cheap bad-for-you edible oil product stuff. *pout* i like the fake stuff way better.

    maybe the can i bought was just a bad can?? seriously, if you honestly think it tastes just like the "real" stuff, let me know because i might give it another chance. the stuff i bought just tasted "off"... like really overpowering gross bean flavour (and i usually love the taste of soy!).

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  8. Marilee--

    Maybe you got a bad can, or maybe you didn't shake it well? Or maybe you just don't like it. That's totally possible. My husband, with way more whipped cream experience than I (I rarely ever ate dairy cream, and seldom eat this stuff), says it's like the dairy stuff. But he also likes Silk's soy nog, which I think tastes like nail polish remover (not literally, but you get the idea). Now Vitasoy's Holly Nog...well, that's a whole other story.

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  9. They carry this at the Whole Foods stores in Los Angeles as well. And at Gelson's. I agree-- it really does taste amazingly like the real thing. I had it with strawberries and it was sooo good. It's equally good over non-dairy ice cream. The main problem with it is that it gets used up too fast!!!

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  10. Anonymous2:08 PM

    I have had this a few times at different events where my very sweet friends catered to my dairy allergy. I think that it is gross, it tastes a lot like how I remember soy products tasting when I was a kid. It has that grassy/nutty cheap plain soy milk flavor. It's nice that there is a product out there, maybe the competition will improve it.

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  11. Anonymous8:29 PM

    On the front of the can, the product is described as being vegan. But on the back of the can it says "May contain traces of milk". How is that vegan?

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  12. Anon--
    Many vegan products are produced on equipment that is also used to produce non-vegan products. So they have to put that warning on the label for people with severe allergies.

    Just like those products that say things like, "May contain traces of nuts," when you're buying something that in no way contains nuts.

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  13. Anonymous1:21 PM

    soyatoo is so good. I can't stop eating it. I am not earning much money now, but I will not live without it. I make coffee with silk creamer and put the soyatoo on top. Incredible.

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  14. Thanks for posting this. (I know this post is years old, but...) Nice to read a review about this stuff before I go buy a can. :)

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  15. Bleh! I hate this stuff. It doesn't taste anything like whipped cream. It just resembles it.

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