When I received an offer for a sample of truwhip (not capitalized), I jumped at the chance. As a kid, I loved the whipped topping in my bowl of ice cream as much as the ice cream itself. For whatever reason, my adult tastebuds don’t favor the distinct flavor of air, sugar, and chemicals as much as they once did.
truwhip Flavor and Texture
truwhip has that light, sweet flavor that makes whipped topping such a fine addition to desserts, but it’s much less sweet than conventional whipped toppings. Organic tapioca syrup, a gluten-free, fat-free natural sweetener is second in the list of ingredients and organic cane sugar – ingredients are listed from most volume to least volume in the product – and they’re the only sweeteners in the list of ingredients.
Conventional whipped toppings have high fructose corn syrup as the third ingredient, followed immediately by corn syrup. Even so, truwhip is less sweet than conventional whipped toppings.
The biggest surprise for me was the texture. It has a smooth, creamy texture, as though it weren’t made mostly of air. (Of course, it is made mostly of air. It’s a whipped topping, after all.) The texture complemented the rich chocolate torte I first paired it with.
truwhip contains no GMOs. Even the soy ingredients are organic. truwhip is also gluten free.
Furthermore, truwhip is trans fat free in the whole tub. Labeling laws allow food producers to label their products as trans fat free if there is less than 0.5 grams of trans fats per serving. With 25 servings in a tub, that could be as much as 12.25 grams of trans fats, but truwhip has gone that extra measure and made sure there are no trans fats in the whipped topping at all.
The truwhip site has a wide selection of recipes. It goes in all those refrigerator desserts, cheesecakes, and snack bars we all loved as kids. It’s also good as a topping for pies, ice cream, and hot chocolate.
I should warn you, though. When I first tasted truwhip straight out of the container, it had a sort of odd taste. Not unpleasant, just odd. If I had stopped there, I would have missed out on an excellent whipped topping. Eaten as a topping to another food or as an ingredient in a fridge dessert, it’s a wonderful experience.
More Good Stuff
Appealing to my thrifty nature, the tub the whipped topping comes in is top-rack dishwasher safe. It’s also 100% recyclable, if you don’t need yet another leftover container.
truwhip is available in national chain grocery stores as well as health food stores. There’s a store locator on their site that will find a nearby store. There’s also a coupon (pdf) for 55 cents on the site.
I’ll be buying more truwhip, especially during the holiday season when I’ll need to make lots of quick pies and snack bars.
Image of chocolate cream pie by Samat Jain, used with Creative Commons license.
Just for fun, check out this horrifying 12-day Cool Whip experiment.