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May 20, 2010 01:24 PM

Fat Free Half & Half vs. Non-Fat Dairy Creamer

Are these interchangeable? I stumbled upon a flourless chocolate cake recipe at the Southbeach Diet website. The chocolate glaze that covers it is made from equal amounts of choc. chips and fat free half and half (nothing else). Could I substitute a non-dairy creamer for this fat free half and half?

PS: I'm not on the South Beach Diet. Just wanted to try the recipe.

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  1. If you're not on a diet, use real half-and-half!

    1. They're both crap. Read the ingredients. Use real half and half.

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      1. re: chicgail

        What could fat free "half-and half" possibly be? Evaporated skim milk with additives to make it thicker? Yuck. If you were on a diet use canned evaporated skim milk instead.

        1. re: tullius

          "Fat-free 1/2 &1/2" is loaded with HFC. I know only because I've bought it by mistake on occasion. In my mind it should be illegal to label this product as "half & half." The original product is so-named because it's 1/2 whole milk and 1/2 heavy cream. A fat-free version is by definition a synthetic substitute, which not only subtracts the fat, but adds other flavorings.

          1. re: masha

            my coworker in charge of buying coffee supplies at work bought the fat free half and half a few weeks ago. It was gross and the ingredient list was unappetizing. It tasted a little sweet I guess due to HFCS. We only had one cup each and nobody used it again.

                1. re: NE_Elaine

                  Thanks Elaine - I realized after I posted I could have just done a google search ;)


        2. another vote for using *real* ingredients. if you're concerned about fat content, use evaporated skim milk instead.

          1. Thanks all. I guess no one here likes fat-free half & half. :-D

            I'm going to make the chocolate glaze by melting chocolate with a small amount of milk - less than what the recipe says for half&half. It should solidify on the cake, a little more solid than the recipe intended.

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            1. re: icecone

              I say try the no fat half and half. Decide for yourself. Everyone needs to make their own choices.