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

icecone May 20, 2010 01:24 PM

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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    icecone May 22, 2010 05:03 AM

    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
      twodales Sep 8, 2010 10:57 PM

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

    2. goodhealthgourmet May 20, 2010 02:36 PM

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

      1. chicgail May 20, 2010 02:19 PM

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

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        1. re: chicgail
          tullius May 20, 2010 02:41 PM

          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
            masha May 20, 2010 02:44 PM

            "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
              smartie May 20, 2010 03:38 PM

              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: masha
                Obessed May 20, 2010 04:43 PM

                What is HFC?

                1. re: Obessed
                  NE_Elaine May 20, 2010 04:54 PM

                  HFC is high fructose corn syrup.

                  1. re: NE_Elaine
                    Obessed May 21, 2010 10:51 AM

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


          2. Ruth Lafler May 20, 2010 02:15 PM

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

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