There are whole threads on this, so I won't go into detail, but I've taken to Bulletproof Coffee in lieu of heavy cream in my coffee. I add a tablespoon of coconut oil to 8 oz coffee, pulse it few times in my Magic Bullet, and it comes lighter in color with that awesome creamy mouthfeel. It also keeps me hyper-focused and alert- way moreso than normal coffee and without the fluttery chest blue Monsters give me. It's definitely helping me ween myself from energy drinks.
I stopped by Lowes Foods, and even the whipped cream had milk in it! The "all natural, organic" cream had an ingredients list of just "cream," but of course it was double the price.
Lowes didn't have coconut cream. **grumble** So I picked up a can of coconut milk (ingredients coconut, water, and a stabilizer [can't remember what stabilizer specifically]). The price per ounce was comparable to the non-organic, milk-containing cream.
I tried the coconut milk this morning. It was not terrible. Definitely better than black, or yogurt. Not as good as cream though. I may have to spring for the organic cream.
Okay, I've been using Meadow Gold heavy whipping cream - never even bothered to check the label. I am at work and the cream is at home, so I will have to look later to see what all is in it... but to be safe I ran across the street to the local dairy/creamery and got some fresh, glass bottled cream. In my coffee it is a bit less sweet than the cream at home which makes me wonder... well, maybe I'll just stick with local cream - at least I can say that I've seen the cows this cream comes from. I am, however, looking forward to using some of my coconut oil in my morning coffee... I never even thought...
I think it just has to say "Contains milk" as an allergen alert.
If it just says "Cream" for the ingredients, but also says "Contains milk" below that, I'm pretty sure it's still just plain cream. I don't think the USDA sees a difference between milk and milk products when it labels for allergens.
I second the Kalona Naturals cream! Good stuff. And I figured out a trick for not having it spoil before I can use it up.
Most of the time I only use it in my coffee so I often have 1/8-1/4 of the jug go sour before I use it up. Not good from either a food or money wasting standpoint!
So I save my old yogurt containers and I freeze the cream in single serving sizes! The disk shape made by freezing in the yogurt container fit in my coffee cup just fine and melts faster then if I freeze it in ice cube trays. IF I remember sometimes I pull a new disk out each night so it's already thawed the next day but usually I just toss a frozen cream disk in my cup and pour hot coffee on it. Works for me!
So now when the KN cream goes on sale I can buy up a few of them! (the texture sometimes is slightly off when it thaws but I really never notice in my coffee. I notice the texture a bit more if I use the cream for anything where the cream is obvious like pouring it over berries but it tastes so good that I don't care!)