Is half-and-half bad for you? The same as heavy cream? Low carb? We’ve got answers.

By Kelly Vaughan
Updated March 18, 2019

Half-and-half always has a place in your refrigerator, but you may never know when to use it. Even if you’ve never given it much thought, you’ve probably wondered “what is half-and-half?” Well, half-and-half is the happy medium between milk and heavy cream. Half-and-half is what’s inside those little plastic containers in hotels and diners all across the country. It’s also an easy way to enhance the rich, velvety consistency in recipes like cheesy asparagus gratin and kale and goat cheese frittata. Below, we explain how half-and-half is made, what's actually in it, and offer more.

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