We’ve been making whipped cream, a delightful delicacy, for generations. When sufficient amounts of fat are pounded into milk, the fats trap the air in small bubbles. When there are enough bubbles, the cream stops being liquid and begins to take shape. Whipping cream recipes have been around since the middle of the 1500s in Italy. Early recipes termed the dessert “snow milk” and advised beating heavy cream with a willow branch until frothy. The term “whipped cream” did not appear in English recipes until the late 1600s.
Whipped cream is readily accessible now in a variety of tastes and textures because of sterilized whisks and contemporary food processing equipment. There are containers of a whipped-cream alternative that never goes flat as well as chocolate, mint, and whipped cream. The other type of whipped cream is heavy, which has a larger fat level for a richer flavor and more substantial peaks. On National Whipped Cream Day, whether you like the ease of whipped topping from a can or the delicious satisfaction of whipping up a fresh batch, make sure to appreciate the delights that whipped cream has personally offered you—and all of us—around the world.
When is National Whipped Cream Day?
To commemorate National Whipped Cream Day on January 5, give desserts a special extra touch. It not only adds creaminess and a little pizzazz, but it also distinguishes between a ho-hum beverage or dessert and one fit for a celebration.
National Whipped Cream Day History
Whoever has never experienced the delight of whipped cream has definitely missed out on something wonderful! Briefly said, whipped cream is a kind of sweetened cream that is “whipped” with a whisk or mixer until it becomes light and fluffy. The whipping process adds air, which results in an altogether special and delightful creation.
A cream that includes no less than 35% fat is being whipped for the greatest outcomes. Whipping cream is a straightforward technique that may be done by hand or mechanically using a high-speed mixer, but hand whisking would undoubtedly be labor intensive.
While some love the straightforward flavor of whipped cream, others go a step further.
There are already dairy-free varieties of whipped cream available for persons who have a milk sensitivity or who refrain from dairy for other reasons. Most of these are touted as being delectable and vegan-friendly.
Many people believe that whipping cream is a relatively modern culinary invention. You won’t believe it, but the origins of this delicious dessert date all the way back to the 16th century!
Whipping cream is first mentioned in recipes from 1549, which are the first records of the substance. Cristoforo di Messisbugo, an Italian cook from the Renaissance, used whipped cream as an ingredient in one of his dishes. The term “milk snow” is used in his cookbook, Banchetti, Composizioni di Vivande e Apparecchio Generale, and is thought to represent an early form of whipped cream.
Whipping cream was also referred to as “snow cream” throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, which is a beautiful and adorable name for it. In France (crème fouettée) and England (1673), the first known literary allusions to whipped cream appear to be from 1629 and 1673, respectively.
In reality, National Whipped Cream Day is a nod to Aaron Lapin, the man behind Reddi-Wip, who was born in 1914. He created Reddi-wip in 1948, which is now a brand name for both the non-dairy and aerosol canned versions of sweetened whipped toppings.
National Whipped Cream Day Activities
a container of whipped cream
Make an exception on January 5 and treat yourself to a light and airy treat like strawberries and whipped cream if you don’t typically eat dessert. Do you get sick of the same old whipped cream? Try something novel, like chocolate whipped cream on your sundae or minty whipped cream over a piece of yellow cake. If you’re tired of the typical whipped cream desserts, consider topping cobbler, bread pudding, or pie with whipped cream rather than ice cream. Even other tastes, such as hot corn chips or salty french fries, might be combined with whipped cream.
Whip your own cream at home.
Although homemade whipped cream is simple to make, whipped cream in a can is undoubtedly more convenient. Whipping cream (or heavy whipping cream), sugar (or powdered sugar), and vanilla extract are combined in a mixing basin to make normal whipped cream. Use an electric mixer to beat until peaks form. Smaller peaks signify fewer air bubbles, resulting in softer whipped cream that will drip and pool slowly. Longer whipping will result in larger peaks, which will help the whipped cream maintain its shape longer.
Have supper with whipped cream.
Since whipped cream isn’t only for desserts, National Whipped Cream Day is the ideal time to experiment and try something new. Take a buddy out to taste a meal at a neighborhood restaurant if it has savory whipped cream on it! Alternatively, have a dinner party for a buddy at your house and prepare the topping yourself. Many soups go well with a dollop of salted whipped cream, or you could infuse your whipped cream with herbs for a light addition to your preferred pasta dish.