In 1946 Aaron "Bunny" Lapin figured out how to put whipping cream into a single use aerosol canister and make whipped cream. In so doing Reddi-wip was born and he became a multi-millionaire. National Whipped Cream day commemorates his birth in 1914.
Anyone who knows me well, knows that I have a weakness for whipped cream. If a dessert menu has berries and cream (whipped or otherwise) as an offering, I will be ordering it. If you are sharing a dessert with me it is likely that I will steal all of the whipped cream while you aren't looking and leave you that lovely looking pie. The girls from supper club know they can call me at the last minute and request that I bring some "whippy" to top whatever marvelous dessert they have whipped up because I have a spare can in the fridge.
Yes, fresh hand whipped cream is the best but as a single girl (watching my figure) keeping a canister of aerosol whipped cream in the fridge is much simpler and allows me to indulge a little more often then if I had to wait for partners in crime or eat the whole carton of cream before it spoils. So, thank you Mr. Lapin for figuring out an easy way for me to have whipped cream on hand at all times. Now, I prefer Cabot because it doesn't have high fructose corn syrup in it (no matter what the corn lobbyist people tell me, I don't think that counts as food).
For a quick little celebration of National Whipped Cream Day, I sauteed up some apple slices in some lemon flavored olive oil with a teaspoon of sugar. [Do you all have these olive oil/balsamic vinegar stores where you live? We have two that I know of around here Olio [review here]and the other is Ah Love Oil & Vinegar. Is this the new thing?] Sprinkled the soft, warm apples with some chopped up walnuts and served them with a side of whipped cream. A wonderful semi healthy dessert to celebrate!
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