Homemade Whipped Cream

Once upon a time in the not so distant past . . .

. . . there was no such thing as Cool Whip. Whatever did the people do without Cool Whip?

{ Hint: They made their own. And it was good. }

Cool Whip came on the scene in 1967 and was marketed as a non-dairy whipped topping. From a marketing standpoint, this was a quite a breakthrough as the product was sold in a frozen state which offered convenience for the consumer and a longer shelf life for the retailers.

Since that time, good cooks everywhere have grown forgetful of how easy it really is to make homemade whipped cream. It only takes a minute or two of beating the liquid heavy whipping cream with your electric mixer.

How to make homemade whipping cream

The ingredients of Cool Whip as listed on Wikipedia include hydrogenated vegetable oil, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial flavors. The ingredient list on the side of the carton of heavy whipping cream is much shorter. It simply says: Heavy Cream.

Homemade Whipped Cream

The heavy whipping cream is sold in a carton in the refrigerated dairy case near the milk and creamers. It is in a liquid form which you then beat at a high speed until it thickens. I use the 8 oz carton available at my local Meijer grocery store.

Here’s how to do it:

Homemade Whipped Cream Recipe

8 oz carton of Heavy Whipping Cream
1 Tablespoon Sugar
A splash of Vanilla Extract

Pour the heavy whipping cream into the mixing bowl. Add the sugar and the vanilla extract. Beat with your electric mixer at high speed until the mixture thickens and soft peaks begin to form. This should only take a minute or two.

(I also chill my mixing bowl and beaters before beating the cream, however, I have read recipes that do not call for that step.)

Put a dollop on your pie or cake or apple crisp – and enjoy!

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  1. I love it. Should try chilling the bowl!

    For the record, whipping cream does not freeze well. I got a bunch a couple of years ago on sale at the end of its shelf life and it only chunked up when I defrosted it and tried adding it to coffee or making ice cream out of it.
    Lesson learned.