The holidays are all about hot chocolate and whipped cream with peppermint sticks. However, this holiday season people may need to leave out the whipped cream, especially with the shortage that consumers are about to encounter.
A recent explosion at a Florida factory means that there will be a whipped cream deficit, reports The Daily Caller.
Those that want whipped cream on their holiday treats will need to whip it by hand or just skip it because local stores will not have the aerosol cans in stock. This nationwide shortage is due to a fatal explosion that occurred at a nitrous oxide plant back in August. Only now are consumers seeing the effects of that explosion.
Reddi-Whip the Hardest Hit
Reddi-Whip is by far the biggest brand to suffer from the shortage, says NBC DFW 5. The Chicago-based company makes their Reddi-Whip aerosol cans that are easy to spray just about anything with a dollop of whipped cream.
However, due to the limited supply of nitrous oxide, Reddi-Whip will equally have a limited amount of whipped cream canisters to go around.
This industrywide shortage is since the propellant is the main ingredient for aerosol topping cans.
ConAgra Brands has already released a statement that stores will have the product in stock, but some stores may have limited supply and others will sell out fast and not receive another shipment until ConAgra receives their nitrous oxide.
Redid-Whip’s makers are encouraging customers to buy now and avoid the holiday rush. They suspect the closer it gets to Christmas; the fewer cans will be in stock. The shortage will hit all brands of food products that rely on nitrous oxide — not just whipped cream.
Coffee Shops Have to Forgo the Whip
Coffee shops like Starbucks and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf must serve their favorite holiday lattes without whipped cream, reports Time. Some are already noticing the shortage because they have run completely out of their “whip” option for customers.
Stores that sell pies with whipped cream on top will also no longer be able to do so until the shortage stops. While they can whip and pipe their own, some stores may not afford the time loss to do so; therefore, they will simply serve up their pies without the side of whipped cream.
Not a Shortage of Heavy Whipping Cream
It is important for consumers to realize that the shortage merely affects canisters of ready-to-use products. This doesn’t impact the heavy whipping cream sold in stores. For those that need a dose of whipped cream to top their holiday dishes, all it takes is a container of heavy whipping cream, a wire whisk, and a little elbow grease to make whipped cream at home.
Naturally, homemade will take a little longer and indeed require a sweat, but it must do for those that just cannot live without whipped cream for the holidays.