The 5th of January is Whipped Cream Day!
At first blush, it’s understandable if your first reaction is — what? The Christmas and New Year bingeing ended just four days ago, and already you’re saying let’s eat whipped fat now?
There’s actually a reason for it, though.
On this day in 1914, Aaron “Bunny” Lapin was born in St Louis, Missouri. In 1948, he invented the aerosal spray cream known still as “Reddi-Wip.” At the time, there had already been spray creams available for a few years, but you had to take the canisters back to the factory to get them refilled, and they were only available in a few places in Illinois. Bunny invented the convenient, single-use disposable can, and the rest is both kitchen and landfill history.
So, have a little whipped cream today in Bunny’s honour, and even though we know you normally wouldn’t, go on, make it whipped cream from a spray can. After all, it’s your kitchen, no one else is watching.
Literature & Lore
“It’s a marshmallow day in the winter,
When the snow comes to cover the ground.
It’s the time for play, it’s a whipped cream day,
And we wait for it the whole year round!”
— Lyrics by Carl Sigman; sung by Dean Martin.