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Reddi-Wip Whipped Cream: Zero Sugar, Non-Dairy & Barista

We admit to being a Reddi-Wip fan. The last time we looked, there were four varieties: Original, Fat Free, Extra Creamy and Chocolate. But now, the brand calls these four flavors the Classics. Reddi-Wip is on top of all the food and beverage trends. Now, beyond the Classics, there are:

  • Non-Dairy Reddi-Wip, in two varieties: almond milk and coconut milk (photo #1). They’re vegan and lactose free, but full of indulgent taste, says the brand.
  • Zero Sugar Reddi-Wip for the keto crowd and those of us who try to avoid sugar (photo #2). It has 0 grams of sugar, 0 carbs, 15 calories per serving, and is sweetened with sucralose (Splenda).
    For home baristas, there’s the Barista Line, with two options (both of which are used to top coffee drinks at Dunkin’ Donuts):

  • Nitro Coffee Creamer, infused with nitrogen for swirling layers of velvety texture and an extra creamy finish. One fan called it “the best thing since sliced bread.”
  • Sweet Foam Coffee Topper, lightly sweetened for a smooth layer of frothy, velvety foam. “It’s the best for sweet cream cold foam drinks at home” raves another fan. i
    The line is gluten free, certified kosher (dairy) by OU, and has no artificial flavors. For product details, head to
    Garnish any and all of your favorites: hot and cold beverages, pancakes and waffles, berries and stone fruits, sundaes and other desserts. (Consuming directly from the can is O.K., too.

    The only problem: Finding them! Our supermarket had only the Classics.

  • Amazon Fresh had both Non-Dairy and both Barista varieties.
  • We found Coconut Milk and the two Barista styles at Stop & Shop online.
  • We’re still on the hunt for Zero Sugar.
    Check with your online purveyors; otherwise, beg your store manager to bring them in.

    Then you’ll be ready for January 5th, National Whipped Cream Day.


    In the 1940s, during the food rationing days of World War II, Aaron S. “Bunny”* Lapin, a clothing salesman in St. Louis, invented a product called Sta-Whip, as a cream substitute. It was made from light cream and vegetable oil.

    He turned to selling Sta-Whip, which still had to be whipped in the kitchen.

    In 1946, the Crown Cork and Seal Company introduced the first seamless, lined and lithographed aerosol canister, the Spra-tainer. Mr. Lapin became one of its first customers, and Sta-Whip was packaged in the aerosol cans.

    In 1948 he invented Reddi-Wip, using real cream.

    Initially sold through milkmen in St. Louis. A great convenience food, distribution quickly expanded throughout the United States and Canada.

    A Whipped Cream Millionaire

    Within five years, Mr. Lapin was worth millions. Aerosol Age, a trade publication, wrote, “He bought Cadillacs two at a time and lived in Gloria Swanson’s furnished mansion in Hollywood” [source].

    Next, he developed a new nozzle more suitable for dispensing whipped cream: the fluted valve that creates a pattern and tilts to preserve the propellant (nitrous oxide, which easily infuses into the cream, whipping it as it comes out of the can). He received a patent for the nozzle in 1955.

    The iconic red-and-white label was designed in 1954. In 1998, Lapin received a mention in Time magazine as one of the century’s most influential inventors [source].

    Lapin sold the company in 1963. In the early 1980s, Amaretto and Butterscotch flavors were introduced, but didn’t take off.

    After several corporate owners, the brand is now owned by Conagra. It’s the number-two brand of whipped topping in the U.S., after Cool Whip.


    [1] Vegan and lactose free: Almond Milk Reddi-Wip and Coconut Milk Reddi-Wip.

    [2] Zero Sugar Reddi-Wip, sweetened with sucralose (i.e. Splenda; all photos © Reddi-Wip | Conagra Brands | Facebook).

    [3] The iconic can was designed in 1954. The whipped lemonade recipe is in the footnote† below.

    [4] It looks like scoops of ice cream, but there’s a surprise: thin wafer cookies under each scoop.


    *Lapin is the French word for rabbit, engendering the nickname “Bunny.”

    †Whipped Lemonade Recipe. Ingredients for 4 servings: 3 cups ice, 2 cups Reddi-Wip, 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk, 1/2 cup lemon juice, 4 lemon slices, additional Reddi-Wip to garnish. Pour the ice, Reddi-Wip, sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice into a blender and blend until mixture is slushy. Add up to 1/4-cup water if needed to help it blend. Pour the drink into glasses, garnish with lemon slices and top with Reddi-Wip.


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