Thought you were finished with holiday sweets right? Not quite, as National Whip Cream Day is January 5th so you can indulge all you want on this day to celebrate this sweet topping that is so delicious with many drinks and deserts.
You may be wondering why this sweet treat has its own holiday and where was Whipped Cream first invented? Enjoy this short read about everyone's favorite desert topping and have fun sharing this nugget of gratifying knowledge at your next dinner or desert party.
Holiday Origins - At first thought, one wouldn’t think that the beginning of January would be suitable for celebrating whipped cream, but it makes a lot more sense when you realize that this day is celebrated on Aaron Lapin’s birthday. Who is Aaron Lapin? Mr. Lapin was the founder of Reddi-Wip, and he was born on January 5, 1914, in St. Louis, Missouri.
Mr. Lapin did not invent whipped cream but he did invent the popular whipped cream can dispenser for convenient, easy consumption and purchase at the grocery store instead of having whipped cream delivered door to door from the milkman. This holiday started getting celebrated in the early 1980s and it’s been celebrated ever since.
Where, When and by Who was Whipped Cream Invented?
If you guessed France you’re 100% correct as this luscious topping originated from France, where it is known as Crème a la Chantilly but has a tragic ending for the inventor.
Legend has it that Crème a la Chantilly was first invented in the 17th century by Francois Vatel, maitre d’hotel at the Chateau de Chantilly. At the Chateau de Chantilly, Vatel supervised a huge banquet for King Louis XIV and a reported 2000 guests, where he created the now famous cream for use in pastries. Sadly, Vatel would not be able to enjoy the later popularity of Chantilly cream. He committed suicide later that night, when he feared his fish would be served late.
The Chateau de Chantilly is a historic chateau in the town of Chantilly, France on the outskirts of Paris. The original mansion, built in 1528 was magnificent but was destroyed in the French Revolution. It was rebuilt in 1875 and is now a museum with impressive works of arts and grounds. The Chateau, grounds, gardens and stables are stunning and open to the public and they also offer courses in making Crème a la Chantilly so you can earn a diploma in Whipped Cream Making (not many people can boast about this) . They are part of the grand jewels of France's Cultural heritage. We highly recommend a day trip to Chantilly when visiting Paris and be sure to top off your visit by indulging in some Whipped Cream or Crème a la Chantilly where it was first invented. Hope you enjoyed this sweet tidbit of information.
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