It's holiday baking season, so canned whipped cream was already in high demand, even before the tragic explosion at a Florida nitrous oxide plant, which put a stopper on production.
The Chicago Tribune reports that canned whipped cream varieties, such as Reddi-Wip are now in short supply. The Reddi-Wip manufacturer, ConAgra Brands, verified that the shortage is due to not having enough nitrous oxide to get cans to spray like we love for them to do.
If you want to make sure to get your hands on a can of whipped cream before it sells out, Reddi-Wip urges you to hurry and grab it while it's early. Otherwise you'll be out of luck because of the holiday season. Try not to be too fearful, however. According to Eater, ConAgra is working to find a solution to this nitrous oxide problem. There's got to be something else they can use, right?
In case you aren't familiar, nitrous oxide is better known as laughing gas, and what's currently left of it is being saved for medical purposes, such as dental procedures. Call me crazy, but I'd rather have it when I'm getting root canals than have it fueling the whipped cream dispenser into my hot cocoa. You can just buy the kind that comes in a tub, right? Or make your own! That could taste better anyway.
A popular New England grocery store, called Market Basket, has announced that there will be a minimal supply of canned whipped cream due to the nitrous oxide shortage, and that it will last for more than a week while we look to Europe to find more of that oh-so-fun gas. If the shortage truly only lasts a week or two, I think we'll survive it. Sure, it's a terrible ordeal for those of us who were really looking forward to spraying it on all of our holiday desserts, but at least it's not forever!
Just take a deep breath and deal with the tub for now. We'll all need the comfort of our hot chocolate and holiday pies regardless of the Reddi-Wip shortage.