This Whipped Cream Shortage Is The Cherry On Top Of This Trash Fire Year

As if we needed one more reason to beg for mercy from 2016, apparently we're almost out of whipped cream. Yes, all of us. 

America is bracing for a national whipped cream shortage just in time for the holidays following an explosion at a major nitrous oxide plant. Nitrous oxide is the gas used to make aerosol cans of whipped cream.

In the wake of the explosion at the Florida plant, chains like coffee shop Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf have admitted that some of their holiday drinks may be served without whipped cream, while some grocery stores have already put up signs signaling the shortage.  

A spokesperson for Conagra, the parent company of popular whipped cream brand Reddi-wip, told the Boston Globe that shoppers should “stock up early,” since a full supply will only be “up and running by February.”

Not all hope is lost, however – assuming you’re willing to put in the work for everyone’s favorite dessert topper. Heavy whipping cream remains in abundant supply at grocery stores, meaning you can always make your own with a little extra effort. 

h/t Time, Boston Globe.

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