Cool Whip

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Cool Whip
The current Cool Whip logo.
Product type Whipped topping
Owner Kraft Heinz
Country U.S.
Introduced 1966
Markets Worldwide
Previous owners General Foods
Kraft General Foods
Kraft Foods

Cool Whip is a brand of imitation whipped cream, referred to as whipped topping by its manufacturer. It is used in North America as a dessert topping and in some no-bake pie recipes. It was originally described as "non-dairy" as it contained neither cream nor milk and no lactose; however, it did contain the milk derivative caseinate.


Pumpkin pie topped with Cool Whip

Cool Whip was introduced in 1966 by the Birds Eye division of General Foods. Within two years of introduction, it became the largest and most profitable product in the Birds Eye line of products. General Foods later merged with Kraft Foods and Philip Morris, eventually becoming part of Altria Group until the spin-off of Kraft Foods from Altria in 2006. In July 2015, Kraft merged with Heinz to be known as the Kraft Heinz Company. Cool Whip is now the most consumed brand of whipped topping in the U.S.[1]

Cool Whip was created in 1966 by George Lorant, a food scientist at General Foods.[2] The key advantage of the invention was that it was a whipped cream-like product that could be distributed in a frozen state by grocery chains and kept in the consumer's refrigerator.

Cool Whip is manufactured in Avon, NY for the United States and Canadian markets.[3] It is sold in 8 oz. (226 g) and larger plastic tubs produced by Berry Plastics, is distributed through grocery outlets in a frozen state, and is refrigerated in the home prior to serving. Each nine gram serving provides 25 kcal (105 kJ) energy of which 1.5 g or 15 kcal (63 kJ) are fat.

The varieties currently[when?] sold are Original, Extra Creamy[4], Light, Free (fat-free),[5] and Sugar-Free (made with nutra sweet). In Canada, the Fat-Free variety is labeled as Ultra-low Fat.[when?]

Seasonal flavors include french vanilla, chocolate, and sweet cinnamon, all introduced in 2011; strawberry; peppermint, introduced in 2016[6]; and cheesecake, introduced in 2017[7].

To date, Cool Whip is one of the most preferred whipped topping brands in the USA. A survey conducted in early 2015 across 24,000 American households evaluated consumption of whipped topping brands between 2011 and early 2015. The results determined that Cool Whip was the preferred whipped topping product, accounting for nearly 45% of respondents for all periods in the survey. Reddi-wip (whipped cream in an aerosol can) was a distant second in this survey, showing an 18% preference from survey respondents.[8]


Cool Whip Original is made of water, hydrogenated vegetable oil (including coconut and palm oils), high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, skimmed milk, light cream, less than 2% sodium caseinate (a milk derivative), natural and artificial flavor, xanthan and guar gums, polysorbate 60, sorbitan monostearate, and beta carotene (as a coloring).[9] Only in Canada is Cool Whip produced and is available in an aerosol can using nitrous oxide as a propellant.[citation needed]

Cool Whip was formerly marketed as non-dairy, but in Jewish dietary traditions, Cool Whip was classified as dairy rather than parve (non-meat and non-dairy) because of the sodium caseinate (which is derived from milk).

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  1. ^ "U.S.: Most eaten brands of whipped topping (cream type) 2011-2014". Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  2. ^, Mark (November 2004). "Tastemaker With a Sweet Tooth". The Atlantic. 
  3. ^ "Kraft Tells Schumer That Cool Whip Plant In Avon Is Unlikely To Close". Archived from the original on January 11, 2009. 
  4. ^ Burros, Marian (25 August 1982). "Food notes". New York Times. This new Cool Whip has been joined by another version described as extra-creamy dairy recipe. 
  5. ^ McKay, Gretchen (11 May 2016). "Cool Whip: Still cool after 50 years". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In the ’90s, when dieting was all the rage, it launched its Cool Whip Lite and Cool Whip Free products. 
  6. ^ Schouten, Rebekah (4 Nov 2016). "Slideshow: New limited edition products from General Mills, Kraft Heinz, Hershey". Food Business News. The Kraft Heinz Co. is giving Cool Whip a wintry makeover with its new limited edition Peppermint Cool Whip. 
  7. ^ Sherman, Elizabeth (24 May 2017). "Cheesecake-Flavored Cool Whip Is a Real Thing You Can Buy". Food & Wine. 
  8. ^ "U.S. households: Most eaten brands of whipped topping (cream type) from 2011 to 2015". 2015. 
  9. ^ "Cool Whip". Kraft Foods. Retrieved 2008.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)


  • William Shurtleff, Akiko Aoyagi, Coffee Creamer, Cottage Cheese, and Icing/Frosting (1900-2013), Bibliography And Sourcebook, SoyInfo Center, 2013 PDF

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