Whipped cream chargers, often referred to as “whippits,” “whippets,” or “hippie crack,” are steel cartridges filled with nitrous oxide (N2O) gas. This gas serves as a whipping agent that, when released into a whipped cream dispenser containing heavy cream, transforms the cream into a frothy, whipped state upon dispensing.
Usage in Culinary Applications
In the culinary world, these chargers are essential for creating fluffy and delicious whipped cream. When the nitrous oxide is released from the cartridge into the dispenser containing heavy cream, it aerates the cream, turning it into the whipped cream we commonly use as a topping for desserts, beverages, and more.
While the primary use of whipped cream chargers is for culinary purposes, it’s worth noting that nitrous oxide is also known as “laughing gas” and has been abused recreationally. Inhalation of N2O can produce effects such as analgesia, depersonalization, derealization, dizziness, euphoria, and sound distortion. It’s essential to use these chargers as intended and keep them out of the reach of children.
Whipped cream chargers are a convenient tool for culinary enthusiasts and professionals alike, allowing for the quick and efficient production of whipped cream. However, like all tools, they should be used responsibly and for their intended purpose.