Whipped cream is convenient to buy at the store, but it’s also supereasy to make at home. Plus, you’ll notice the difference in flavor. But when you’re at the store, ignoring that can of the premade stuff, which cream should you buy? Heavy cream or whipping cream? The answer may seem obvious, but it’s not the one you think.
Believe it or not, there’s a big distinction between heavy cream (also sometimes called heavy whipping cream) and regular whipping cream (which can be known as light whipping cream). The distinction is the fat content. And the amount of fat can be the difference between a failed whipped cream and a stable one.
In order for your cream to hold enough air and become properly whipped, it needs to be at least 30 percent milk fat. So the less milk fat there is, the more unstable your whipped cream becomes. Heavy cream contains 36 percent or more milk fat, while whipping cream contains 30 to 36 percent.