Heavy Cream vs. Whipping Cream

Ever wonder which cream is the best pie topper? How about whether or not you can swap one cream for another? We'll give you the skinny on these dairy dilemmas and more in our heavy cream vs. whipping cream showdown.


[MUSIC] What's the difference between heavy cream and whipping cream? In a word, fat. Heavy cream has a higher fat content than whipping cream. All cream contains at least 30% milk fat, but heavy cream must be at least 36% milk fat, and some premium brands contain as much as 40%. Good trivia, right? But what does all that mean when you're in the kitchen cooking? A higher percentage of fat means a thicker, less watery cream, which is usually better for cooking because it will thicken quicker when simmered. Both creams can be whipped. But because whipping cream has less fat it's got a lighter, more billowy texture. It will also deflate faster than heavy cream. So if you'd like to frost a cake or pipe decorations, heavy cream will stay stiffer longer. In the end, don't stress about which one you're using. We tend to buy heavy cream in the test kitchen because we think it's a better all purpose product, but both will work just fine if you're in a pinch.
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