Deep breaths: There is currently a nationwide shortage of canned whipped cream, just in time for the dessert-filled holiday season.
The whipped cream shortage reportedly stems from a fatal explosion at a plant that manufactures nitrous oxide, the chemical compound used to aerosolize the stuff inside of spray cans. According to the Chicago Tribune, Reddi-wip manufacturer Conagra Brands announced that supply in stores is limited and recommended that people buy their favorite pie-topper early this year in preparation for holiday baking.
To be clear, nitrous oxide is used in everything sprayed from a can, so other whipped cream brands will also likely be affected. It’s also used in medicine (you may recognize it by the name “laughing gas”) so naturally, remaining supplies of nitrous oxide are being reserved for medical purposed.
According to Eater, Reddi-wip is working to find a solution, but in the meantime, gone are the days of this:
So excuse us, we’re just going to drown our sorrows by diving headfirst into a vat of whipped cre—oh wait. Never mind.