Whipped Cream - Just got a can of it! It's dessert time....
November 17, 2021 8:21 PM   Subscribe

...except I've actually never made a whipped cream dessert lol. But I'm not a big fan of sweetness. What whipped cream dessert recipes have not so much sugar in them?
posted by storybored to Food & Drink (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
For me, whipped cream on top of fresh berries is really all I need...
posted by primethyme at 8:23 PM on November 17 [10 favorites]

Try a nice sploot or 4 on your cup of hot coffee.
posted by phunniemee at 8:37 PM on November 17 [2 favorites]

The fruit salad my mom made at holidays was just apples, oranges, grapes, and bananas cut into bite-size pieces stirred up with whipped cream. It's very good, and you can decide how much sugar, if any, you want to add to the whipped cream.
posted by Orlop at 9:21 PM on November 17 [3 favorites]

For the life of me I cannot remember this recipe, but my grandmother used to make a dark chocolate mousse, and top it with whipped cream. i remember it being velvety and rich and definitely chocolatey, but it didn't have that overwhelming sweetness that some milk chocolates have. So, I'd recomend a dark chocolate mousse.

You can also have an Espresso con panna, which is a shot or two of espresso, which is then topped with whipped cream.
posted by spinifex23 at 9:29 PM on November 17

An unsweetened or lightly sweetened matcha with a bloop of whip is heavenly. If matcha isn't your thing a hot chocolate made with dark cocoa would also be good.
posted by ljesse at 10:00 PM on November 17

I've found canned whip cream is best as a topping- a squirt on fruit salad, icecream (I love the frozen cream bits), or other existing dessert.

Canned cream doesn't seem to have the structure/stability to work in a lot of creamed deserts, I've found it goes watery/gross if used for something like a chocolate ripple cake, pavlova, trifle, etc.

In short, think of it like a topping, not an ingredient. (Assuming the pressurized spray cream!)

I did enjoy spraying some straight into my mouth like a rebellious teen at a sleep over, so there's that option too.
posted by freethefeet at 10:17 PM on November 17 [16 favorites]

Put some in a small bowl. Mix in some cocoa powder. Instant chocolate mousse. Zero added sugar -- I'm assuming there's already too much sugar in your canned cream.
posted by amtho at 11:20 PM on November 17 [3 favorites]

You can make an apple pie with very little additional sugar, if you choose to. I love apple pie with cream.
posted by stillnocturnal at 12:12 AM on November 18

This isn't what you're looking for at all, but I find that for most whipped cream desserts, the sweetest part is the whipped cream itself -- unless you make homemade whipped cream, which is literally just cream and as much sugar as you want (which I put in about a teaspoon), and then whip it (with a mixer until it froths, or by hand if you're really into it!). I am the furthest person from "make it, don't buy it" but for whipped cream I make the exception.

Just a thought for next time around once you're done with the can :)
posted by knownassociate at 6:44 AM on November 18 [7 favorites]

I had a wonderful sundae on vacation once - they made a sundae out of fruit sorbets, which cut the sweetness. In my own case they used one scoop each of three different red fruits (raspberry, cherry, and red currant), but you could of course mix that up.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:43 AM on November 18 [1 favorite]

If you make your own whipped cream, you can add as much or as little sugar as you like. If you don't know how to do it, go to youtube and do a search for "how to make whipped cream". You don't even need a hand mixer. If you have a whisk and a big bowl, you can do it yourself.
Bon Appetit!
posted by cleverevans at 10:53 AM on November 18 [1 favorite]

If you don't like things too sweet, throw away the can of whipped cream and buy yourself some heavy cream, then whip that up instead (with a whisk in a stand mixer if you have one, or in a blender otherwise. I know it's theoretically possible to whip cream by hand but I certainly don't have the biceps or the patience for it.)

I make it with no sugar at all, just pure cream. The canned stuff is fun to squirt in your mouth and all, but the flavor is way too sweet for me.
posted by ook at 10:56 AM on November 18 [1 favorite]

I know it's theoretically possible to whip cream by hand but I certainly don't have the biceps or the patience for it.

Slightly off topic, but it hardly takes any effort at all! Early pandemic The Potate and I would often whip of a bowl of whipped cream with a smidge of sugar and cinnamon and top it over sliced strawberries.
posted by lizjohn at 1:20 PM on November 18

Y'all put sugar in whipped cream?? Honestly never heard of that before! (Brit)
posted by Cheerwell Maker at 3:21 PM on November 19 [1 favorite]

In German speaking parts you can buy vanilla sugar, which is basically sachets of about a table spoon of vanilla flavoured sugar intended for use in baking and desert making. My mother used to add a sachet of that to half a pint of cream to make whipped cream. Literally took a minute to whip with a hand mixer. This added a hint of sweetness and vanilla but it didn’t taste sweet.
posted by koahiatamadl at 5:52 AM on November 20

A member of my household likes it on Saltines.
posted by The corpse in the library at 1:09 PM on November 20

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