The Strange Name Whip Cream Had Once!

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You may be familiar with French fries being referred to as "chips" in the United Kingdom and hot dogs being called "frankfurters" everywhere.

Australians call sprinkles "hundreds and thousands," and cotton candy is "candy floss" in South Africa and Pakistan and "fairy floss" in Australia and New Zealand.

For millennia, people have used a variety of names to refer to whipped cream. In modern times, the British have taken to calling it "squirty cream."

Sweet whipped cream has been used for a very long time. Evidence of its use in European cooking dates back to the 16th century.

With such a long history comes a bevy of nicknames, many of them weird, but we think the old French name is the most peculiar of them all.

The Strange French Name!

The term "whipped cream" did not appear until 1673. "Milk snow," or "neige de lait" in French and "neve di latte" in Italian, was the more common term.

The modern invention of whipped cream is similar to an old English dish called "A Dyschefull of Snowe."

Whether you prefer to suck fresh whipped cream off a spoon or slurp a canful of the stuff, this is how most of us still eat it today.

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