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Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 11/29/2010

Forget Four Loko: Alcoholic whipped cream is latest drinking trend

By Jenna Johnson
Jenna Johnson

And now we have alcoholic whipped cream. ... What haven't manufacturers mixed with alcohol?

Last week, I heard about the company Whipped Lightning, which produces cans of Whipahol in at least nine flavors, including hazelnut espresso and white chocolate raspberry. "Whipped cream's not just for kids anymore, it's all about style & sophistication," the company's Web site says, in addition to suggesting that drinkers add a puff of their product to fancy martinis or elaborate desserts.

MacadamiaThumb.jpgCinnamonThumb.jpgRight. I am sure college students are going to plunk down around $12.99 for a can of whipped cream with a high alcohol content because they want to add a classy puff of alcoholic fluff to the top of a German Chocolate eight-layer cake.

Maybe they will decorate a Jello shot. Maybe.

Last week, I had just wrapped up writing about the bitter end of Four Loko -- and other alcoholic energy drinks now banned by the government -- when college students and 20-somethings started telling me about Whipahol.

"It's all the rage ... and classy, of course," a friend told me via Facebook. "oh i've had whipahol ... so gross. it doesn't need to be refrigerated!" another friend chimed in. "People are starting to make it a big deal like Four Loko," an upperclassman told me in an e-mail.

University of Central Florida students are buying up the cans of loaded cream, according to WFTV Channel 9 in Orlando, and at least one student was "actually shocked they didn't come up with it sooner."

In Boston, a similar product called Canisters of Cream are gaining popularity with college students, The Boston Herald reported, and a Boston University professor has suggested a "good surveillance system" to keep track of the latest alcohol trends that keep popping up.

Has anyone tried this stuff? Is it something college officials should look out for? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.

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By Jenna Johnson  | November 29, 2010; 12:03 PM ET
Categories:  Night Life  | Tags:  Four Loko, University of Central Florida, Whipahol  
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Comments

Inhalants plus alcohol? Part of me is glad I don't have kids, but the part of me that is planning to have them in the next few years is appalled to consider what they will have come up with by the time my kids get to college.

Eh, inhalants and stupidity only kill the weak brain cells, right?

Posted by: capecodner424 | November 29, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Your story shares a link to an Orlando news station and a sory about UCF students buying the product. Yet the company's web site says their products are not yet available in Florida. Maybe someone other than students is trying this stuff.

Posted by: tevans1 | December 3, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

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