Canned Whipped Cream Spiked With Booze Gives Kids a New Way to Get Drunk
It's alcohol. No, it's canned whipped cream. No, it's both -- two ways to get high in a little spray can of joy.
Dear God, the children! Won't someone think of the children?!
Not to worry. Less than two weeks after federal Food and Drug Administration cracked down on Four Loko, an "energy drink" that derives much of its energy from caffeine and alcohol, public health authorities now have their eye on whipped cream spiked with alcohol.
On their website, the creators of Whipped Lightning tout their product as "the world's first alcohol-infused whipped cream."
Not really. The Boston Herald reports Cream, a similarly intoxicating product, beat Whipped Lightning to the nation's liquor store.
But regardless of which product won the race, they both can cause trouble.
"They can get a significant amount of alcohol in one shot," Dr. Anita Barry, a director at the Boston Public Health Department, tells the Herald.
That they can. And probably will.
Whipped Lightning contains three times the amount of alcohol found in beer, ABC News reports. Cream, according to the Boston Herald, is 30-proof alcohol.
Regulators are concerned the manufacturers don't do enough to emphasis that their whipped cream can make you, in layman's terms, drunker'n a boiled owl.
An unnamed source with the Massachusetts Alcohol Beverages Control Commission tells the Herald regulators will be watching manufacturers closely to make sure they comply with all state laws. That includes laws regulating dairy products as well as alcohol.
One thing is certain: People, especially the younger crowd, like whipped cream and getting plowed. Now they can kill two birds, and some brain cells, with one stone.
"I'm amazed at the amount we've sold," Max Pendolari, a Boston liquor store manager, tells the Herald. "I thought these would be one of those kitschy things we pulled off the shelf in six months, but within the first week, we had already sold out the initial order."
The success might make Chris Guiher, chief executive of Kingfish Spirits of Cleveland, the makers of Cream, a little giddy himself. He dismisses any controversy, however, telling the Herald his product is distributed and marketed "responsibly."
Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor at Boston University's School of Public Health, isn't so sure.
"It's getting harder and harder to keep track of all the new boozy gimmicks," he tells the Herald, adding that he is writing a grant request to study what types of booze are being sold to whom and how brand liquor sales can be tracked. "What we need is a good surveillance system to be able to monitor these things."
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.