Alcoholic Whipped Cream Causes Concern

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A new alcohol-infused whipped cream, called Whipped Lightning, is grabbing the attention of students on college campuses, but some argue the sweet treat could also pose a dangerous threat.

From the outside, it looks like a regular can of whipped cream. But it's what's inside that has students really buzzing.

"I think it's awesome, you can throw it on some Jell-O shots, it'd be fantastic," University of Central Florida student Bo Frisby said.

Whipped Lightning is the latest boozy thrill on college campuses. The new cocktail topping comes in different flavors like caramel, strawberry colada and chocolate.

The alcohol-flavored topping isn't kept in the frozen dairy section of the local supermarket, but on liquor store shelves. It contains about 15 percent alcohol, which is a little more that what's found in most wines and about three times more than most beers.

That allows students to get extremely intoxicated without realizing how much they've consumed.

"Even regular whipped cream is something people don't use in moderation. Alcoholic whipped cream? I don't know if that would be a good idea," UCF student Lisette Diaz said.

Liquor stores near the campus of the University of Central Florida said the new form of booze is extremely popular.

"I'm not surprised, it's college. I'm not surprised at all actually. I'm actually shocked they didn't come up with it sooner," UCF student John Washington said.

Critics say mixing alcohol with something that's considered dessert is not a good idea.

"I mean, if people already get high off whipped cream bottles, you put alcohol into that mix, it's not exactly a good combination," Diaz said.

The makers of the whipped cream say they have been responsible in marketing the boozy topping, saying it's not aimed at young drinkers, but alcohol regulators are keeping a watchful eye on the product.

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