What's the Difference Between Heavy & Whipping Creams?

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Q: What the difference between heavy cream and whipping cream? Can't I just beat heavy cream into whipped cream?

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Editor: Brian, technically there is slightly more fat in heavy cream than in whipping cream (38% vs. 35%). But both are equally good for making whipped cream. Here are more details on the differences between heavy cream, light cream, half and half, whipping cream, and more.

What's the Difference? Half-and-Half, Light Cream, Heavy Cream, and Whipping Cream

Related: Whipping Cream or Egg Whites: Soft, Firm, and Stiff Peaks - A Visual Guide

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