Is Heavy Whipping Cream Gluten Free?

Last Updated on April 19, 2022

Today, we’re going to be answering the question: is heavy whipping cream gluten free? And taking a look at the best gluten-free whipping cream brands you may like to use when making whipped cream. But does whipping cream ever contain gluten? What’s the difference between heavy cream and heavy whipping cream? We’ll be answering all of these questions today.

What Is Heavy Whipping Cream?

Heavy whipping cream gets its name because it’s made using the highest fat part of fresh milk. It’s made by leaving milk to stand and scraping the heavy cream that rises to the top. Heavy whipping cream can contain as much as 40% fat! Heavy whipping cream is the highest in fat; more so than any other cream – but that’s probably what makes it so delicious!

Ingredients In Heavy Whipping Cream

The only ingredient in heavy whipping cream is milk. There are not usually any additives – and when there are, they will almost always be gluten-free.


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Gluten Free Heavy Whipping Cream Brands

It’s almost impossible to find heavy whipping cream that carries a gluten-free label. This is because it’s considered a naturally gluten-free product. However, if you’re looking for recommendations – then look no further! These are my go-to choices when it comes to heavy whipping cream.

Silk

Silk is a dairy-free heavy whipping cream alternative, which I thought may be helpful to those who have more than one allergy or are vegan. It’s also non-GMO and keto-friendly. The ingredients in this heavy whipping cream are obviously different from your typical cream, so let’s take a look.

The ingredients are:

  • filtered water
  • coconut oil
  • sunflower oil
  • faba bean protein
  • guar gum
  • sunflower lecithin
  • natural flavors

You can usually find this alternative in stores such as Walmart for around $4.

https://silk.com/plant-based-products/creamer/dairy-free-heavy-whipping-cream-alternative/

Horizon Organic

Horizon Organic Heavy Whipping Cream is great if you shop for simply organic produce. It’s rich, creamy, non-GMO and of course, naturally gluten-free. You can find this ultra-pasteurized cream in stores such as Walmart for around $4.

The only ingredients in this product are:

  • grade A organic cream
  • gellan gum
https://horizon.com/organic-dairy-products/organic-heavy-whipping-cream/organic-heavy-whipping-cream/

Land O Lakes

This Land O Lakes Heavy Whipping Cream is another great gluten-free option. This is a farmer-owned brand and you can pick up a pint of this delicious cream for around $3 in stores such as Walmart.

The ingredients in this product are:

  • heavy cream
  • skim milk
  • mono and diglycerides
  • polysorbate 80
  • carrageenan
https://www.landolakes.com/products/whipping-cream-and-half-half/heavy-whipping-cream/

Great Value

The cheapest option is Great Value Whipping Cream from Walmart – and yes, it’s gluten-free. And they actually label this in their description of the product! It’s just over $3 for 32oz and even comes in a bigger size too.

The ingredients in this product are:

  • heavy cream
  • milk
  • mono and diglycerides
  • polysorbate 80
  • carrageenan

You can find all of the heavy whipping creams we’ve looked at today here.

Ways To Use Heavy Whipping Cream

There are a ton of ways to use heavy whipping cream in your cooking or baking – and they may not even be ways you’ve thought of. But they will really enhance any recipe you’re making, so let’s take a look.

  • pasta sauce (will make it extra thick and extra creamy)
  • soup
  • scrambled eggs (adding whipping cream to eggs is a game-changer for breakfast time!)
  • whipped cream for pies and puddings (but of course, you probably already knew that one)
  • flavored coffee creamer (maple syrup and heavy cream in a coffee – yum)
  • sauces
  • mashed potatoes (the key to perfect mashed potatoes is a drop of heavy whipping cream)
  • salad dressings

salad dressings

Learn more about: Do Salad Dressings Have Gluten?

What’s The Difference Between Dairy Products?

You may be wondering what the difference is when it comes to dairy products – how do we differentiate between them? Well, it all comes down to the fat content in each product. Let’s take a closer look.

  • whole milk – contains 4% fat
  • half and half – contains 12% fat
  • light cream – contains 20% fat
  • whipping cream – contains 30%-34% fat
  • heavy whipping cream – contains 35%-40% fat

And that really is the only difference between dairy products!

Conclusion

I hope this article has helped to answer the question: is heavy whipping cream gluten-free? And helped to find the perfect whipping cream for you. No matter what you’re adding heavy whipping cream to, it’s sure to make it even more delicious.

Do you know of any other gluten-free whipping cream brands that didn’t make the list? Or think of any other ways to use heavy cream in cooking? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring!

FAQs

Can Celiacs Eat Heavy Cream?

Absolutely. In fact, most brands do not feel the need to label their products as gluten free, as heavy cream is considered a naturally gluten free food. Some celiacs may not feel comfortable consuming foods that are not labelled gluten free due to cross contact (this is when a non-gluten containing food comes into contact with gluten during manufacturing). However, heavy cream is widely considered safe for a gluten free lifestyle.

Does Whipping Cream Have Gluten?

No. I won't say "never", but I've never come across a whipping cream that contains gluten. And as cream is considered a naturally gluten free food, it's highly unlikely to ever contain gluten - which is great news for us! 

What’s the Difference Between Heavy Cream and Heavy Whipping Cream?

The answer is...nothing! That's right, heavy cream and heavy whipping cream are the same product. They're both incredibly thick and are great at keeping their shape. And they both have a fat content of over 36%, which makes them essentially the same product. So whether you know it by heavy cream, or heavy whipping cream - it's still the same delicious product.

What Can I Replace Heavy Whipping Cream With?

There are many ways to substitute heavy whipping cream in a recipe. Why not try one of the following? Milk and butter (3/4 cup of milk and 1/4 cup of melted butter) is the easiest substitute that you'll likely have already at home. But some other substitutes are coconut milk, sour cream...and even yoghurt!