Food & Nutrition

Best Cool Whip alternatives – products you can find in the UK which are very similar to the American whipped cream product

Published by Finn Hayden

Foodies will know that many of the recipes found online will actually be from chefs based in the United States. Usually, the only complication that arises from this is the conversion of pounds and cups into UK units, which is actually quite easy with online tools. But occasionally, a recipe from the States will require usage of an ingredient that you've never seen on a UK supermarket shelf.

Cool Whip is a food product which is often included in dessert recipes, and although it's a popular product in the USA, there is no Cool Whip available to buy in the UK. Fortunately, there are lots of alternatives to Cool Whip here in the UK, so you can follow any American recipe you find online. We've rounded up the best alternatives we've found, let's take a look:

Dream Whip

It's not quite cool whip, but it is sweet, thick and perfect to bake with. The Kraft 'Dream whip' is very slightly different to the cool whip and can be used for very similar reasons. As an alternative for cool whip it may work in the short term, but in all honesty, some of the selections below may actually be a better way to go.

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Dream Whip


Despite being a whipped product, Cool Whip actually has quite a thick consistency. It's often used as a cheesecake topping, and that's why we think mascarpone works as a great alternative. It has a similar sort of thickness and taste, with Cool Whip being slightly sweeter. But you can easily make the mascarpone taste more like Cool Whip by adding some sugar.

Mascarpone is available from most highstreet shops, but there are a few options on too.


Bird's Dream Topping

Bird's Dream Topping is one of those products that, unless you've tried it, you probably have no idea what it is. And to be honest, we're not sure either. It's a bit like a cross between Angel Delight and cream, which makes it an ideal Cool Whip alternative. Cool Whip is often used as a substitute for whipping cream, and that's exactly what Bird's Dream Topping is supposed to be used for, making it perfect to use instead.

Birds Dream Topping

Double Cream (whipped)

The thicker consistency of double cream makes it quite similar to Cool Whip, but you really have to whip double cream for it to be a suitable alternative. This is relatively easy to do and well worth the effort if you have a few minutes to do it by hand.

Double Cream

Whipped cream cheese

We included this whipped cream cheese in our guide to the best cream cheese to use for cheesecake, because it has a very light and airy texture which makes it for certain types of cheesecake. This light texture also makes whipped cream cheese an excellent alternative to Cool Whip. It's a bit harder to find this product compared to some of the others in this list, but it's well worth the effort.

Whipped cream cheese

Hopefully, this guide helps you to find a great alternative to Cool Whip. Let us know if you have any other suggestions!

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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