HUFFINGTON POST
01/05/2011 03:06 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

National Whipped Cream Day Spurs Sales, Criticism

National Whipped Cream Day is today!

The holiday, which falls on the birthday of Reddi-wip founder Aaron "Bunny" Lapin, celebrates the ice cream topper, and its contribution to the dessert world. While whipped cream existed long before Lapin, it wasn't until 1946 and the invention of the aerosol canister that the treat took off as many know it to be today. Lapin died in July 1999.

Reddi-wip now sells half of the canned whipped cream in the US, according to the New York Times.

In honor of their founder Reddi-wip is offering a $0.50 coupon on their website, for those in need of cream to celebrate. While major chains like Starbucks aren't acknowledging the day in any special manner, many smaller cafes and restaurants are, such as Sertino's Cafe in Emerson, NJ, which is offering a half-off special on any treat containing whipped cream.

However, not everyone is celebrating Nation Whipped Cream Day as joyously as Reddi-wip enthusiasts. World hunger activists seem a bit offended, considering it a celebration of opulence.

The holiday is being considered insensitive by many tweeters, according to AOL News' Steven Hoffer. Many consider the holiday in bad taste, given the state of malnutrition in the world.