If you had picnics or barbecues this Labor Day weekend, after the appetizers and main course, you savored cakes and pies and ice cream for dessert, all topped with generous helpings of, yes, whipped cream. C’mon, ’fess up. You know you did.

The frenzy over whipped cream was one of New York State’s biggest-hyped controversies in a long time. When reports came out that grocery store customers would be carded before they could buy cans of Reddi-Whip, the state’s most seasoned journalists got their backs up and their quills sharpened, determined to wield the power of the press against this outrage. “Has the state overreacted to a minor problem?” Columbia-Greene Media publisher Alec Johnson wrote in an email to his newspapers. “ID now required to buy whipped cream? What is next, age 21 to pump gas because some people might take a sniff?”

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