This taste really close to cool-whip and it doesn't have all the stupid stuff in it. It does take a little planning ahead but not much. It works great in recipes calling for cool-whip and as a dessert topping. Plus it is a lot cheaper to make and it uses stuff most of us already have in our pantry.
Start by placing your mixing bowl and beaters in the freezer.
I put some ice in a measuring cup and add enough water to make 1/2 a cup ( make sure it is crushed or small pieces of ice).
Put 2 tsp cold water in a small bowl. Add 1 tsp unflavored gelatin.
Put 3 Tbl of water in a small sauce pan. Start to warm it then
add the gelatin mixture and bring to a boil until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Let cool to room temperature before using. I put mine in the freezer for a few minutes to cool it off. If you forget and leave it to long and it gets solid just reheat. (Which I seem to do a lot ha ha)
Get your bowl and beaters from the freezer. Add your 1/2 cup ice water, and 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk.
Beat on high speed until stiff peaks form.
Keep beating and add 4 Tbls of sugar, gelatin, 3 Tbls of oil, ( vegetable, coconut, or olive)and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix well.
Place in the freezer for about 10 to 15 minutes. If not using right away place in the fridge until ready to use. Stir before using.
The colder everything is the faster it will whip up.
You can add a different flavor of extract to go with what ever you are putting it in.
I remember my Mom, when I was younger she would whip up powdered milk ,water and sugar to make a whipped topping.
So any way, one more thing you don't need to go to the store for.