18 Fun Facts for National Ice Cream Month
It’s National Ice Cream month, originally designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1984.. Other than eating ice-cream (my favorite flavor is chocolate – the chocolatier the better), I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with these fun facts.
- America spent about $10 billion on ice-cream in 2010. Americans eat more ice-cream than anyone else in the world, averaging 48 pints a year.
- Most ice-cream companies are family owned businesses which have operated for more than 50 years.
- Most of America’s ice-cream is produced in the middle of the country.
- In 2011, the industry produced 1.53 billion gallons of ice cream and frozen desserts.
- June is the month when most ice-cream is produced.
- You need about 12 pounds of milk to make a gallon of ice-cream.
- When it comes to favorite flavors, vanilla is still America’s sweethear, though Chocolate, Strawberry, Mint Chocolate Chip and Cookies and Cream are also popular.
- For ice cream to be ice cream it must have at least 10% milk fat, according to federal law.
- Alexander the Great enjoyed a mixture of honey and nectar flavored snow and ice – perhaps this was the first ice cream?
- Marco Polo discovered something similar to sherbet while on his travels.
- The Italians may not have been the first to discover ice cream as people were also eating it in England in the 16th century.
- Ice cream was once known as cream ice.
- Ice cream was first advertised in America in 1777.
- President George Washington loved ice cream, spending around $200 on the dessert in summer 1790.
- Ice cream was only eaten by the rich until ice houses were invented around 1800.
- The ice cream sundae was invented in 1874. It was originally a special ice cream soda eaten on Sundays.
- The invention of the ice cream cone is said to date back to 1904 when a vendor at the World’s Fair in St. Louis got a waffle seller to roll waffles into cones as he had run out of dishes. But it seems that that is a myth and the cone was actually invented by an ice-cream seller from New York in 1896.
- You need to lick a one-scoop cone about 50 times to finish all the ice cream.
What’s your favorite ice-cream flavor?
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