ICE CREAM FUN FACTS

  • Ice cream was first invented in 17th century China.

  • It takes 3 gallons of milk to produce 1 gallon of ice cream, meaning one cow can produce on average 2-3 gallons of ice cream per day! Over her entire lifetime, one cow can produce enough milk for 9,000 gallons of ice cream!

  • The average number of licks to finish a scoop of ice cream is 50

  • The country that consumes the most ice cream is the USA, followed by Australia then Norway.

  • The most popular flavor is vanilla, then chocolate

  • Chocolate ice cream was invented before vanilla

  • Vanilla was rare and exotic in the late 1700’s

  • Ice cream in America in the 1700’s was rare and enjoyed by high society

  • The first written ice cream recipe was found in a 1665 recipe book

  • Industrial ice cream production in the US began in 1851

  • The majority of Americans – around 90%, have ice cream in their freezers

  • Some of the strangest flavors found are: avocado, hot dog, garlic, chili, licorice, Stilton cheese, and bacon

  • Ice cream headaches or “brain freeze” is the result of the nerve endings in the roof of your mouth sending a message to your brain of the loss of heat

  • The tallest ice cream cone was over 9 feet tall in Italy

  • The average American eats 45.8 pints of ice cream a year

  • Chocolate syrup is the most popular ice cream topping

  • In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared July to be National Ice Cream Month.

  • The United States alone produces an average of 1.6 billion gallons of frozen dairy products a year.

  • Ice cream cones were invented in 1904 at World's Fair in St. Louis. There was a huge demand for ice creams and the vendors had to rush to nearby waffle stands to get help. Thus, together they made ice creams in cones and it still continues.

  • The perfect temperature for scooping ice cream is between 6 and 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

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