The Straight Scoop on Ice Cream - Fun facts about ice cream and other stuff you didn’t know about the world’s favorite frozen treat. Purina FrostyPaws

The Straight Scoop on Ice Cream

Fun facts about ice cream and other stuff you didn’t know about the world’s favorite frozen treat.

THE COOLEST DESSERT IN HISTORY

  • 5th Century, B.C.: Ancient Greeks enjoy a dessert similar to ice cream.
  • 1300s: Marco Polo brings an early form of ice cream to Europe.
  • 1700s: Ice cream is introduced to America as a delicacy enjoyed by high society.
  • 1776: America’s first ice cream parlor opens its doors in New York.
  • 1840s: The ice cream churn is invented.
  • 1851: The first ice cream plant is opened.
  • 1880s: The ice cream sundae is born.
  • 1904: The waffle cone reportedly makes its debut at the World's Fair in St. Louis, MO.
  • 1929: Rocky Road becomes the first widely available flavor (other than vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.)
  • 1984: July is declared National Ice Cream Month.
  • Today: Next to cookies, ice cream stands as the best selling treat in America!

AS THE WORLD CHURNS

  • Top 5 Ice Cream Consuming Countries in the World (per capita, gallons per year)
    1. New Zealand: 7.5
    2. United States: 5.5
    3. Australia: 4.8
    4. Finland: 3.8
    5. Sweden: 3.2
  • The world’s tallest ice cream cone was over 9 feet tall. It was scooped in Italy.
  • Most of the vanilla used to make ice cream comes from Madagascar & Indonesia.
  • Chocolate syrup is the world’s most popular ice cream topping.

AMERICA LOVES ICE CREAM

  • #1 Vanilla’s popularity rank in the US
  • 87% of Americans have ice cream in their freezer at any given time.
  • The average number of ice cream pints an American enjoys each year. 48
  • California produces the most ice cream in America.

UDDERLY AMAZING!

  • A cow gives enough milk to make: 2 gallons of ice cream per day. That’s 730 gallons per year.
  • It takes 3 gallons of milk to make 1 gallon of ice cream.
  • About 9% of all milk produced in the US is used to make ice cream.

PRETTY COOL, HUH?

A few things you probably didn’t know about ice cream

  • It takes about 50 licks to finish a single-scoop ice cream cone.
  • The perfect temperature for scooping ice cream is between 6° & 10°F.
  • “Brain freeze” occurs when ice cream touches the roof of your mouth.
  • 1 in 10 people admit to licking the bowl clean after eating ice cream.
  • 1 in 5 share with their pet.
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