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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.


  • 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!


  • 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.


  • #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.


  • 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.


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.