People living in the United States indulge in ice cream more than any nation in the world, averaging a whopping 48 pints per person, per year.
Ninety-eight percent of all U.S. households purchase ice cream, with more sold on Sunday than any other day of the week. Eighty-seven percent have ice cream in their freezer at any given time.
The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) is celebrating this love for cool treats with their annual Summer Favorites Ice Cream & Novelties promotion, and sharing these cool ice cream facts below.
Top Ten Cool Ice Cream Facts
- The first ice cream parlor in America opened in New York City in 1776.
- It takes 3 gallons of milk to make one gallon of ice cream.
- A cow gives enough milk to make 2 gallons of ice cream per day – that’s 730 gallons per year.
- About 10 percent of all milk produced in the US is used to make ice cream.
- The most popular ice cream flavors are Vanilla, Chocolate, Cookies ‘n Cream, Strawberry and Mint Chocolate Chip.
- The favorite ice cream topping is chocolate syrup.
- It takes about 50 licks to finish a single scoop ice cream cone
- One in 10 people admit to licking the bowl clean after eating ice cream, and 1 in 5 share with their pet.
- Cherry is the number one popsicle flavor.
- Twin popsicles were invented during the Depression so two children could share one treat.
Store and Handle “Cool” Treats Properly
NFRA reminds you to make the ice cream aisle your last stop, to keep your frozen purchases in a separate section of the cart while shopping, and to pack your ice cream in an additional brown paper bag for the ride home.
They also suggest that you store your frozen treats in the main part of the freezer, not on the door, where they are subject to more fluctuating temperatures.