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Ice Cream Facts

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for… Ice Cream Month!

To this day, the history of ice cream remains a mystery. However, many say that the first ice cream is credited to Emperor Nero of Rome. It was a mixture of snow, nectar, fruit pulp, and honey. Others proclaim that Marco Polo, a 13th century adventurer, brought ice cream to Europe from the Far East. Regardless of where it came from, today’s average American consumes 23.2 quarts of ice cream per year.

Which countries like ice cream the most? The United States, Denmark, and Australia top the list.

Top five favorite flavors:

  1. Vanilla
  2. Chocolate
  3. Strawberry
  4. Neapolitan
  5. Mint chocolate chip
  • The most popular topping for ice cream is chocolate syrup.
  • The biggest ice cream sundae ever weighed over 54,000 pounds, with over 44,000 pounds of ice cream plus toppings.
  • More people than ever are able to enjoy ice cream with the increasing popularity of dairy-free varieties made from almond, oat or coconut milks.