The Scoop On Ice Cream (p.28)|
Fun Facts About The World's Favorite Frozen Treat
ICE CREAM ... THE COOLEST DESSERT IN HISTORY
– 5th Century B.C.: Ancient Greeks enjoyed a dessert similar to ice cream.
– 1300s: Marco Polo brought an early form of ice cream to Europe.
– 1700s: Ice cream was introduced to America as a delicacy.
– 1776: America's first ice cream parlor opened in New York.
– 1840s: The ice cream churn was invented.
– 1851: The first ice cream plant was opened.
– 1880s: The ice cream sundae was born.
– 1904: The waffle cone reportedly made its debut at the World's Fair in St. Louis, Missouri.
– 1929: Rocky Road became the first widely available flavor (other than vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry).
– 1984: July was declared National Ice Cream Month.
– Today: Next to cookies, it's the best selling treat in America!
AS THE WORLD CHURNS
– The top five ice cream consuming countries in the world (per capita, gallons per year) are: #1. New Zealand (7.5) #2. United States (5.5) #3. Australia (4.8) #4. Finland (3.8) #5. Sweden (3.8).
– 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 and Indonesia.
– Chocolate syrup is the world's most popular ice cream topping.
AMERICA LOVES ICE CREAM
– Vanilla ranks as the #1 most popular ice cream flavor in America.
– 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 is 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 United States is used to make ice cream.
PRETTY COOL, HUH?
– It takes about 50 licks to finish a single scoop ice cream cone.
– "Brain Freeze" occurs when ice cream touches the roof of your mouth.
– 1 in 10 people admit to licking the bowl after eating ice cream.
– 1 in 5 people share their ice cream with their pet.
Reprinted with permission by Nestlé Dreyer's Ice Cream. For more ice cream information, recipes, and more, visit www.icecream.com.