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8 Dreamy Ice Cream Facts

Grocery stores have entire aisles devoted to selling a variety of frozen desserts. Parlors offer an incredible array of flavors, from basic vanilla to exotic selections to tempt every palate. The sweet sound of a whimsical truck making it's way down the street sends little ones scurrying around to buy their favorite novelty treat. There are so many ways to enjoy this fabulous dessert, including reading the best kids' ice cream books Next time you sit down with your children for bowls of ice cream, you can have fun entertaining them with some trivia about their favorite dessert! 


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Mouth-Watering Facts About Ice Cream for Kids

Kids with a sweet tooth will love learning all kinds of interesting information about their favorite dessert. With so many different flavors and varieties, there is an option for every little palate. From basic and sweet vanilla to rich and crunchy moose tracks, picking the right flavor can be challenging. And then trying to decide what to add when faced with an abundant toppings bar can be enough to send children into a sugar-induced tailspin. Next time the family gathers around to lick some ice cream cones or dig into an ice cream sundae, here are some fun ice cream facts to share.


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One gallon of ice cream requires about three gallons of milk to produce.
Cows produce approximately 6 gallons of milk per day, so in turn, they can contribute to 2 gallons of ice cream every day of the week!  Over one cow's entire lifetime, that equals about a whopping 9,000 gallons of ice cream. While milk is the main ingredient, sweeteners (like sugar) and spices (like vanilla or cocoa), are what make it taste so good!

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The United States consumes more ice cream than any other country, followed by Australia, then Norway.
The US ice cream market is in excess of $14 billion per year, a number that is projected to grow by at least 5% year over year. Another interesting statistic indicates that, on average, Americans eat 5 gallons of ice cream per year, which translates into more than 20 pounds of creamy dessert. American ice cream manufacturers produce nearly one and a half billion gallons annually to keep up with demand.

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In the 1700s, ice cream was considered a delicacy enjoyed only by the wealthy and elite.

Insulated ice houses did not exist during this time period. Therefore, the consistency was more like a custard or sweetened cream. These dishes were mixed with flavors and served at elaborate gatherings. Sorbet was also a popular cold treat at parties, as it almost always contained alcohol. 


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The ice cream cone was invented in 1904 at the St. Louis World Fair.

A man by the name of Charles E. Menches is credited with the concept when he was observed selling pastry cones filled with scoops of ice cream. Other accounts indicate that an Italian man, Italo Marchiony, was in fact the first one who invented ice cream cones. Records show he emigrated from Italy in the 1800s and began selling cones in New York City. Historians have tracked down an official patent issued to him in 1903.


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In 1984, Ronald Reagan declared July the official ice cream month.

Smack dab in the middle of summer seems like the perfect way to celebrate this beloved treat. Even better, the third Sunday of July is National Ice Cream Day, which gives everyone a good excuse to indulge even more. The International Dairy Foods Association hosts a big ice cream party at the US Capitol where hundreds of people gather to enjoy are variety of treats. The crowd is said to consume at least 200 three-gallon container of ice cream and other delicious novelties at the sweetest celebration of the year.


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Chocolate and vanilla are the most popular flavors by far.

Despite the explosion of ice cream varieties, chocolate and vanilla account for more than 52% of sales in the US. Between the two, some people believe vanilla tops chocolate as the favored choice due to the way it complements so many other deserts, especially chocolate cake and cookies! The statistics based on polls conducted throughout the country indicate chocolate has a slight edge over vanilla, with 17% choosing it as their preferred flavor compared to 15% who opt for vanilla.


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The largest ice cream sundae ever made measured 3,656 feet long.

In 2017, Moo-Ville Creamery partnered with the business district in Nashville, Michigan to break a record set just one month earlier in a neighboring town. The sundae was made up of 864 gallons of ice cream along with 36 gallons of syrup. It was topped off with 56 gallons of strawberries, more than 150 cans of whipped cream, and lastly, in excess of 7,000 homegrown cherries.


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Ice cream sundaes were invented to circumvent the law.

During the late 1800s, a Blue Law (otherwise known as a Sunday trade law barring the purchase of certain items on this day) prohibited the sale of soda. For parlors with substantial ice cream soda sales, also called ice cream floats, this law put a damper on their Sunday business. A creative pharmacist (remember, ice cream counters were primarily in pharmacies during that time) served ice cream with chocolate syrup, but skipped adding the soda ingredient. Turns out, the customers enjoyed this new treat so much that it was eventually added to the menu. Hence, the invention of the ice cream "sundae"!


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