1) The invention of ice cream is as messy as ice cream itself.
Many people do not know the origins of ice cream, but either it dates to A.D 54–68 where Roman Emperor Nero is said to have sent his slaves into the mountains to fetch snow to mix with nectar, fruit pulp, and honey, though it is just speculation. Other sources claim in A.D. 618–907, China’s T’ang period, ice cream was probably a dish for the country’s rulers. The founder of the dynasty, King T’ang of Shang, kept 94 “ice men” on hand to lug ice to the palace to make a dish made of koumiss (heated, fermented milk), flour, and camphor.
2) Americans eat on average 20 quarts a year!
That is enough ice cream to fill up 5 gallons of milk!
3) Vanilla is the most popular flavor.
Vanilla takes up to 20-29% of overall sales of ice cream with chocolate coming in a distant second.
4) The largest ice cream cone measured 2.81 m (9 ft 2.63 in) in height and was achieved by Mirco Della Vecchia and Andrea Andrighetti of Italy.
Vecchia and Andrighetti created the ice cream cone at a festival by Rimini Fiera and sponsored by Sigep, Fabbri, Incisoria Imar, Icam, Martellato at Rimini Fiera, in Rimini, Italy on January 11, 2012. The internal cone was made of wafer and covered with a 700 kg white chocolate cone then decorated with 2000 round wafer biscuits.
5) Some weird flavors of ice cream include maple bacon, beer flavored, and Pepperoni Pizza (all made at the Inside Scoop!)
6) The ice cream cone was invented at the 1904 World Fair in St. Louis.
Seven different accounts were taken about the creation of the waffle ice cream cone from the World Fair. Some claim Ernest Hamwi, a Syrian concessions vendor, curled a waffle cookie and transformed it into a receptacle for ice cream.
7) Ben and Jerry’s has 46 flavors. The Inside Scoop has 102. Just sayin’….
8) June is the month that the most ice cream is produced.
9) The central region of the U.S. created the most production of ice cream and related frozen products.
It created producing 726 million gallons in 2011! Turns out all those cows and fields in the boring Midwest turns out something great.
10) Americans consumed about 1.53 billion gallons of ice cream and frozen products during 2011.