articles

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!

By Kyrie Collins, Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher July 7, 2021

In 1984 President Reagan declared July "National Ice Cream Month" and the third Sunday of the month "National Ice Cream Day" - July 18, 2021. Grab a bowl or a cone and a scoop (or 2 ... or 3 ...) of your favorite flavor ice cream and enjoy! #NationalIceCreamDay

Share these fun facts with your favorite ice cream lover:

  • 90% of the U.S. population eats ice cream (I'm guessing the remaining 10% just don't have freezers).
  • Americans eat more than 23 pounds of ice cream every year — we're the top ice cream consuming nation in the world.
  • The majority of U.S. ice cream and frozen dessert businesses are family-owned and have been around more than 50 years.
  • The world's biggest ice cream sundae, made on July 24, 1988, took four hours to create and weighed nearly 54,917 pounds!
  • Immigrants at Ellis Island were served vanilla ice cream as part of their "Welcome to America!" meal.
  • The first ice cream truck hit the streets in 1920.
  • The five most popular flavors in the U.S., according to sales, are vanilla, chocolate, butter pecan, strawberry, and Neapolitan (in that order).
  • According to Twitter, however, the most-tweeted flavors are chocolate, vanilla, cookie dough, strawberry, and chocolate chip (in that order).
  • Chocolate syrup is the favorite topping.
  • The major ingredient in ice cream is ... AIR! Then why so many calories?!
  • 85% of the vanilla beans used for ice cream are harvested in Madagascar.

Click here for 36+ ice cream spots to try around Washington County, Pittsburgh PA and across & Southwestern PA