In 1984, July was declared National Ice Cream Month. And who was the declarer? That would be the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan. In celebration of National Ice Cream Month and because it’s always fun to have a bit of trivia up your sleeve, here are ten fun facts about the second best-selling treat in America! (Cookies are number one.)
- It takes about 50 licks to finish a single scoop of ice cream. (I don’t know about you, but I’m verifying this fact myself!)
- Almost ninety percent of Americans have ice cream in their freezer at any given time.
- One in five people admit to sharing their ice cream with a pet. (Guilty…)
- The world’s tallest ice cream cone was over nine feet tall. (It was scooped in Italy.)
- It takes three gallons of milk to make one gallon of ice cream.
- The top ice-cream–producing state is California.
- The United States produces the most ice cream in the world.
- Vanilla is the most popular ice cream flavor in America. (What? Not chocolate chip mint?)
- There is actually an ice cream diet designed for weight loss. (Get out!)
- And here’s the whopper: During the summer of 1790, George Washington designated approximately $200 for ice cream. Adjusted for inflation, this works out to an ice cream budget of over $2,000! The father of our country clearly loved some ice cream.
So what’s your favorite way to eat ice cream: cones, cups, bars, sandwiches, sundaes, shakes, sodas?
Bars are my fave!