“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream”; with over hundreds of flavors to choose from you can’t really go wrong! Ice cream is a popular dessert made from milk and cream. It can often be found in a variety of flavors combined with fruits and other sweets. Tomorrow is Ice Cream Day, and though this is a frozen treat, it can still be enjoyed during the cold winter months!
It is believed that Quaker colonists who brought their ice cream recipes with them first introduced ice cream into the United States. The first documented ice cream parlor in America opened in New York City, in the 1770’s. Colonists were the first to use the term “ice cream”, as it is a very literal name for what this dessert actually is. Thankfully, ice cream gained rapid popularity and now ice cream can be found at parlors and even grocery stores all throughout the country.
Be aware that ice cream generally contains high amounts of sugar, so enjoy its deliciousness in small portions. There are options that are low in sugar or sugar free that you can try! In most reduced sugar ice cream, there isn’t even a difference in taste.
Even though studying for finals has probably begun to take over most of your time, Foodie on Campus is here to get you in the spirit of Ice Cream Day with a few short facts!
- On average, it takes most people fifty licks to eat a single scoop of ice cream.
- The most popular flavor of ice cream is vanilla followed by chocolate, strawberry, and cookies n’ cream.
- It takes 12 lbs. of milk to make one gallon of ice cream.
- The largest ice cream conemeasured 2.81 m (9 ft. 2.63 in) in height and was madeby Mirco Della Vecchia and Andrea Andrighetti of Italy.
- Americans take the lead in worldwide consumption of ice cream. The average American consumes 48 pints of ice cream per year.
So whether you enjoy it in a cup or a cone, try to find a way to include this crowd pleaser in honor of this delicious day! Take a break from finals, go out with a few friends for a scoop or two, and then continue on with the studying.
Kara Andrews is a sophomore at Syracuse University majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics, minoring in Gerontology. She plans to become a Registered Dietitian after graduation.
Photo Credit: Jennifer Collins