Ice Cream Fun Facts

87% of Americans have ice cream in their freezer at any given time. 1

1 in 10 people admit to licking the bowl clean after eating ice cream. 2

The most popular flavor of ice cream is vanilla and next is chocolate. 3

Largest ice cream cake weighed 12,096 pounds. 4

Chocolate syrup is the world’s most popular ice cream topping. 5

The ice cream sundae was invented in 1881 in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. 6

National Soft Serve Ice Cream Day is August 18. 7

Ice cream “Brain Freeze” effect is triggered when cold ice touches the roof of your mouth, which causes blood vessels in the head to dilate. 8

One cone of ice cream can be finished off in 50 licks. 9

In Italy, the world's largest ice cream cone was scooped at 9 feet tall! 10

“Ice cream stimulates the thrombotonin, which is a hormone of happiness and helps in reducing the levels of stress in the body. Ice cream is made of milk, which contains L-triptophane, which is a natural tranquilizer and helps in relaxing the nervous system. It also helps prevent symptoms of insomnia.” 11

The largest ice cream sundae ever made was made in College Station Texas, where approximately 4,000 people both made and ate the entire dish in under 30 minutes. 12

Ice cream sales tend to increase during times of economic recession. 13

The average cow produces enough milk over its lifetime to make 7,500 gallons of ice cream. 14

American President George Washington apparently loved ice cream so much that in the summer of 1790 alone he spent $200 on ice cream, around $5000 dollars by today’s standards. 15

In Tokyo, Japan, you can find ice cream flavored with octopus, shrimp, horseflesh, and cow tongue. 16

Worldwide, around 15 billion liters (3.3 billion gallons) of ice cream are consumed every year, enough to fill 5,000 Olympic swimming pools.17

Hawaiian Punch was originally an Ice Cream Topping.18

According to Nasa, ice cream is among the top three items most missed by astronauts on space flights. 19

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared July to be National Ice Cream Month.

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