Jun 20 - Geezer's Blog - National Ice Cream Soda Day

The Bottom Line: Delicious facts about ice cream!

The Full Story:

  • Ice cream as we know it seems to have emerged in 17th-century France. (A first-century Roman emperor is said to have sent runners into the mountains for snow to be flavored with juices in the 13th century.)
  • Marco Polo brought back from China descriptions of a sherbet dessert.
  • The cone didn't appear until 1904, when a Syrian waffle maker at the St. Louis World's Fair began rolling his pastries into horns to help an ice cream vendor who had run out of dishes.
  • The idea of the ice cream cone had been patented a year earlier, in 1903, by an Italian in New York City, but the fair popularized it.
  • Today the average American eats about 20 quarts of ice cream a year―the world's highest per capita consumption, according to the International Dairy Foods Association.
  • Top-selling ice cream flavors are: vanilla, with 33% of the market, and chocolate, with 19%.
  • It takes 5.8-pounds of whole milk and one pound of cream to make one gallon of ice cream.
  • Farmers in Vermont used to feed leftovers provided by Ben and Jerry's to their hogs. The hogs didn't seem to care for Mint Oreo Cookie.
  • The largest ice cream cone measured 9-feet, 2.63-inches in height and was achieved by Mirco Della Vecchia and Andrea Andrighetti of Italy.
  • Some weird flavors of ice cream include buckwheat ice cream, beer flavored ice cream, and Parmesan gelato.
  • June is the month that the most ice cream is produced.
National Ice Cream Soda Day

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