25 Mind-Blowing Ice Cream Facts

When you think of the summer, the chances are that sun-cream, shorts and sand come to mind. Another popular choice is ice cream – it’s delicious, cooling and helps you get through a hot summer’s day. Read on to find out more about everybody’s favourite summer snack.


  1. National Ice Cream Month takes place every July in the United States – it was designated in 1984 by Ronald Reagan, who said the food was fun and nutritious.
  1. Market analysts argue that ice cream sales increase during recession and wars – perhaps because ice cream is a sweet treat that can boost moods.
  1. Hawaii is home to an ‘ice cream bean’, which is fruit that tastes like vanilla ice cream.
  1. More ice cream is produced in the United States than anywhere else in the world.
  1. Alexander the Great was known to eat snow flavoured with nectar and honey – an early iteration of ice cream that dates back to 356 BC.
  1. The largest ice cream cake, which included buttercream frosting and an Oreo cookie crumble topping, weighed a whopping ten tonnes (22,0000 lbs).
  1. Ice cream was introduced to continental Europe in the late thirteenth century by Marko Polo, following his travels in China.
  1. Sunday is the most profitable day for ice cream sellers.
  1. One dairy cow can produce enough milk for 9,000 gallons of ice cream in her lifetime.
  1. Before milk-based ice creams entered the mainstream in the tenth century, ice cream was traditionally made from ice.
  1. A whopping 90% of households in the United States eat ice cream.
  1. The popularity of ice cream saw industrial production begin in 1851 in Boston, USA, with merchandising stands and ice cream freezers following soon after.
  1. The average American consumes more than 48 pints of ice cream per year.
  1. The world record for the biggest ice cream sundae was set in Alberta, Canada, in 1988. The sundae weighed a whopping 24 tonnes.
  1. Ice cream arrived in North America more than 250 years after it was first discovered by Christopher Columbus. That’s a long time to wait for some ice cream!
  1. A hot dog flavoured ice cream was created in Arizona, United
  1. During the 1904 World’s Far in St. Louis, the ice cream cone was invented. Overwhelming demand for ice cream meant the vendor had to team up with the local waffle maker to find a cost-effective way to distribute its delicious treat.
  1. Vanilla is the most popular ice cream flavour – after all, it’s traditional!
  1. Chocolate and strawberry ice cream are the joint-second most popular flavours.
  1. Chocolate syrup is the world’s most popular ice cream
  1. 87% of Americans have ice cream in their freezer at any given time.
  1. It takes three gallons of milk to produce one gallon of ice cream.
  1. In the United States, 9% of all milk produced goes on to be used in ice cream recipes.
  1. The average single scoop of ice cream takes about fifty licks to finish.
  1. In 1929, Rocky Road became a widely available ice cream flavour across the world, joining vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.

There you have it – 25 facts about everyone’s favourite summer snack. What is your favourite flavour? Let us know in the comments below.

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