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We All Scream For Ice Cream

(photo by niallkennedy@Flickr)

On this final day of July – one last chance to get in some ice cream facts. You already know vanilla is the most popular flavor and chocolate is the most popular topping.

But you’d have to go back to the days of Alexander the Great 300 years Before Christ who loved to eat snow with nectar and honey.

And Roman Emperor Nero in 50 AD had special rooms built under his palace to store snow from the mountaintops so he could top it with fruit to enjoy.

The ice cream we know today was introduced to the general population in France in 1660 and was introduced to America in the 1700’s, but usually only the wealthy could afford it.

First Lady Dolly Madison made headlines when she served ice cream at her husband’s second inaugural ball.

Immigrants at Ellis Island were welcomed to America with ice cream served at their first meal in this country.

Ice cream is a $21-billion annual industry in the United States and more than 90 percent of American homes have ice cream in the freezer.

We eat more ice cream in this country than any other country in the world with each American eating an average of 48 pints a year.

Areas of the Great Lakes and the Northeast eat the most ice cream, but California is the top ice cream producing state.

It takes about 50 licks to finish one scoop of ice cream.


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