Summertime means baseball, hot dogs, ice tea and ice cream cones.

July is National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday in July is designated as National Ice Cream Day.

Ice cream had been around for a while, mainly served on paper plates and in metal cones until one day at the St. Louis World’s Fair. The story goes an ice cream vendor ran out of paper plates so another vendor suggesting using his waffle pastry. He experimented with the waffle and shaped it into a cone and later built one of the first machines for making ice cream cones.

It’s that ice cream vendor at the St. Louis World’s Fair, Charles Menches who’s credited with serving the first ice cream cone. He filled a waffle cone with two scoops of ice cream and a tradition was born. That first cone was served on this date in 1904.

  • About 9 percent of milk production in the United States is used for making ice cream.
  • It takes about 12 pounds of whole milk to make one gallon of ice cream.
  • Americans eat an average of about five and a half gallons of ice cream each year.
  • Far and away the favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla, followed by chocolate.
  • More ice cream is sold on Sunday than any other day of the week.
  • What makes it French Vanilla? It’s enriched with egg yolks.