Top Healthy & Delicious Ways to Eat Ice Cream

Enjoyed in 92% of all U.S. households, ice cream may very well be America's favorite dessert. But with so many ways to enjoy it, even the sweet creamy treat can become a dizzying decision.

Luckily, we've come up with a list of the best ways to enjoy the sweet stuff, so you don't have to. Next time you want to enjoy the dessert eaten over 28 times per year per person, you'll know just how to eat it!

What is the best way to eat ice cream?

Though several people enjoy ice cream with a spoon, according to science the best way to eat ice cream is by licking. Flavor from the ice cream’s fat is released when it is warmed up to body temperature. 

When you lick ice cream your tongue releases a burst of flavor. In contrast, when you eat with a spoon the flavor is released in a different way.

In addition, licking is one of the best ways to eat ice cream because it takes more time to eat than with a spoon. You will enjoy ice cream the longer it takes to eat.

How to eat ice cream in a healthy way?

Some favorite ways to eat ice cream are with berries and nuts. These natural alternatives are healthier than other toppings like syrup and gummy worms.

Ice Cream Cone
While paper cups and spoons are a far less messy way to enjoy ice cream, nothing screams summer more than a few scoops of ice cream in a classic cone. Originally called cornets, cones are considered pastries, and are made with either wafers or waffles. The first edible cone emerged in cookbooks in 1825, when they were described as little rolled waffles. Ice cream cones were made popular in the United States in the early 1900s, and have been a hit ever since.

Ice Cream Cake
There's no bigger joy than blowing out the candles of an ice cream cake, fit to eat with a plastic tasting spoon. Ice cream cakes are typically made with a cookie crust and an ice cream base, layered with toppings of preference and iced with either fudge or whipped cream frosting. These cakes are closely related to baked Alaskas, but the difference is that they are never baked.

This ice cream variation is taking the American ice cream world by storm. Originally invented in Italy, gelato is a denser, creamier version of ice cream. It contains up to 8% milkfat and only has 25% of air churned into it, compared to the 50% of air churned into ice cream. Gelato spoons are typically smaller and flatter, like a spatula. Gelato spoons work better with the gelato's creamy texture.

What's your favorite way to ice cream? Tell us in the comments below!


Question 1: How Do You Eat Ice Cream in Public?

The main ways to enjoy ice cream is either in a bowl with a spoon or in a cone. You can enjoy ice cream in various cones: cake, sugar, waffle, chocolate dipped, and even pretzel! 

Your customers can also enjoy ice cream with other sweet treats like rice cereal treats, cookies, waffles, brownies, and more.

Question 2: How do you eat ice cream without a cone?

There are several different ways to eat ice cream. You can eat ice cream with a bowl but also in an ice cream sandwich, ice cream float, ice cream sundae, or mixed with coffee!

Question 3: Is it OK to eat slightly melted ice cream?

One of the ways to eat ice cream is slightly melted. You can eat it slightly melted but the flavor will not be as satisfying as when cold.

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Tim is the CEO and people builder of In his free time, he enjoys being with his family, collecting watches, and Classic Mini Coopers.


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Our paper ice cream cups are made withFDA approved food-safe papercoated in a thin layer ofPE (Polyethylene). Our clear plastic cups, banana split boats, and plastic dome lids are made fromPET (Polyethylene Terephthalate). Our plastic spoons and straws are made fromPP (Polypropylene). Our eco-friendly ice cream cups are made fromFDA approved food-safe papercoated in a thin layer ofPLA (Polylactic Acid). PLA is plastic made from corn starch. Our eco-friendly spoons are also made from PLA. Our eco-friendly wooden spoons are made from FDA approvedsmooth birch wood.