As summer approaches, ice cream enthusiasts across America are dusting off their ice cream cups and spoons, preparing for a season filled with creamy, dreamy delights. The average American enjoys ice cream 28.5 times a year, with June being the most popular month for both production and consumption. Ice cream's versatility in flavor, style, and texture offers countless ways to stay cool and satisfy your sweet cravings.
But ice cream isn't just a delicious treat; its rich history is filled with mouth-watering and fascinating facts. Here are five interesting tidbits about ice cream you probably didn't know:
Global love for ice cream: While the U.S. produces a staggering 1.9 billion gallons of ice cream and similar frozen desserts annually, worldwide ice cream consumption reaches 3.3 billion gallons a year! That's enough ice cream to fill 5,000 Olympic swimming pools and an unimaginable number of ice cream cups!
Astronauts' cravings: If you ask NASA astronauts about the foods they miss most while on space missions, ice cream ranks among the top three, alongside pizza and soda.
The birth of Ben & Jerry's: Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, the famous duo behind Ben & Jerry's ice cream, initially considered becoming bagel-makers. Thanks to the affordable cost of ice cream equipment, they chose the path of creating some of the world's most beloved ice cream flavors instead.
Elvis Presley's sweet tooth: The King of Rock and Roll was a massive ice cream fan. In fact, before he passed away, Presley enjoyed four scoops of ice cream and six chocolate chip cookies, showing just how much he loved the sweet treat.
World record ice cream consumption: According to Cosmopolitan, the world record for ice cream-eating stands at a whopping 1.75 gallons consumed in just eight minutes!
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