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Got Brain Freeze? Put Down the Ice Cream Spoon and Try These 5 Remedies!

Ice cream might easily be one of Ameria's favorite desserts. After all, it's consumed by 90% of all households that indulge in it, with each person eating it an average of 28.5 times per year.

But from one of the most beloved desserts has sprung one of the most unpleasant of feelings: brain freeze. Unfortunately, the ice cream induced condition is estimated to occur with every one in three people.

So what is brain freeze, exactly? In 2013, a group of headache researchers agreed that ice cream headaches, or "cold stimulus headaches," involves pain that occurs when a cold stimulus is applied to the head or mouth. The pain subsides shortly after the stimulus is removed.

Scientific explanation or not, we've all contended with this short but unpleasant sensation: you've just received your ice cream cup, brimming with cold, creamy goodness. The minute you scoop delicious dessert with your tasting spoon and shovel it into your mouth, you immediately realize your mistake. Right between your eyes, you feel a mind-numbing shot. But even after the pain subsides, you keep going back for more, because ice cream is worth the momentary brain freeze.

Luckily, ice cream lovers can rest easy, for there are many simple ways to cure common brain freeze! Here are five of them:

    1. The Tongue Trick
      This is one of the oldest tricks in the book. Simply press your tongue against the roof of your mouth to warm the area.
    2. The Tilt-O-Whirl - Tilt your head back for about 10 seconds, and you should feel relief almost instantaneously.
    3. The Hot Swap - Drink a liquid that is considerably warmer than the ice cream you consumed.
    4. The Thumb Sucker - Press your thumb against the roof of your mouth until the pain subsides.
    5. The Preventative - If you want to prevent brain freeze altogether take small bites, letting them warm on your tongue before they reach the roof of your mouth.
If you're one of the 40% of Americans who will eat ice cream within the next two weeks, wield those spoons with caution and be sure to follow them brain freeze busting tips!
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About the Author: Tim Porter

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


Our purpose at Frozen Dessert Supplies is "Build People and Deliver Joy." That means that everything we do, from manufacturing to packaging to delivery, is to build you and your business and deliver joy to you. We also strive to build our employees and help them to be better people.

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.

Got Brain Freeze? Put Down the Ice Cream Spoon and Try These 5 Remedie