sixteen fun facts about ice cream

16 Fun Facts About Ice Cream

Who doesn't love ice cream? Here at the Strasburg Creamery, we take pride in serving the best premium homemade ice cream in Lancaster County. This month marks the celebration of National Ice Cream Month, which has been celebrated since President Ronald Reagan signed it into law during his presidency in the 1980s. Since it's 2016, we decided to compile 16 fun facts about ice cream. We hope you enjoy!

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

Think you can do it in less? Of course, there are a variety of factors that can affect this, including flavor, temperature, and how long your tongue is!

2. The ice cream cone was an accident.

At the World's Fair in 1903, an ice cream vendor ran out of bowls, so a waffle maker rolled his pastries into the cone shape to help!

3. Nationally, vanilla and chocolate ice cream combine for 52% of ice cream sales.

Here at the Creamery, our top-selling flavor is the beloved vanilla. So popular that there are 2 tubs of this flavor in the case at all times!

4. John Harrison, whose job is to taste ice cream for Dreyer's, has his tongue insured.

Harrison's taste buds are insured for a million dollars; he is such a discerning taster that he can taste the difference between infinitesimal variations in butterfat.

5. One in ten ice cream eaters admits to letting their pet lick the bowl when they're finished.

Our own unscientific analysis concurs; we see people letting their dogs have a taste of our delicious ice cream on the square all the time!

6. American Presidents have a long history with ice cream.

Thomas Jefferson is credited with the first recipe for ice cream in America, and Dolley Madison served ice cream at her husband's inaugural ball.

7. 19th century chefs made ice cream in all kinds of asparagus!

Oysters, asparagus, and parmesan cheese were all flavors of ice cream extant in the early 1800s. We don't serve any of them, but we do have some mean teaberry!

8. Citizens of Omaha, Nebraska, consume more ice cream per capita than citizens of any other city.

We Strasburgers might have something to say about that...

9. About 98% of American families have ice cream in their freezers at all times.

This raises questions about the 2%...surely it's just because they come to the Creamery all the time!

10. Historians suggest that the ice cream sundae originated as a workaround for the Blue Laws that prohibited sale of ice cream sodas on Sundays.

No matter where the Sundae originated, we think it was a good invention. And we serve some of the best around!

11. Americans spent $13.7 billion on ice cream in 2013.

That's an average of more than $40 per person - man, woman, and child!

12. The largest ice cream sundae in the world weighed 54,914 pounds.

1 food restaurant summer nuts large 12. The largest ice cream sundae in the world weighed 54914 pounds.

Palm Dairies manufactured the behemoth in 1988 in Alberta, Canada. Our piggyback sundaes are big, but not quite that big! (A piggyback sundae is your choice of flavors of milkshake topped with your choice of flavors of sundae. This concoction has the most ounces of ice cream of any of our specialty goodies.)

13. Hawaiian Punch originated as an ice cream topping!

Ultimately, people realized it tasted better as a drink. Watch this!

14. Scientists in 1940 thought that ice cream caused polio because there were more cases of polio in the summer.

Correlation does not equal causation!

15. Chocolate syrup is the most popular ice cream topping.

That may be true, but it is not the only topping we offer here at the Creamery. Our roster of toppings includes hot fudge, butterscotch, marshmallow, pineapple, apple and strawberry

16. The Strasburg Creamery offers the best ice cream in Lancaster County.

Yep. That's a fact. Stop in today for a cone in celebration of National Ice Cream Month!


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