Ice Cream Facts

Ice cream is a frozen dessert made from cream, with added flavors and sweeteners. This mixture is quickly frozen while it is stirred, so that large ice crystals do not form. Some ice cream is made with carrageenan, a gum found in seaweed so that it is not sticky. See the fact file below for more information about ice cream.
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  • The first frozen dessert is credited to Emperor Nero of Rome. It was a mixture of snow, nectar, fruit pulp and honey.
  • The ice cream cone’s invention is said to have begun at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. An ice cream vendor there reportedly didn’t have enough dishes to keep up with demand, so he teamed up with a waffle vendor who rolled his product into “cornucopias.” Thus, the first ice cream cone!
  • In 1843, New England housewife Nancy Johnson invented the hand-cranked ice cream churn.
  • The United States consumes more ice cream than any other country with New Zealand and Denmark coming insecond and third.
  • Each American consumes a yearly average of 23.2 quarts of ice cream, ice milk, sherbet, ices and other commercially produced frozen dairy products.
  • Vanilla seems to be the most popular flavor, with chocolate coming in second, butter becan coming in third and strawberry coming in fourth.
  • More ice cream is sold on Sunday than any other day of the week.
  • 98% of American households purchase ice cream.
  • Ice cream is a frozen dessert usually made from dairy products, such as milk and cream, and often combined with fruits or other ingredients and flavours. Most varieties contain sugar, although some are made with other sweetners.
  • Before the development of the modern refrigerator, ice cream was a luxury reserved for special occasions.