July was declared National Ice Cream Month in 1984 by President Regan, with the 3rd Sunday in the month being National Ice Cream Day. It’s no surprise the United States has a National Ice Cream month and day since we are the second largest consumers of the cool treat. The U.S. only follows New Zealand, which consumes more ice cream per capita than any other country, 7.5 gallons per person each year. The average American consumes only about 5.5 gallons a year, or about 48 pints. About 87% of Americans have ice cream in their freezer at any given time. 

New Zealand produces the most ice cream, but in the United States, California produces the most ice cream, with Indiana coming in second.

Ice Cream By The Gallon

A cow gives enough milk to make two gallons of ice cream each day, which equals 730 gallons of ice cream every year. It takes three gallons of milk to make one gallon of ice cream. About 9% of all milk that is produced in the United States is used to make ice cream.

The Toppings

While vanilla may be the most popular flavor, pecan are the most popular nuts to be added to ice cream and strawberries are the most popular fruit. Whipped cream, caramel, chocolate, hot fudge, and peanut butter cups are only some of the most popular toppings.

History of Ice Cream

There is not exact date ice cream was introduced, but it is known to reach back as far as the second century B.C. An early form of ice cream was brought to Europe in the 1300s by Marco Polo, known today as sherbet. The cold dessert was introduced in America in the 1700s as a delicacy that was enjoyed by high society. The first ice cream parlor opened in New York in 1776. And after the ice cream churn was invented in 1840, the first ice cream plant opened in 1851.

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