People living in the United States indulge in ice cream more than any nation in the world, averaging a whopping 48 pints per person, per year. Ninety-eight percent of all American households purchase ice cream, with more sold on Sunday than any other day of the week. Eighty-seven percent have ice cream in their freezer at any given time.
The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-headquartered National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) is celebrating this love for cool treats with its annual Summer Favorites Ice Cream & Novelties promotion. American consumers will find special deals on ice cream and novelties at supermarkets nationwide throughout July. They can also visit www.EasyHomeMeals.com to enter the Summer Favorites VIP Coupon and Freezer Giveaway sweepstakes, and find recipes and entertaining ideas.
Cool Ice Cream Facts
- The first ice cream parlor in America opened in New York City in 1776.
- It takes three gallons of milk to make one gallon of ice cream.
- A cow gives enough milk to make two gallons of ice cream per day – that’s 730 gallons per year.
- About 10 percent of all milk produced in the USA is used to make ice cream.
- The most popular ice cream flavors are Vanilla, Chocolate, Cookies ‘n Cream, Strawberry and Mint Chocolate Chip.
- The favorite ice cream topping is chocolate syrup.
- It takes about 50 licks to finish a single scoop ice cream cone.
- One in 10 people admit to licking the bowl clean after eating ice cream, and one in five share with their pet.
- Cherry is the number one popsicle flavor.
- Twin popsicles were invented during the Great Depression of the 1930s so two children could share one treat.
Storage and Handling Tips
NFRA reminds consumers to make the ice cream aisle their last stop at retail stores, to keep frozen purchases in a separate section of the cart while shopping, and to pack ice cream in an additional brown paper sack for insulated bag for the trip home. It is also suggested that frozen treats are stored in the main part of the freezer, not on the door, where they are subject to more fluctuating temperatures.
The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA)
is a non-profit trade association representing all segments of the frozen and refrigerated foods industry in the United States. NFRA sponsors national promotions including March Frozen Food Month, June Dairy Month and June/July Ice Cream & Novelties. It also provides consumer information such as food safety guidelines, meal preparation tips and recipes.
For more information, visit www.nfraweg.org.