National Chocolate Ice Cream Day – iHeart

There are a lot of fun days to celebrate in the month of June, Today is one of my favorite. – It’s National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

This is the day we celebrate one of the most popular ice cream flavors of all time: chocolate. Culinary historians believe that the first ice cream flavors were fruit-based, but by the 18th century both vanilla and chocolate were pretty common.

And it wasn’t just for “common folks.” Thomas Jefferson took a fancy to ice cream while living abroad as the Ambassador to France during the 1780s. It is likely that he is responsible for bringing this delicious frozen treat to America!

Today, the United States produces around 1.6-billion gallons of ice cream each year. Whether you prefer your chocolate ice cream in a cone, a cup, a sundae, or a milkshake, indulge in a scoop (or two!)!

More Ice Cream Fun Facts:

  • The first written ice cream recipe was found in a 1665 recipe book
  • Industrial ice cream production in the US began in 1851
  • The average American consumed 13-pounds of ice cream in 2016.
  • It takes 12-pounds of milk to produce just 1 gallon of ice cream
  • The average number of licks to finish a scoop of ice cream is 50
  • The country that consumes the most ice cream is USA, followed by Australia then Norway.
  • The most popular flavor is vanilla, then chocolate
  • Chocolate ice cream was invented before vanilla
  • Vanilla was rare and exotic in the late 1700’s
  • Ice cream in America in the 1700’s was rare and enjoyed by the elite
  • The majority of Americans – around 90% have ice cream in their freezers
  • Some of the strangest flavors found are: avocado, garlic, chili, licorice, Stilton cheese, and bacon
  • Ice cream headaches or “brain freeze” is the result of the nerve endings in the roof of your mouth sending a message to your brain of the loss of heat
  • The average American eats 45.8-pints of ice cream a year
  • Chocolate syrup is the most popular ice cream topping

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