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Food historians say the history of ice cream begins with ancient flavored ices; however, the Chinese are generally credited for creating the first ice creams, possibly as early as 3000 BC
Ancient Rome ice cream was snow flavored with fruit and honey
Ice cream was introduced to U.S. in the 1700s, but mostly enjoyed by those of status and wealth
George Washington loved ice cream and had two ice cream machines at his home
The ice cream scoop was invented in 1878
The ice cream cone was not invented at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, instead was created by a New York City ice cream vendor in 1896 to stop customers from stealing his serving glasses
The first ice cream parlor in the U.S. opened in New York City in 1776
In the 1920s, immigrants at Ellis Island were served vanilla ice cream as part of their Welcome to America meal
During Prohibition in the 1920s, breweries turned into ice cream manufacturing plants
In the 1920s, ice cream novelties such as ice cream on sticks and ice cream bars were introduced
Tom Carvel supposedly invented soft serve ice cream in New York in the 1930s
During WWII, the U.S. Navy built a $1 million floating ice cream parlor
In 1984 President Ronald Reagan declared July as "National Ice Cream Month" and the third Sunday "National Ice Cream Day"
It takes 5.8 pounds of whole milk and one pound of cream to make one gallon of ice cream
One of the major ingredients in ice cream is air - it keeps the ice cream from freezing solid
It takes an average of 50 licks to polish off a single-scoop ice cream cone
The U.S. produces the most ice cream in the world - 800 million gallons every year
California produces the most ice cream in the U.S.
Portland, Oregon eats the most ice cream per capita
The U.S. enjoys an average of 23.2 quarts of ice cream per person, per year, more than any other country
98% of all U.S. homes have ice cream in them
Vanilla is the top-selling flavor with 33 percent of the market
Chocolate syrup is the most popular ice cream topping
Among the most unusual flavors of ice cream ever produced are avocado, azuki bean, beer, chicken wing, dill pickle, eel, garlic, jalapeno, ox tongue, and pumpkin
Hawaii has a fruit known as the ice cream bean or the monkey tamarind that actually tastes like vanilla ice cream
Of all the days of the week, most ice cream is bought on Sunday
Ice cream is a favorite comfort food among both men and women for good reason - eating ice cream elevates your body's production of serotonin, which elevates mood and lowers blood pressure
Kids aged 2-12 and adults over 45 eat the most ice cream
5% of ice cream eaters share their treat with their pet
More men (13%) admit to licking their ice cream bowl clean than women (8%)
There is actually an ice cream diet designed for weight loss
The largest ice cream cake weighed 12,096 pounds
The largest ice cream scoop pyramid was made of 3,894 scoops and weighed 1,005 pounds
The largest ice cream sandwich weighed 2,460 pounds
The largest ice cream sundae weighed 54,914 pounds
Guinness World Record for the world's most expensive sundae is "Golden Opulence Sundae" at Serendipity 3 in New York, New York selling for $1000
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