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I scream, You scream, We all scream for ice cream!

 

Almost everyone loves this sweet, cold, tasty treat. All the possibilities and flavors are endless; ice cream cones, bars, sundaes, cakes, floats, and the list goes on! The United States takes the prize for the country that eats the most ice cream per year. The average person consumes about 48 pints a year!

No one really knows who invented this sweet concoction. The process did not arrive in Europe until 1503 in Italy. Later on in 1664 ices were made with sweetened milk. Only the wealthy were first served this rare and exotic dish because it was very difficult to make. Americans had to wait until 1800 to get their first taste of ice cream. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared, the month of July will be National Ice Cream Month! So make sure you celebrate and get a scoop of your favorite kind!

Did you know?


• Vanilla is the most popular flavor of ice cream. Chocolate comes in second
• In the year 1843, Nancy Johnson, an American woman invented a hand-cranked ice cream freezer. Her invention helped others make this tasty treat at home
• In 1904, at the St. Louis World’s Fair, an ice cream vendor ran out of paper cups to scoop ice cream into. A waffle maker in the next booth offered him some waffles. The ice cream vendor rolled a waffle into a cone shape and put a scoop of ice cream in it. It was the beginning of the waffle cone!
• Novelties are individual ice cream portions. In 1920, the Good Humor ice cream bar on a wooden stick was introduced. Today it is still a huge success
• According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the biggest ice cream sundae in the world was made in Alberta, Canada in 1988. It weighed nearly 55,000 pounds
• It takes an average of 50 licks to polish off a single-scoop ice cream cone. Some of the most unique flavors of ice cream are pumpkin, jalapeno, avocado and even lobster!

The Scoop on Reading


Ice Cream
Cooper, Elisha
A step-by-step exploration of how ice cream is made, beginning with the healthy foods cows eat to produce good milk, and ending with a carton of frozen treat.
Ice-cream Cones for Sale!
Greenstein, Elaine
Reveals who really invented the ice cream cone, even before the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair where five people claim they did so.
From Milk to Ice Cream
Thoennes Keller, Kristin

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