Top 30 facts of ice cream

July is celebrated as National Ice Cream Month across the United States. Apart from enjoying the creamy delicacy all month (and year) long, Neogen has been doing a daily ice cream fact of the day for this celebrated holiday. In honor of all the ice cream cones, sundaes and cakes out there in the world, we are happy to bring you the top 30 ice cream facts:

1.  June is National Dairy Month and June 1 is World Milk Day,      which is followed by National Ice Cream Month in July.
2.  Ronald Reagan proclaimed July National Ice Cream Month in      July 1984.
  1. The first recorded presence of something similar to ice cream was around the time of Nero Claudius Caesar in 54–86 A.D. He would send runners into the mountains for a concoction of snow flavored with fruits and juices. This is somewhat disputed, with some saying the Persians were the originators, or focusing on the Tang dynasty in China (which featured a similar recipe to that of today’s ice cream).
  2. In the U.S., ice cream is estimated to be a $10 billion industry.
  3. The biggest ice cream cone ever made was constructed in 2011.
  4. The biggest ice cream cone was made out of wafers, white chocolate and wafer bisquits.
  5. What is the favorite flavor of Jim Herbert, Neogen CEO? Peach.
  6. The most popular ice cream flavor is vanilla, followed by chocolate and butter pecan.
  7. Brain freeze is the result of consuming a really cold drink or ice cream very quickly, rapidly changing the temperature at the back of the throat, which also happens to be the juncture of the internal carotoid artery. This artery feeds blood to the brain and the anterior cerebral artery, which is where the brain starts. To learn more, click here.
  8. There is 12 pounds of milk in every gallon of ice cream.
  9. The ice cream sundae was invented in 1881 in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.
  10. The top 10 ice cream consuming countries are Australia, the U.S., New Zealand, Sweden, Ireland, Denmark, Israel, Canada, Finland and Norway.
  11. Ice cream melts at different temperatures depending on the conditions it is in, but the science behind why it melts is pretty interesting.
  12. Alfred L. Cralle invented the ice cream scoop back in 1897.
  13. There is a method to the perfect ice cream scoop. You can find it here.
  14. Ice cream cones were popularized at World Fairs in the 18th and 19th centuries.
  15. Soft serve ice cream and regular ice cream are indeed different. A lot of it depends on the temperature at which it is served and the amount of butter fat within the ice cream. To learn more about soft serve’s history, click here.
  16. National Soft Serve Ice Cream Day is August 18.
  17. As part of their “Welcome to America” meal, immigrants on Ellis Island were served vanilla ice cream.
  18. National Ice Cream Day is July 20 (or at least it was in 2014! National Ice Cream Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in July).
  19. The ice cream cake is almost as old as ice cream itself. Read its history here.
  20. Over a dairy cow’s lifetime, she can produce enough milk for 9,000 gallons of ice cream.
  21. There are so many holidays in July we almost can’t keep up! National Vanilla Ice Cream Day is July 23.
  22. About 40% of the world’s frozen dairy desserts—about 5.6 billion liters per year—are manufactured at more than 450 U.S. ice cream plants.
  23. Not everything can be labeled “ice cream.” The United States Department of Agriculture has some very specific rules on it; the ingredients must include 10% milk fat and a minimum of 6% non-fat milk solids. For more information on what is and isn’t ice cream, click here.
  24. Dogs should never eat people food…unless it is dog-approved ice cream, that is!
  25. Ice cream flavors aren’t standard around the world. For a list of some interesting global flavors, click here.
  26. The U.S. states leading ice cream consumption are California, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Texas and New York.
  27. We probably have all clamored around an ice cream truck, but the history behind them is nearly 100 years old! Harry Burt was the originator of the ice cream truck idea in 1920.
  28. The first hand-turned version of the ice cream machine was invented by Nancy Johnson in the 1840s.

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