In 1984 then-President Ronald Regan designated the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day in addition to making the whole month dedicated to the popular frozen dessert.
Here are some interesting facts about ice cream in America:
- Each American consumes a yearly average of 23.2 quarts of ice cream, ice milk, sherbet, ices and other commercially produced frozen dairy products.
- The Northern Central states have the highest per capita consumption of ice cream at 41.7 quarts. The top three cities in America that purchase the most ice cream on a per capita basis are: Portland, Oregon; St. Louis, Missouri; and Seattle, Washington.
- More ice cream is sold on Sunday than any other day of the week.
- Ice cream consumption is highest during July and August
- Children ages two through 12, and adults age 45 plus, eat the most ice cream per person
- The average number of licks to polish off a single scoop ice cream cone is approximately 50
- 98 percent of all households purchase ice cream
While there aren’t any free giveaways today, we’d still like to know what your favorite flavor is as well as your favorite way to eat it – in a cone, cup, or straight from the packaging!