10 Incredible Things You Didn’t Know About Ice Cream
Check out some of our favorite ice cream facts below!
- Neapolitan ice cream wasn’t always the strawberry, chocolate and vanilla trifecta we know today. Originally, it was made up of vanilla, cherry and pistachio, in honor of the Italian flag.
- Long before she was the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher’s work in chemistry helped perfect soft-serve ice cream.
- It’s not just an old wives’ tale. Ice cream is one of the most common food cravings during pregnancy.
- How much do we love ice cream? A whopping 9 percent of cow’s milk in America is used to make the dessert.
- Unlike a Tootsie pop, it takes about 50 licks to finish a single scoop of ice cream.
- Back in the day, ice cream was a popular luxury dessert. The Italian noblewoman Catherine de Medici introduced the frozen delicacy to the people of France in 1553.
- At any given time, 87 percent of Americans have ice cream in their freezer.
- Ice cream was first served in the United States in Maryland in 1744, when Governor Thomas Bladen gave it to his guests for dessert.
- As a way to pass the time, American fighter pilots in WWII attached pairs of 5-gallon cans of milk and cream to their planes. The cans were fitted with a small propeller that spun the mixture as the planes flew, and the higher altitudes froze it. By the time they landed, ice cream was ready!
- Chocolate ice cream was invented about 50 years before vanilla and was inspired by hot chocolate.