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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

Row of Ice Cream Cones

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