Ice cream is a delicious treat that appeals to sweet teeth all over the world. It is perhaps one of the best-loved man-made culinary staples on the planet – and it comes in many different varieties!
It may not be the healthiest treat to enjoy regularly, but it has a fascinating history, and we’d wager that there are plenty of interesting facts about ice cream which are likely to surprise you. Grab a spoon and tuck into our sweet fact file about this dessert staple..
Believe it or not, around half the ice cream you eat is pure air. That’s what helps to keep it so light and creamy – otherwise, it’d be super-dense and difficult to enjoy.
The Romans were big fans of ice cream – yes, it really has been around that long. They are thought to have started making their own sweet treats using snow and fruit. Probably not recommended nowadays for sanitary reasons!
The USA is one of the biggest consumers of ice cream the world over, and the average US citizen seems to prefer vanilla over all other flavours. So many combinations and creations – and they opt for the generic choice!
Ice cream is adored by New Zealand. NZ locals are thought to consume an average of 28.4L of ice cream per person per year. The UK’s statistics, meanwhile, see average British consumers eating around 7L per person per year.
There’s a lot of milk that goes into making ice cream. In fact, you’ll need about 11L of the stuff to make even a gallon of the dessert favourite!
Ice cream vans and trucks are around 100 years old. It was Harry Burt who first brought mobile ice cream to the roads in the US around 1920.
There’s an urban legend that the late Margaret Thatcher – once UK Prime Minister – invented the ‘Mr Whippy’ style and brand of ice cream. The truth is, she was a food chemist with the Lyons company – meaning that while she didn’t invent soft-serve ice cream, she certainly had a hand in helping to develop it.
Catherine the Great, a Russian regal, was reportedly obsessed with ice cream to the point that she had her own porcelain ice cream serving sets created for her.
George Washington, first President of the USA, was also a huge fan of ice cream. It’s said that he once spent $200 on the treat during a single summer. This might seem a lot now – but factor in inflation, and he may have spent around $5,000 to $6,000 on the sweet stuff based on today’s money!
Many people suffer from what are known as ‘ice cream headaches’ when they eat the dessert too quickly. This comes from blood vessels in the top of your mouth constricting themselves, causing a nervous reaction. Don’t worry – brain freeze is temporary!
Ever wondered where Rocky Road ice cream gets its name from? It’s named after the Great Depression in the US – used as something of a mood-lifter during economic instability.
Roger Moore, the actor famous for playing James Bond in the 1970s and 80s, is said to have invented the Magnum ice cream by requesting choc-ice be sold on a stick. Wall’s were listening!
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