Ice Cream Fun Facts

  • Ice cream was invented in China around 200 B.C., when the Chinese packed a soft milk and rice mixture in snow.
  • In 62 A. D., Roman Emperor Nero sent slaves to the tops of the Apennine mountains to bring fresh snow down to the royal kitchens, where the snow was flavored with fruits and honey.
  • Ice cream became a sensation at the White House in 1812 when First Lady Dolly Madison served ice cream at the second inaugural ball.
  • Nancy Johnson invented the first hand-crank freezer in 1846. That same year, the first ice cream parlor opened in the U.S.
  • In 1851, Jacob Fussell converted his milk plant into the first commercial ice cream plant.
  • The ice cream cone was introduced in 1904 at the St. Louis World Fair when a waffle vendor rolled waffles into the shape of a cone for an ice cream vendor at an adjoining booth.
  • Harry Burt invented the Chocolate Covered Vanilla ice cream bar on a stick in Youngstown, Ohio in 1920.
  • On August 7, 1977, a world record is set by Dennett D’angelo by eating 3lbs and 6 ounces of ice cream in 1.5 minutes.
  • In 1921, all American immigrants to Ellis Island are invited by the commissioner to have ice cream after their meals.
  • America is the ice cream capital of the world, producing 1.5 billion gallons a year.
  • Vanilla is the #1 selling flavor in the U.S. with sales equaling almost 30% of total ice cream sales.
  • New Englanders eat more ice cream than anyone else in the country!
  • Americans eat enough ice cream every year to fill The Grand Canyon!


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