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Finding the Favorite Local Ice Cream Stop Is a College Tradition for Many Students


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The weekend looks like it is a huge success. When you bought your 16 year old daughter an airline ticket to go visit her older sister you were mostly thinking about a great opportunity for the girls to get together. The weekend for the trip was the first time in months when the two sisters, four years apart in age, would be together. Your younger daughter would arrive late on a Friday night, attend a baseball game for the small Division III team, and attend the local opera’s production of Beauty and the Beast on Saturday.

On Sunday the girls could relax and do a little shopping, maybe go running together if the weather allowed. Monday would include a campus tour and a chance to sit in on a Biology class. Your older daughter really wants her younger sister to attend the same college, even though the older sister would be gone by the time the younger sister arrives.

You had asked the girls to send you a couple picture of their weekend together, but you did not realize that so many of the photos would be of the two of them eating ice cream. It turns our, however, that your older daughter and her friends were determined to give the visiting 16 year old a tour of the sweetest spots in town. They contended that while she might already know quite a bit about the campus, she likely did not know where they went in the evening after a long day of studying. She probably did not know that they liked to collect the brightly colored custom ice cream cups from a location that sold shaved ice in a number of flavors. The custom ice cream cups made for great dorm room furniture and the fact that the rather thin plastic bowls did not last for very long just meant that they had another reason to go get the shaved ice every now and then.

Determined to make sure that their visitor really understood the fun that they had in the otherwise pretty old dorms, the the older girls wanted to show their guest all of the least expensive places to get food when the cafeteria menu just did not cut it.

Even if it has been awhile since you were in college, it should come as no surprise that ice cream shops are still a favorite. During the years that they are away from home and living in the dorms, college kids are great at creating their own traditions, many of which involve finding affordable places to get a sweet treat. As many as 40% of Americans will eat ice cream in any given two-week period, according to research by NPD Group, and college kids are no exception!

Even during the colder months of the year, ice cream, yogurt, and gelato stores have a pretty big following. For this reason, it makes sense that by the end of 2013, there were an estimated 2,582 frozen yogurt stores in America. Even on a college student’s budget, the average American will consume ice cream 28.5 times a year. The cute custom ice cream cups can serve as a motivator to get even the cheapest college kids to return on a fairly regular basis.

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