Ice cream in a snow storm.
Driving your father’s long extend cab truck was no easy task. The fact that you needed to park as close as possible to the famous ice cream store meant that you had to make three right turns, not once, but twice. On that first lap you passed a pretty good spot, hoping to find one even closer. That closer spot, however, was too narrow for the truck, or at least the truck with your driving skills. On that second lap, though, you settled for a spot and your husband, your father, and your two daughters trudged through the still swirling snow to order, of all things, ice cream cones!
Even though the temperatures were well below freezing and the snow prevented you from seeing more than a mile, your girls and your father insisted that they still needed ice cream. In addition to the sweet treats themselves, you also made sure that you took a photo of your girls standing in front of a much larger than life size double scoop cone. The two girls, the cone, and the snow make for a spectacular photo memory!
Ice Cream Spoons and Ice Cream Cups Are a Part of Many Family and Community Celebrations
Whether it is the middle of winter or the middle of summer, Americans love ice cream and other frozen treats. From the adorable ice cream spoons that are shaped like shovels for a small taste to gelato cups that come in a variety of colors the marketing materials that many franchises use provide some of the hype around the most popular ice cream shops and parlors.
Consider some of these facts and figures about the ice cream industry and the impact that it has on the nation’s economy:
- Even though people eat ice cream year round, June is the month when the most ice cream is produced.
- By capturing 28%, vanilla remains the most popular flavor among consumers, according to a recent survey of International Ice Cream Association member companies.
- The average American consume ice cream 28.5 times a year.
- 90% of U.S. households regularly indulge in a sweet, frozen treat.
- 1.5 billion gallons of ice cream and similar desserts produced in the United States every year.
- There were an estimated 2,582 frozen yogurt stores by the end of 2013.
Snow or rain, winter or spring, every time is a great time to drive to your favorite ice cream store and order a cup of your favorite flavor that comes with one of those adorable ice cream spoons, even if you have to drive around the block not once, but twice.