Whether you enjoy a few scoops in a cup or stacked in a cone, eating ice cream is a tasty way to cool down when it’s hot outside. Although the exact origin is debated, the earliest version of the frozen dessert might have been served to Chinese royalty during the Tang Dynasty from 618 to 907 AD. Today, Americans eat roughly 23 pounds of the creamy treat each year. The next time you go out for ice cream with friends or family, below are a few more interesting facts to share with the group.
3 Fun Facts About Ice Cream
1. Ice Cream Sundaes Were Invented to Bypass Strict Laws
During the late 19th century, strict laws prohibited shops from serving ice cream sodas on Sundays to discourage people from indulgence on the Sabbath. In 1881, to get around the law, Ed Berners, owner of an ice cream parlor in Two Rivers, WI, began serving the staple without flavored soda. Ice cream drizzled with syrup, minus the sugary beverage, became a popular dish in its own right. To avoid upsetting the clergy, the “y” in Sunday was changed to an “e.”
2. Americans Still Love the Basics
From mango to maple bacon, ice cream is available in an assortment of sweet and savory options. In spite of the variety, simple vanilla and chocolate are still the two most popular flavors in America. Cookies n’ cream, mint chocolate chip, chocolate chip cookie dough, buttered pecan, cookie dough, strawberry, moose tracks, and Neapolitan round out the top ten.
3. A Fruit Grows In Hawaii That Tastes Like Ice Cream
If you want to enjoy the sweet creamy flavor of ice cream in fruit form, book a trip to Hawaii. Inga feuillei, a long, pod-like fruit known colloquially as the ice cream bean, grows in the tropical climate. People scoop out the pulp from inside the pod to eat. The sweet taste and creamy texture resembles ice cream.
If reading fun facts about ice cream has you craving the frozen treat, visit Blue Bubble Creamery in Mililani, HI. The shop is known throughout Oahu for their light, airy rolled ice cream, milkshakes, and boba drinks in a range of interesting flavors with unique toppings. To learn more about the selection, call (808) 200-1036. Visit the ice cream shop online and on Facebook to see pictures of their creations.