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When Was the Last Time You Had an Ice Cream Treat Before Bedtime?

The weather was beautiful.

The ice cream was sweet.
And the party was a success.

After nearly two months of off and on planning, your daughter and her best friend were blessed with great weather the evening of their high school graduation party. The two girls have always been fans of a local farm to cone ice cream shop and when they found out that the owners had recently restored a 1960s era Cushman Raodster they were determined to pull off the best ice cream party their friends had ever attended. From hand decorating the ice cream cups to selecting the colors for the tasting spoons, the girls carefully planned all of the details.

The cafe style message board in the kitchen told guests that if someone walked a mile in their shoes they would end up at an ice cream store and the girls insisted that they did not need cake at a party where the guests were offered three fabulous ice cream flavors. Vegan chocolate, tart cheery crumble, and blueberry butter cake were the three in season flavors that the girls selected. And while they would have loved to have served a coffee flavor and strawberry, the local ice cream shop owners reminded the girls that strawberries were not yet in season, and the girls decided to serve two local coffee blends inside the house.

Frozen Treat Trucks Provide a Great Memory for Many Children

A far cry from the song playing vans that travel the neighborhoods as soon as temperatures warm up, the Cushman Roadster created an idyllic scene in the driveway as guests arrived. There were other sweet and salty snacks in the house and plenty or lawn games in the backyard, but many guests never left the front of the house. Lingering conversations and hugs from friends who have not seen each other in years were standard for the evening. And even though there was always some kind of line for the ice cream, it was never so long to prevent a real ice cream enthusiast from returning for a second visit if they wanted.

The sugar cones out paced the hand labeled ice cream cups and the tart cherry crumble was the most popular of the three flavors, but everyone agreed that the beautiful weather stole the show!

Ice Cream Cups and Cones Continue to be a Favorite Treat Among Many
You do not need to be a high school graduate to appreciate the allure of a frozen treat once the school year winds down. And while June may by the month when the most ice cream sales occur, the reality is that many of us eat ice cream year round. In fact, as many as 90% of U.S. households regularly indulge in a sweet, frozen treat. Consider some of these other sweet statistics about America’s love for ice cream:

  • As of 2018, vanilla was the number one best selling ice cream flavor. In fact, it accounts for 33% of all ice cream sales.
  • In comparison, chocolate, the second most popular ice cream flavor, makes up 19% of ice cream sales.
  • 87% of Americans confess to having ice cream in their freezer at any given time.
  • The average American eats more than 48 pints of ice cream every year.
  • 9% of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream.
  • Whether you are looking for a perfect graduation party idea or you simply want to have a frozen scoop of something sweet to accompany the berries that you start picking from the garden, ice cream is a perfect option. With literally hundreds of flavors to chose from there is an option that will meet everyone’s taste. And whether you walk down the street to the local ice cream truck or half a mile to a new ice cream shop, you are likely within a pretty short distance of the closest ice cream store. The color coordinated ice cream cups and tasting spoons that help brand a store are sometimes as appealing as the cold treat itself, as Americans find themselves visiting the these destinations often as they do their part to consume ice cream an average of 28.5 times every year.

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