There were so many choices, it was difficult to make a decision. From the adorable gelato spoons to the polka dotted dessert cups, the small downtown ice cream store was a hit. In fact, the only problem that anyone could come up with was the fact that it was difficult to make a choice. Your youngest daughter, in fact, never could decide on what kind of ice cream that she wanted, so in the end she settled on one of the tasty chocolate macaroons that caught her attention when she fist walked in the store. At first you were embarrassed, but the two girls working the counter at the locally owned ice cream shop said that it really was no big deal. They eve confessed that once or twice a day, customers opted for the easy decision of a macaroon, instead of having to decide between the various flavors at the self serve machines.
Whether your favorite is mint chip ice cream or lemon sorbet, you likely know the temptation of asking for several taste samples with those adorable gelato spoons that look like mini shovels, only to decide on a basic vanilla or, sometimes, a chocolate macaroon from the front display stand.
Americans Love Their Ice Cream!
Did you know that according to the researching teams of the NPD Group 40% of Americans will eat ice cream in any given two-week period? In fact, there are some Americans who never really feel that their days are complete if they do not finish it with a little frozen sweet treat. Even if the pressure to make a choice about the flavor can be a challenge, the biggest ice cream enthusiasts find comfort in knowing that there is always another day to ask for another taste or yet another flavor in one of those too cute gelato spoons!
- Making a decision about what flavor to get can be almost as difficult as making a choice about which ice cream parlor or frozen yogurt store to visit.
- At the end of the year 2013, there were an estimated 2,582 frozen yogurt stores in America.
- Kids are not the only ones screaming for ice cream these days. In fact, 90% of U.S. households regularly indulge in a sweet, frozen treat.
- Estimates indicate that 9% of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream.
- About 1.5 billion gallons of ice cream and similar desserts are produced in America every single year.
- Consuming ice cream really does seem to be a national past time. In fact, the average American will consume ice cream 28.5 times just this year.
- Home made ice cream produced on the premises continues to grow in popularity as more and more privately owned ice cream shops return to this classic method of preparation that involves the freshest of ingredients.
- Of all of the months in the year, June is the month that the most ice cream is produced.
- Ice cream generally contains more than 50% air after the churning process.
- Containing somewhere between 3% and 8% milkfat and 25% to 30% air, gelato is a frozen treat that continues to increase in popularity.
- Everyone makes a lot of fuss over the latest ice cream flavors and combinations, but it likely comes as no surprise that vanilla remains the most popular flavor among consumers, according to a recent survey of International Ice Cream Association member companies.
Once you get past the petite cuteness of those gelato spoons and the brightly colored hues of those ice cream cups, the real aficionados know that it is all about their favorite flavors.
Whatever that flavor may be.
Then again, maybe it is just simpler to order a macaroon and call it good.