Ice Cream Fun Facts from
Everybody Loves Ice Cream:
• Ice cream boosterism rose during
World War I, after a newspaper quoted a German officer asserting,
"We do not fear that nation of ice cream eaters."
• Immigrants arriving to Ellis Island in the 1920s were given
ice cream as part of a typical American menu. Some new arrivals
mistakenly spread this "frozen butter" on their bread.
Be a Jerk with Your Kids
Teach your kids how to serve up a hot fudge sundae or a real cherry
Coke at the Avalon Diner in the suburbs of Houston. They offer soda
jerk classes Monday throughThursday evenings (713-838-2500, www.avalondiner.com).
At the Old Town Slidell Soda Shop in Louisiana, there’s a
weeklong soda jerk camp for kids each summer (985-649-4806, www.slidellsodashop.com).
• One of the first flavors William Dreyer and confectioner
Joseph Edy developed was Rocky Road. It debuted in 1929 and was
so named because of the hard times caused by the Great Depression.
• Have a scround around? You probably do, or have at some
point. Scrounds are the industry term for the increasingly common,
square-round half-gallon ice cream container.
• The average number of licks to finish a single scoop cone:
• More ice cream is sold on Sunday than any other day of week.
• Children ages two through 12 and adults over age 45 eat
the most ice cream.
• The 1929 edition of the classic Boston Cooking-School Cook
Book by Fannie Merrit Farmer includes recipes for maraschino ice,
pomegranate ice, quince ice cream, brown bread ice cream, orange
pekoe ice cream and a clam frappé that calls for 20 clams
and 1/2 cup of cold water. o In Newark, New Jersey, it is illegal
to eat ice cream after 6 P.M. without a doctor’s note.