The International Dairy Foods Association states, “Ice cream’s origins are known to reach back as far as the second century B.C., although no specific date of origin or inventor has been indisputably credited with its discovery.”
The first advertisement in the U.S. for ice cream appeared in the New York Gazette on May 12, 1777. President George Washington is recorded as having spent $200 for ice cream during the summer of 1790. In 1813, Dolley Madison served a magnificent strawberry ice cream creation at President Madison’s second inaugural banquet at the White House. For more fascinating historical facts about ice cream visit the IDFA web site.
Proof that even trends in favorite ice cream flavors change over time, the chart above from 2010 shows Chocolate #1 (and still the reigning champion) and Vanilla #2. Four years later “Cookies & Cream” inched out Vanilla for the #2 spot. Check this link for current stats. And then of course there is the Twitter favorite ice cream flavor by state. Nevada toted up the most Tweets of all.
Nearly 2 billion gallons of ice cream and related frozen dairy desserts were produced in the U.S. in 2014 to the tune of nearly $6 billion. Yep, ice cream is a big delicious, deal!