We all Scream for Ice Cream!
I scream…you scream…and you know what we all scream for? July is National Ice Cream Month and we can’t think of a better time to reminisce about our favorite childhood sweet treats. From fudgsicles to bomb pops and dreamsicles to ice cream sandwiches, any way you decide to eat your ice cream, it’s sure to be delicious!
If you love ice cream, you are in good company. Here are a few fun statistics from our friends at Food Network Magazine that will surely get you ice cream lovers craving your favorite variation tonight!
- 74 percent of consumers have at least one carton of ice cream in their freezer right now… and six percent have at least four!
- 61 percent admit to eating ice cream straight from the carton. It saves on dishware!
- 57 percent list fudge as their favorite topping, 20 percent caramel and five percent butterscotch. What’s yours?
- 45 percent prefer plain ‘ol ice cream, the rest prefer theirs with stuff in it (e.g., chocolate chips).
- 57 percent say gelato is the best ice cream alternative, while 26 percent prefer frozen yogurt and 10 percent go for sherbet. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong!
Ice Cream Truck Classics
All ice cream lovers remember the classic jingle of their neighborhood ice cream truck. Enjoy some of your childhood favorites like these found right in the freezer aisle. No running down the street required!
- Ice Cream Sandwiches in just about any flavor including vanilla, cookies & cream, mint chocolate chip and chocolate.
- Ice Cream Drumsticks, the best portable option due to their low drip-factor, made possible by the cone and hard-shell chocolate, in varieties including classic vanilla, fudge, caramel and more.
- All-American Bomb Pops are festive and refreshing, full of cherry, lemon and blue raspberry flavors.
- Fudgsicles or Fudge Bars are plain and simple, but never dull in the flavor department and always heavy in nostalgia.
These deviations from the norm are hitting the freezer shelves and becoming new-age classics!
- Italian Ice is refreshing and comes in tropical flavors, like watermelon, lemon and pineapple.
- Frozen Bananas are all the rage these days, but they are conveniently prepared for you in the freezer aisle in any way you like—chocolate dipped, covered in nuts or bite-size.
- Gelato is trendy and popping up in stores nationwide, especially since it’s the most popular ice cream alternative, with fun flavors such as black raspberry chocolate chip, caramel cookie crunch and Sicilian pistachio.
- Frozen Custard is another ice cream alternative now seen in the freezer aisle, this one known for being rich, extra thick and creamy.
What ice cream novelty takes you back to your childhood? Let us know in the comments below!
 Food Network Magazine, July/August 2015 issue