With July being National Ice Cream Month, Americans have answered once again with their favorite ice cream of choice.
As expected vanilla ice cream reigned supreme once again as America’s favorite, and chocolate-filled flavors dominated the top five bestselling ice cream according to a recent survey of ice cream makers and retailers across the United States.
“Vanilla has long been the best-selling ice cream flavor not only because it is creamy and delicious, but also because of its ability to enhance so many other desserts and treats,” Cary Frye, IDFA vice president of regulatory and scientific affairs said.
“It tastes great topped by whipped cream and fudge sauce in a sundae, with root beer in a float or atop a warm slice of apple pie.”
Conducted by the International Dairy Foods Association [IDFA] and the National Ice Cream Retailers Association the survey showed America’s top five flavors are: vanilla, chocolate, Cookies N’ Cream, Mint Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
When asked to name their most daring and creative flavors, the respondents listed less traditional options including Lemon Poppyseed Muffin, Black Sesame and a bourbon and caffeine spiked concoction called Exhausted Parent.
From neighborhood scoop shops to national brands, the ice cream industry in the United States contributes more than $39.0 billion to the national economy and creates more than 188,000 jobs nationally.
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day.
He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90 percent of the nation’s population.
In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”
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