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Here are just a few tidbits about this yummy dessert to whet your appetite:

  • Almost 13% of men admit licking the bowl after finishing their ice cream.

  • Only 8% of women lick the bowl after finishing their ice cream.  

  • Nearly 5% of all people who eat ice cream share it with their dogs or cats.

  • The first public performance of Stephen Foster’s song “Oh, Susanna” was in an ice cream parlor.

Now, take our brief Quiz below and become an ice cream guru! 

(To find the answers, hover your mouse over the ice cream cone following each question.

Answers also appear at the end of the quiz,

just in case someone helped him/herself to dessert!)

 

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1. How many pounds of milk does i
t take to make just one gallon of ice cream?

A) 12

B) 5

C) 20

D) 28

1. A) 12 - Wonder how they fit it all in one carton?

2. What country consumes the most ice cream per person per year?

A) Canada

B) Italy

C) United States

D) Japan

2. C) United States - Each American consumes a yearly average of 23.2 quarts of ice cream, ice milk, sherbet, ices and other commercially produced frozen dairy products.  The Northern Central states have the highest per capita consumption of ice cream at 41.7 quarts. 98 percent of all households purchase ice cream.  Maybe we should make ice cream the fifth food group!  After the United States, the next nine top ice cream consuming countries are 2) New Zealand, 3) Denmark, 4) Australia, 5) Belgium/Luxembourg, 6) Sweden, 7) Canada, 8) Norway, 9) Ireland, and 10) Switzerland.

 

3. Which U.S. state boasts the highest per capita consumption of ice cream?

A) Alaska

B) Pennsylvania

C) Wisconsin

D)California

3. A) Alaska - Alaska is also the second largest per capita consumer of Spam. Hmmmmmmm........

 

4. The top three cities in America that purchase the most ice cream on a per capita basis are:

A) Portland, Oregon; St. Louis, Missouri; and Seattle, Washington
B) Chicago, Illinois; Sacramento, California; Minneapolis, Minnesota      

C) Detroit, Michigan; Houston, Texas; Miami, Florida

D) New York, New York; Atlanta, Georgia; Boston, Massachusetts

4. A) Portland, Oregon; St. Louis, Missouri; and Seattle, Washington               

 

5. On an average, how many licks does it take to polish off a single-scoop ice cream cone.

A)173

B) 50

C) 108

D) 237                                                                                                              

5. B) 50 - That's right, for an average cone, an average size dip, on an average temperature day, with an average size tongue.  Challenge your family to a Lick-a-Thon, and see who finishes first!


6.
The biggest ice cream sundae in history weighed over

A) 2500 pounds

B) 5000 pounds

C) 16 tons

D) 24 tons

6. D) 24 tons – This gargantuan epicurious delight, weighing 54,915 lb, was made by Palm Dairies Ltd. in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on July 24, 1988. You can't order that in an ice cream parlor!


7. The ice cream cone was invented in

A) 1865

B) 1624

C) 1779

D) 1904

7. D) 1904 – The ice cream cone’s invention is linked to the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. An ice cream vendor reportedly didn't have enough dishes to keep up with the demand, so he teamed up with a waffle vendor who rolled his waffles into “cornucopias”.  By another account, Italo Marchiony sold his homemade ice cream from a pushcart on Wall Street. He reduced his overhead caused by customers breaking or wandering off with his serving glasses by baking edible waffle cups with sloping sides and a flat bottom. He patented his idea in 1903.

8. Haagen Dazs is made in Sweden and it's name means

A) "Happy Days"

B) “Have a dish”

C) “Ice Cream”

D) nothing

8. D) nothing - Contrary to common belief, the name is not European; it is simply two made-up words meant to look European to American eyes. This is known in the marketing industry as foreign branding. Ironically, although Häagen-Dazs operates in 54 countries around the world, none of the company's 700 stores is in any Scandinavian country.

 

9. When ice cream was served to new immigrants to the U.S. on Ellis Island, many of them

A) thought it was to be melted, then drunk like milk

B) spread it on their bread

C) threw it in a game of “snowballs”

D) got brain freeze

9. B) spread it on their bread - they thought was a new type of cold butter (though some likely did experience brain freeze!)

 

10. Vanilla extract is produced

A) by a complicated chemical process

B) from a bean grown in Asia

C) from a plant in the orchid family

D) from the tulip bulb

10. C) from a plant in the orchid family - Vanilla is imported from hand pollenated orchids grown in Madagascar, Mexico and Tahiti, and vanilla produced in each of these locations produces vanilla extract which has its own distinct characteristics. 80 percent of the world's Vanilla Bean used for ice cream is grown in Madagascar. 

 

11. In the late 1800's, a New York guidebook described them by saying they "barely eke out a miserable existence. Take them all in all, and they are a very curious class of people, interesting to study". Who were these people?

A) ice cream manufacturers

B) Hokey-Pokey men

C) people who typically purchased ice cream from street vendors

D) children

11. B) Hokey-Pokey men - Hokey-pokey men were ice cream street vendors who sold very poor quality, and often unsanitary, ice cream. Some say the name came about because many of the vendors were of Italian descent who roamed the streets crying out, "O che poco", which translates to "Here is a little [ice cream]". Some believe that this phrase gradually was corrupted to "hokey-pokey". Other linguists say that because their ice cream was such poor quality that anyone who bought it was "deceived", these street vendors were placed in the same categories as street jugglers and magicians who used the phrase "hocus-pocus", and this was in fact the phrase which was corrupted to "hokey-pokey" You decide.

 

12. What was Elvis' favorite ice cream?

A) Butter Pecan Brandy

B) Chocolate Milk Shake

C) Banana Nut Sundae

D) Rocky Road

12. B) Chocolate Milk Shake - Elvis loved all kinds of ice cream, but his favorites were chocolate milkshakes and peach ice cream. Thank you, thank you very much.

 

13. On which day of the week is the most ice cream sold?

A) Friday

B) Saturday

C) Sunday

D) Wednesday

13. C) Sunday - Yep, it's Sunday, not sundae.

 

14. The largest banana split ever made was

A) almost as long as a football field

B) more than 4.5 miles long

C) as heavy as a fully loaded Boeing 747

D) 1 mile long

14. B) more than 4.5 miles long - Yeah, it's true...and it took me almost an hour to eat it all! The residents of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA, made a banana split measuring 7.32 km (4.55 miles) in length along Market Street, Selinsgrove, on April 30, 1988.

 

15. During World War II, there was a shortage of flour for ice cream cones, so they were made out of

A) crushed and processed cardboard

B) crushed soymeal

C) crushed popcorn

D) cotton candy

15. C) crushed popcorn - without the cob. That was used for something else.

 

16. In 1946, the following new flavor was tried:

A) Tuna fish ice cream

B) Penicillin ice cream

C) Stroganoff ice cream

D) Hamburger ice cream

16. B) They apparently thought kids would take their medicine better!

 

17.  What age group eats the most ice cream per person?

A) children ages 2 through 12

B) teenagers

C) adults ages 20-45

D) adults over age 45

17. A) children ages 2 through 12 and D) adults over age 45 – by the way, adults consume nearly one-half of all ice cream novelties.

 

18. The favorite ice cream topping is

A) nuts

B) caramel syrup

C) chocolate syrup

D) strawberry topping

18. C) chocolate syrup - was there any doubt in your mind?

 

19. The state that produces the most ice cream is

A) California
B) Indiana,
C) Ohio
D) Illinois

19. A) California – followed by Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Michigan.


20. The most popular ice cream flavor is

A) Chocolate

B) Vanilla

C) Strawberry

D) Butter pecan

20. B) Vanilla (29%) – followed (in order) byC (8.9%), Butter Pecan (5.3%), Strawberry (5.3%), Neopolitan (vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry) (4.2%), Chocolate Chip (3.9%), French Vanilla (3.8%), Cookies and Cream (3.6%), Vanilla Fudge Ripple (2.6%), Praline Pecan (1.7%), Cherry (1.6%), Chocolate Almond (1.6%), Coffee (1.6%), Rocky Road (1.5%),  Chocolate Marshmallow (1.3%), All Others (23.7%).

 

21. The ice cream dish known as a sundae was spelled such

A) by two kids who opened an ice cream stand and misspelled the name

B) because it sounded better than “ice cream Saturday”

C) because it was developed on a Sunday

D) out of respect for the Sabbath

21. D) out of respect for the Sabbath - during the stuffy Victorian period, drinking soda water was considered improper, so some towns banned its sale on Sundays. An enterprising druggist in Evanston, IN, reportedly concocted a legal Sunday alternative containing ice cream and syrup, but no soda. To show respect for the Sabbath, he later changed the spelling to "sundae."

 

22. Why did the cow cross the road?

A) He saw the “cattle crossing sign”

B) He knew a short cut to the barn

C) He was avoiding Gertie

D) To get his ice cream

22. D) To get his ice cream – of course!  Isn’t that what this quiz was all about? 

 

 

 

ANSWERS

 

1. A) 12 - Wonder how they fit it all in one carton?

2. C) United States - Each American consumes a yearly average of 23.2 quarts of ice cream, ice milk, sherbet, ices and other commercially produced frozen dairy products.  The Northern Central states have the highest per capita consumption of ice cream at 41.7 quarts. 98 percent of all households purchase ice cream.  Maybe we should make ice cream the fifth food group!  After the United States, the next nine top ice cream consuming countries are 2) New Zealand, 3) Denmark, 4) Australia, 5) Belgium/Luxembourg, 6) Sweden, 7) Canada, 8) Norway, 9) Ireland, and 10) Switzerland

 

3. A) Alaska - Alaska is also the second largest per capita consumer of Spam. Hmmmmmmm........

 

4. A) Portland, Oregon; St. Louis, Missouri; and Seattle, Washington               

                                                                                                             

5. B) 50 - That's right, for an average cone, an average size dip, on an average temperature day, with an average size tongue.  Challenge your family to a Lick-a-Thon, and see who finishes first!


6. D) 24 tons – This gargantuan epicurious delight, weighing 54,915 lb, was made by Palm Dairies Ltd. in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on July 24, 1988.  You can't order that in an ice cream parlor!


7. D) 1904 – The ice cream cone’s invention is linked to the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. An ice cream vendor reportedly didn't have enough dishes to keep up with the demand, so he teamed up with a waffle vendor who rolled his waffles into “cornucopias”.  By another account, Italo Marchiony sold his homemade ice cream from a pushcart on Wall Street. He reduced his overhead caused by customers breaking or wandering off with his serving glasses by baking edible waffle cups with sloping sides and a flat bottom. He patented his idea in 1903.
 

8. D) nothing - Contrary to common belief, the name is not European; it is simply two made-up words meant to look European to American eyes. This is known in the marketing industry as foreign branding. Ironically, although Häagen-Dazs operates in 54 countries around the world, none of the company's 700 stores is in any Scandinavian country.

 

9. B) spread it on their bread - they thought was a new type of cold butter (though some likely did experience brain freeze!)

 

10. C) from a plant in the orchid family - Vanilla is imported from hand pollenated orchids grown in Madagascar, Mexico and Tahiti, and vanilla produced in each of these locations produces vanilla extract which has its own distinct characteristics. 80 percent of the world's Vanilla Bean used for ice cream is grown in Madagascar. 

 

11. B) Hokey-Pokey men - Hokey-pokey men were ice cream street vendors who sold very poor quality, and often unsanitary, ice cream. Some say the name came about because many of the vendors were of Italian descent who roamed the streets crying out, "O che poco", which translates to "Here is a little [ice cream]". Some believe that this phrase gradually was corrupted to "hokey-pokey". Other linguists say that because their ice cream was such poor quality that anyone who bought it was "deceived", these street vendors were placed in the same categories as street jugglers and magicians who used the phrase "hocus-pocus", and this was in fact the phrase which was corrupted to "hokey-pokey" You decide.

 

12. B) Chocolate Milk Shake - Elvis loved all kinds of ice cream, but his favorites were chocolate milkshakes and peach ice cream. Thank you, thank you very much.

 

13. C) Sunday - Yep, it's Sunday, not sundae.

 

14. B) more than 4.5 miles long - Yeah, it's true...and it took me almost an hour to eat it all! The residents of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA, made a banana split measuring 7.32 km (4.55 miles) in length along Market Street, Selinsgrove, on April 30, 1988.

 

15. C) crushed popcorn - without the cob. That was used for something else.

 

16. B) They apparently thought kids would take their medicine better!

 

17. A) children ages 2 through 12 and D) adults over age 45 – by the way, adults consume nearly one-half of all ice cream novelties.

 

18. C) chocolate syrup - was there any doubt in your mind?

 

19. A) California – followed by Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Michigan.


20. B) Vanilla (29%) – followed (in order) byC (8.9%), Butter Pecan (5.3%), Strawberry (5.3%), Neopolitan (vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry) (4.2%), Chocolate Chip (3.9%), French Vanilla (3.8%), Cookies and Cream (3.6%), Vanilla Fudge Ripple (2.6%), Praline Pecan (1.7%), Cherry (1.6%), Chocolate Almond (1.6%), Coffee (1.6%), Rocky Road (1.5%),  Chocolate Marshmallow (1.3%), All Others (23.7%).

 

21. D) out of respect for the Sabbath - during the stuffy Victorian period, drinking soda water was considered improper, so some towns banned its sale on Sundays. An enterprising druggist in Evanston, IN, reportedly concocted a legal Sunday alternative containing ice cream and syrup, but no soda. To show respect for the Sabbath, he later changed the spelling to "sundae."
 

22. D) To get his ice cream – of course!  Isn’t that what this quiz was all about?

 

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