Here are just a few tidbits about this yummy dessert to whet your appetite:
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C) United States
3. Which U.S. state boasts the highest per capita consumption of ice cream?
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
C) Detroit, Michigan; Houston, Texas; Miami, Florida
D) New York, New York; Atlanta, Georgia; Boston, Massachusetts
5. On an average, how many licks does it take to polish off a single-scoop ice cream cone.
A) 2500 pounds
B) 5000 pounds
C) 16 tons
D) 24 tons
A) "Happy Days"
B) “Have a dish”
C) “Ice Cream”
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
10. Vanilla extract is produced
A) by a complicated chemical process
D) from the tulip bulb
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?
12. What was Elvis' favorite ice cream?
D) Rocky Road
13. On which day of the week is the most ice cream sold?
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
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
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
17. What age group eats the most ice cream per person?
A) children ages 2 through 12
C) adults ages 20-45
D) adults over age 45
18. The favorite ice cream topping is
B) caramel syrup
C) chocolate syrup
D) strawberry topping
19. The state that produces the most ice cream is
D) Butter pecan
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
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
1. A) 12
- Wonder how they fit it
all in one carton?
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!
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.
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?