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Taking A Closer Look At Ice Cream Consumption In The United States

Here in the United States, ice cream is a hugely popular dessert. Of this, there is just no doubt. After all, the data that has been gathered on the subject is more than in support of this claim. For many people, ice cream is the perfect treat at any time of the year (though, as one might expect, the most popular month for ice cream production is the month of June). For this reason, up to 90% of all households consume it (or another type of frozen treat) on a regular basis. And more than 85% of all households have ice cream containers on hand at all times. With the average American person consuming ice cream, on average, more than 28 times throughout the year, much of it from ice cream containers, it’s clear that Americans love ice cream quite a lot indeed.

There are lots of flavors of ice cream to love, after all. For instance, specialty flavors are popping up in ice cream shops all throughout the country. From blueberry to lemonade to lavender and beyond, if you can think of a flavor, it is likely that there is a type of ice cream to match it. Fortunately, the classics are still huge hits. In fact, chocolate is still the second-most popular type of ice cream out there, one that makes up nearly one-fifth of all ice cream sales seen throughout the country. Vanilla is still the reigning flavor, accounting for up to one-third of all sales. But no matter what, there is likely to be some type of frozen treat for everyone.

Even if it’s not ice cream. In addition to ice cream, frozen yogurt can prove to be an ideal substitute. After all, frozen yogurt is delicious in its own right – and likely at least a little healthier. And there’s no denying that frozen yogurt is quite popular all throughout the United States. After all, there are more than 2,500 frozen yogurt shops found all throughout the country, a number that has likely grown since this data was first gathered back in the year 2013. Ultimately, frozen yogurt is still delicious and cold in the way that ice cream also is, making it an ideal substitute no matter why you might be passive over traditional ice creams.

Gelato is another variety of frozen desserts and one that actually shares more similarities to ice cream than differences. Gelator, however, is quite a bit denser than ice cream, given the fact that it only has about 25% air content – 30% at the very most. Ice cream, on the other hand, often has up to 50% air churned into it, giving it a considerably lighter texture indeed. But gelato has a dramatically reduced milk fat content, one that typically does not climb over 8% at the very most – and is sometimes even as low as 3%, ideal for someone who is looking to be even just a little bit more health-conscious.

There are many ways to procure these frozen desserts. For instance, getting a container from your nearest supermarket or grocery store is a great way to get ice cream. After all, such containers are easy to store in your home, as such containers will be likely to fit easily within your freezer. Aside from the use of such containers, going to an ice cream parlor or frozen yogurt shop is another viable option. Wooden tasting spoons can be used to sample wide selections of ice cream, and yogurt cups and ice cream cups can provide mess-free options or frozen dessert consumption. The ice cream cone, invented back in the year of 1904, is another popular vessel for ice cream consumption.

From ice cream containers to store in your home (like the quart container) to eating ice cream with plastic spoons or drinking ice cream (in the form of a milkshake) with a paper straw – or doing any of the above with gelato or frozen yogurt – the options for frozen dessert consumption are varied and just about endless. This means, of course, that there is something out there for just about everyone in terms of enjoying frozen desserts.