What do you scream for?

By the Numbers - July 2005


I scream, you scream, we all scream—for various reasons, at various times, but often—for ice cream. July is the perfect month for this frosty treat, which is why it is National Ice Cream Month. In celebration, we look at ice cream by the numbers:

2-12 Age group that eats the most ice cream.

2 Rank of the United States in per-capita ice cream consumption (after New Zealand).

4 Rank of Illinois among states in ice cream production (following California, Indiana and Ohio).

1 Rank of vanilla, the most popular ice cream flavor, followed by chocolate, butter pecan, strawberry, neopolitan and chocolate chip, with rocky road coming in 14th.

50 Average number of licks it takes to finish a single scoop ice cream cone.

1,209 Number of Eskimo Pies, stacked end to end, it would take to reach the top of the Washington Monument.

85 Number of years the Eskimo Pie, originally called the I-Scream Bar, has been on the market.

238 Words in the “I Scream You Scream Song,” mentioned as an excuse to point out that among the lyrics in the song are Oogie de wawa rah rah rah and Boola boola/Sasparoola.

550 Number of flavors sold by the Helados Coromoto ice cream store in Venezuela, where, in addition to vanilla, you can order a dish of shredded-beef-black-bean-rice-plantain ice cream (hot fudge and sprinkles optional).

200 Dollars, the amount President George Washington spent on ice cream in the summer of 1790.

96,400 Dollars, the bill for President Washington’s ice cream adjusted for 215 years of inflation.

23.2 Quarts of ice cream you eat each year if you are an average American. Zay N. Smith


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