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Fun facts about ice cream

We’ve been in the ice cream business for a long time so we like to think we know a thing or two about it. We have put together 10 little-known and interesting facts about ice cream that just may surprise you – and might well inspire your next ice cream rush!

  1. During the 5th century BC, ancient Greeks ate snow mixed with honey and fruit in the markets of Athens. The father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, encouraged his Ancient Greek patients to eat ice “as it livens the life juices and increases the wellbeing.”
  2. Worldwide, around 15 billion litres of ice-cream are consumed every year, enough to fill 5,000 Olympic swimming pools.
  3. The last thing Elvis Presley ate was four scoops of ice-cream and six chocolate chip cookies.
  4. The waffle cone was invented by accident when a Syrian waffle maker at the St. Louis World’s Fair began rolling his pastries into horns to help an ice cream vendor who had run out of paper dishes.
  5. There is an ice cream fruit in Hawaii that tastes exactly like vanilla ice cream. It’s called the inga feuillei, but locals call it the ice cream bean. It grows on perennial trees in hot climates, and it is enjoyed in many different ways by locals.
  6. Do you suffer from sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia? Also known as an “ice cream headache” or brain freeze, this happens because the nerve endings on the roof of your mouth are not used to being cold, and they send a message to your brain signalling a loss of body heat. To combat brain freeze, hold your tongue against the roof of your mouth – this will help warm your sensors and get your brain out of panic mode.
  7. In the early days of television, mashed potatoes were used to simulate ice cream on cooking shows. Real ice cream melted too fast under the heat from the lighting.
  8. Eskimo Ice Cream (Akutaq) is made by using a concoction of reindeer fat, seal oil, freshly fallen snow or water, fresh berries and sometimes ground fish. Air is whipped by hand until it cools into foam. Akutaq can also be made with moose, or polar bear meat or fat.
  9. “Raw Horse Flesh” is an ice cream flavour that is sold in Japan… mmm!
  10. Immigrants at Ellis Island were served ice cream as part of the welcoming to America.