Whether you like it in a cone, out of the container, or on top of a pie, ice cream is a staple of summer fun. But as much as you love to eat ice cream, how much do you really know about it? Today, we have 5 great facts that will make you love ice cream even more.
5. World leaders have always loved ice cream. Records show that leaders including Alexander the Great and Roman emperor Nero loved ice cream, even though it is also noted that back then, ice cream was just flavored snow. Thomas Jefferson loved ice cream so much, he submitted a recipe for it to the Library of Congress
4. Money may not grow on trees, but ice cream does. Well, not really. But there is a tree that’s indigenous to South America called “The Ice Cream Bean Tree” because its seeds taste like vanilla ice cream.
3. Many world records involve ice cream. Who can blame people for wanting to make even bigger versions of one of the greatest desserts of all time? The largest ice cream cone was a little over 9 feet tall and was made by Mirco Della Vecchia and Andrea Andrighetti of Italy. The longest ice cream dessert was set in Florida in 2013 for a dessert over 1,249 feet long. And the biggest ice cream sundae was made in Edmonton, Alberta in 1988 and weighed over 24 tons!
2. There are many silly laws about ice cream. Most states have outdated laws that they never bothered to change, and several of them have laws that restrict its citizens’ enjoyment of ice cream. In New York, it is illegal to walk around on Sundays with an ice cream cone in your pocket. (Where else are you supposed to put your ice cream cone?) In California, it is illegal to eat ice cream with a fork in public. And in Arizona, a gallon of ice cream must weigh at least four and a half pounds. (That seems to be an incentive to make each flavor chock-full of brownie chunks and chocolate covered pretzels, so we can’t say we’re not in support of this law…)
1. Ice cream cones were a [happy] mistake. The ice cream cone was made popular at the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904. According to legend, an ice cream vendor ran out of cups, and the waffle vendor next to him (whose waffles were too mushy) offered to roll up his waffles to serve the ice cream in. This is perhaps the greatest result of not having enough supplies in the history of the world.