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Enjoy National Ice Cream Day


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SALT LAKE CITY — Today is National Ice Cream Day, so designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. He liked his sweets, of course, and he set aside the third Sunday in July to enjoy a scoop and to dedicate the entire month to the popular frozen dessert.

Americans love frozen snacks. Each American consumes an average of 23 quarts of ice cream and other frozen dairy products every year.

"On average we sell about 300 to 600 shakes a day at this location, so over a year's time, in the entire company, we service over 100,000 gallons of ice cream," said Kelly Christensen, owner of Iceberg.

The well known Iceberg Drive-in location at 900 East and 3900 South has been serving up shakes, cones and everything else frosty since 1960, much to the delight of, well, just about anyone who drops b

"Ice cream is just that treat that everyone needs, you know. (It) makes them feel good," Christiansen said.

Iceberg has 10 locations in Utah, and they've stuck to the same formulas developed years ago.

"We make everything from scratch Christiansen said. "And we use the original recipes in our ice cream mix, formulated just for our company since 1960."

Hopefully you were able to enjoy a bowl, scoop, cone, shake, split or other frozen treat today, but regardless, here are a few fun facts about ice cream to ponder on your way to the freezer.

  • We scoop, lick, swallow more of the stuff during the months of July and August
  • More Ice cream is sold on Sunday than any other day of the week
  • Highest per-person consumption in terms of age group is between age 2 and 12 and over 45
  • The top three cities in America that purchase the most ice cream on a per capita basis are: Portland, St. Louis, and Seattle.
  • 98 percent of all households purchase Ice cream during the year.
  • The U.S. state with the highest per capita consumption is Alaska
  • On average, it takes 50 licks to get to the bottom of an Ice cream cone
  • Almost 13percent of men admit licking the bowl after finishing their ice cream
  • Only 8 percent of women lick the bowl after finishing their ice cream.
  • Nearly 5 percent of all people who eat ice cream share it with their dogs or cats.

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Keith McCord

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