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Here are a few "mix-in" facts to discuss with friends on your next ice-cream outing:

-Federal statistics estimate the typical American eats 22 quarts of ice cream per year-about the same amount consumed per person in 1960. One-third of the ice cream is low-fat or non-fat, but there has been a concurrent rise in the consumption of premium or high-butterfat ice cream.

-The most frequent customers at the highly popular Cold Stone Creamery stores are females between 24 and 34 years old.

-Highly sensible ice cream eating-is that an oxymoron?-means you are ordering sorbet, sherbet, low-fat ice cream or low-fat frozen yogurt (not all frozen yogurts are low in fat). These choices range between 150 to 200 calories with minimal fat.

-The ice cream cone was created by "accident" at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. When a fellow ice cream vendor ran out of dishes, Syrian merchant Ernest Hamwi rolled some of his waffles into a cone shape to help his neighbor still keep serving up ice cream.



If you're going to indulge, indulge with understanding. When you consider that the body can metabolize only 800 calories at a given time, some of the more popular ice cream dishes have meallike proportions.

Ice cream: Two scoops of Baskin-Robbins vanilla ice cream. Caloric equivalent (500 calories): Two bowls of New England clam chowder soup.

Ice cream: Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey in a chocolate-dipped waffle cone. Caloric equivalent (820 calories): Full slab of ribs.

Ice cream: Cold Stone Creamery Mud Pie Mojo. Caloric equivalent (1,180 calories): Two personal pan pizzas at Pizza Hut.

Ice cream: TCBY Toffee Coffee Cappuccino Chiller. Caloric equivalent (1,200 calories): T-bone steak, Caesar salad and baked potato with sour cream.


(c) 2003, Chicago Tribune. Distributed by Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service.

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