Ice cream is one of America’s great loves. In fact, one of the best ways to break the ice (no pun intended!) is to ask people their favorite flavor. Are they a fan of the classic strawberry or vanilla? Or are they a bold lover of pistachio? Whatever kind of ice cream a customer likes, packaging is key to making sure their ice cream experience is a tasty and enjoyable one. If you work in wholesale, own your own shop or just really like ice cream, you’ll want to read up on these ice cream facts to stay ahead of the curve!
Ice Cream In The U.S.
Did you know over 1.5 billion gallons of ice cream are produced in the United States every year? That’s a lot of happy mouths! The average American consumes ice cream almost 30 times yearly and, at the end of 2013, the country saw over 2,500 frozen yogurt stores in business. Around 10% of the milk produced in America goes straight to the ice cream industry, to boot. There’s just something about cold, tasty treats that bring everyone together!
Ice Cream v.s. Gelato
However, not all frozen desserts are made the same. What’s the difference between ice cream and gelato, anyway? Ice cream, on average, contains around 50% air once it’s done with the churning process. Gelato, on the other hand, contains around 25% air. Vanilla is the most popular flavor of ice cream, at around 28% of a recent consumer survey, with chocolate following close behind. Whichever type you choose, you know it’s going to taste good!
Plastic Tasting Spoons And Drink Cups
Being caught up on ice cream trends is all well and good, but what about its packaging? A good serving of ice cream will get nowhere without cups for ice cream or plastic tasting spoons for the indecisive customer. Colored spoons are fun for the kids and ice cream cups are especially popular during the summer when everybody is on the move. Last, but not least, waffle cones are a handy alternative for those who can’t eat ice cream fast but don’t want to miss out on a delicious cone. Customers, like ice cream, come in all shapes and sizes — what’s your favorite frozen treat?