June 3, 2011

Flavors of Ice Cream

What do Ben Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and First Lady Dolly Madison all have in common?

They were all big fans of ice cream!

 It is rumored that Ben's favorite flavor was tomato ice cream, although there is no proof that this is true. George spent $200 one summer buying ice cream, which can be proven by historians.  Thomas learned to make ice cream while in France as Secretary of State, and brought the idea back with him to the United States.  Dolly, as First Lady,  not only served it at her husband's Inaugural Ball in 1813, but also at most White House dinners during Madison's presidency.

 My favorite flavor of ice cream is neapolitan,.  I think that's because I feel like I'm getting three flavors instead of only one, which suggests that I'm eating more ice cream, even though I'm really not!

According to the International Ice Cream Association, 888 16th St., Washington, D.C., 20006, I'm with 4.2% other people who choose neapolitan as their favorite flavor.

Here is their listing of the fifteen most popular ice cream flavors:

1. Vanilla, 29%

2. Chocolate, 8.9%

3. Butter pecan, 5.3%

4. Strawberry, 5.3%

5. Neapolitan, 4.2%

6. Chocolate chip, 3.9%

7. French vanilla, 3.8%

8. Cookies and cream, 3.6%

9. Vanilla fudge ripple, 2.6%

10. Praline pecan, 1.7%

11. Cherry, 1.6%

12. Chocolate almond, 1.6%

13. Coffee, 1.6%

14. Rocky road, 1.5%

15. Chocolate marshmallow, 1.3%

All others, 23.7%

So what's your favorite ice cream flavor?  Of course, when the kids are bored and begging for something to do this summer, your favorite just might be this fun, homemade treat,   Ice Cream In a Bag.

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