Mind flex: Sweet scoop trivia

With flavors galore to satisfy just about any palate, who doesn’t love ice cream? Here’s your chance to learn more about one of America’s favorite desserts. Plus, you can impress your friends the next time you’re sharing this cold and creamy treat.

  • In 2015, Norway set a world record for the largest ice cream cone, measuring over 10 feet high. It had enough ice cream to serve two scoops each to 10,800 people.

  • According to NASA, aside from pizza and soda, astronauts miss ice cream the most when traveling on space missions.

  • Have you ever wondered why you get a brain freeze from eating ice cream too quickly? When something cold touches the roof of your mouth, your blood vessels tense up and trap blood in your brain, causing the extra pressure in your head. Next time this happens, press your tongue or thumb against the roof of your mouth so the warmth can loosen up the vessels.

  • Vanilla is the most popular ice cream flavor in the ice cream-loving countries of Germany, Italy, the U.S., New Zealand, China and Brazil.

  • The origin of ice cream can be traced back to the fourth century B.C., when the Roman emperor Nero brought ice from the mountains and mixed it with fruit. 

  • America’s love of ice cream began when it was imported to the U.S. by Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, who served it to a group of guests.

  • The ice cream cone was invented by concession vendors at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri, as a way for people to eat ice cream while they enjoyed the fair.

Ice cream is a classic dessert that never goes out of style. Whether you knew some of these facts or learned something new, now you can wow your friends with some of the secrets that make ice cream such an irresistible sweet treat. Two scoops, anyone? 

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