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You could not figure out what your teenage daughter was eating.
As you glanced across the room and watched your younger daughter join her older sister and friends in conversation, you knew that your younger 16–year old daughter was eating something, but what was on her plate did not make sense. It appeared to be a small tower of graham crackers with something pink smeared between the layers. Just as you were getting ready to ask the same question, one of the college girls beat you to the punch.
What are you eating?!
The loud question caught everyone off guard and as the other chatter subsided, your youngest daughter simply explained that she had made her own ice cream sandwich. Turns out when she had been at the grocery store earlier in the day she had tried a tasting spoon size sampling of a couple new ice cream flavors. The display, in addition to offering tasting spoon samples of a number of different flavors, also featured graham crackers and a recipe hand out for homemade ice cream sandwiches. Your daughter bought a pretty wide variety of ice cream flavors, graham crackers, and she laughed that she would have bought the tasting spoons, too, if they had been for sale.
Before long, the entire group of girls moved to the kitchen island and were making their own ice cream sandwich with a variety of flavors.
It Is Difficult to Resist a Good Cup of Ice Cream
There are few desserts as easy to serve as ice cream. With individual ice cream cups, for instance, it is very easy to serve a large crowd at an outdoor event. At a smaller gathering, it is easy to set up large ice cream containers, a variety of toppings, and a few clever sprinkles, and let everyone select their own combinations.
Consider some of these facts and figures that back up the fact that many Americans scream for an ice cream dessert more that any other kind of sweet treat:
- 28.5 is the number of times an average American consumes ice cream in a year.
- There were an estimated 2,582 frozen yogurt stores in America at the end of the year 2013.
- 40% of Americans will eat ice cream any given two period week, according to research by NPD Group.
- 90% of American households regularly indulge in a frozen treat.
- 9% of all the milk produced by dairy farmers in America is used to produce ice cream.
- 1.5 billion gallons of ice cream and similar desserts are produced in America every year.
Teenage girls are not the only people in America who long for a sweet ice cream treat in the middle of the day or before pet at night.