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These 10 U.S. cities have the most ice cream shops per capita

If you love ice cream — and who doesn’t? — maybe you should consider moving to the Northeast. While the weather may not scream for ice cream, the people sure do! According to a recent analysis, many of the U.S. cities with the highest number of ice cream shops per capita, hail from colder cities in the Eastern Time Zone, heavily skewing toward the Northeast. The data to determine the “Top Ten U.S. Cities for Ice Cream” was compiled by Infogroup. They looked at over 15 million business records in metropolitan areas of more than 500,000 people to see which had the greatest concentration of ice cream parlors — both chain shops like Dairy Queen and Baskin Robbins and locally-owned shops. The results showed a clear geographical pattern, and it’s not in the warm, touristy locations with think of. This means that locals are more likely to take an ice cream…

The sweetest deals for National Ice Cream Day, July 21, 2019

It’s National Ice Cream Month, but our adoration for the cold, creamy dessert doesn’t stop there. National Ice Cream Day is July 21, 2019, and to celebrate, ice cream shops and brands across the country are offering some pretty sweet deals. Indulge with one of these freebies or offers. Baskin Robbins Sign up for Baskin Robbin’s app and receive a free regular scoop just for joining. Carvel It’s BOGO at Carvel. When you order a soft serve cup or cone on July 21, you’ll get one of equal or lesser value for free! Cold Stone Creamery Sign up for Cold Stone Creamery’s Reward Club and get a coupon for a BOGO ice cream creation. In honor of National Ice Cream Day, Cold Stone is also offering a gift card promotion. Purchase $30 in gift cards online and receive a bonus $10 e-gift card. CREAM Buy a scoop and get a…

25 tasty facts about ice cream you never knew

In 1984 summers got a little sweeter. Then President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day. Reagan’s proclamation declared that all people of the United States observe the holiday with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.” Challenge accepted. This year National Ice Cream Day falls on July 21, and while we don’t really need a special reminder to eat loads of ice cream, it sure is nice to have an excuse. In celebration of this most important of food holidays, add an extra scoop to your cone and settle in for 25 tasty facts you never knew about ice cream. 1. About 87% of Americans have ice cream in their freezer right now On any given day, it’s estimated, nearly 9 out of 10 Americans have a tub of ice cream in their freezer. What can we say? When…

You might be storing your ice cream all wrong

It’s extra hot outside, but that doesn’t have to bother you — mostly because it’s the perfect excuse to enjoy an extra scoop of ice cream. (Is there really anything better than ice cream on a hot summer day?) But before you go and load your freezer full of pints of your favorite flavors, you may want to consider how you’re handling that frozen treat. Ice cream is a perishable product, and it needs to be treated with care. Whether ice cream lasts in your house a few days or a few months (who are these people?), you should pay attention to how you’re storing and handling it. Of course the easiest way to deal with ice cream is buying it and eating it in one sitting. (You may take this as your permission to do so — after all, food waste is a huge concern nowadays.) But, if you’re…

Here’s how to get Free Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream on Free Cone Day

For as long as Easter eggs and spring flowers have marked the first signs of spring, so too has Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day. Well, okay, maybe not that long. But the annual ice cream event has been going strong since 1979.. Free Cone Day returns to Ben & Jerry’s on Tuesday, April 9, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. for its 40th consecutive year. If you’re not familiar with how the lactose-loving holiday works, you’re in for a tasty treat — or as many treats as you’d like, to be exact! That’s because Ben & Jerry’s will give you a cup or cone of any flavor you like, then you can get right back in line for seconds (or thirds or fourths) — no fake mustache or wig needed. Unlike many giveaways or freebies, there are zero strings attached — no apps to download, no coupons to cut,…

9 genius food-related inventions given to the world by women

From frozen pizza to flat-bottomed paper grocery bags, women inventors throughout history found it difficult to get the patents — and the recognition — they deserved. But these nine brilliant women, and their inventions, persevered and helped make the world of food what it is today. 1. Flat-bottomed paper bags Paper bags used to look more like envelopes or cones, and their design didn’t allow them to stand upright on a table, making checkout or doing just about anything with your bag of groceries nearly impossible. America’s bags got an upgrade in 1868 when cotton mill worker Margaret Knight invented a machine that made paper bags with a flat bottom. But credit for the design didn’t come easy. A man named Charles Annan saw her drawings and received a patent without giving Knight credit. The female inventor took Annan to court and after a legal battle earned her own patent…

Shamrock shakes return to McDonald’s menus nationwide

Birds chirping and snow melting are all well and good, but the first sign of spring for many is the return of the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. The popular minty green milkshake is officially back on the menu, the company confirmed in a Tweet. Thirsty fans can find the creamy confection using a new feature on the McDonald’s mobile app that tracks which restaurant locations are selling the beverage or by using the Shamrock Shake Finder. https://twitter.com/McDonalds/status/1095714184363458561 For those not in-the-know, Shamrock Shakes — or Shammies — are made by blending McDonald’s vanilla soft serve with minty shamrock shake syrup and topped with whipped cream and a cherry. Since the beverage debuted in 1970, it has earned an impressive following. More than 6 million Shamrock Shakes have been sold. Much like the McRib, Shamrock Shakes are only available at McDonalds for a limited time, while supplies last. This year, you can…

FDA warns of dangers associated with eating foods prepared with liquid nitrogen

Well, it was fun while it lasted. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration just sent a piece of your summer fun up in a cloud of smoke. The FDA issued a safety alert on Thursday warning consumers about potential dangers associated with eating food containing liquid nitrogen.  Liquid nitrogen laced foods such as cereals, ice cream, and cheese puffs have become popular in recent years because they “emit a misty or smoke-like vapor,” according the the FDA alert. This vapor leaves the consumer with the ability to briefly blow smoke out their nose and mouth to look like a dragon. The foods, often called “Dragon’s Breath” or “Heaven’s Breath”, are commonly served at fairs and festivals, as well as mall kiosks and some ice cream shops, the FDA said. The alert said serious injury, including internal organ damage, can result or eating such foods. Individuals with asthma could be especially at risk. “The FDA…

Surprising facts about soft serve

Whether you’re loading up on a Dairy Queen Blizzard or craving that Carvel twist cone, everyone has a soft spot for soft serve. There are few foods more beloved by all ages than this swirly summertime staple. The frosty tower is refreshing enough to cool you down, but not so heavy that you feel sluggish afterward. According to NPD data, soft serve is the nation’s number one preferred type of frozen dairy dessert. You may have loved the sweet stuff since the time you were in diapers, but how much do you actually know about soft serve? What makes it different that ice cream? And who invented such a magical treat? Here’s the low down on your favorite frosty treat. It’s origins are sticky Like many iconic inventions, there are conflicting stories about the origins of soft serve. At its center is a battle between soft serve giants Dairy Queen…

What causes ‘brain freeze’?

It all starts with an innocent spoonful of ice cream. Then another. Then another. But before you know it, your ice cream sundae — or perhaps morning smoothie — has stopped you cold in your tracks with an old fashioned case of sphenopalatine ganglion neuralgia — better known as brain freeze. It’s so common, you could ask if it’s really even summer without experiencing this sensation. It’s not harmful and it doesn’t last long, but when it hits, those few seconds can be crippling. So what causes it?  After many personal experiments diving face first into that mint chocolate chip cone, you already know that cold treats leave you with a quick and intense headache. But what causes our bodies to react that way? Is it really cold temperatures “freezing” your brain? “On the roof of your mouth you have this thick bed of capillaries, so when you have something cold, it causes…