Most Popular Ice Cream

Not surprisingly, vanilla ice cream is still the most widely consumed flavor. It’s ability to remixed with any variety of toppings, and it’s generally complimentary taste have one it 29% of the market share. But ice cream’s history is much longer and outlandish then one might think. Tracing roots as an ice and fruit to Emperor Nero in the first century, a similar concoction was whipped from ice and milk by a King Tang in 7th century China. It’s seen a gradual development since then, emerging here and there in the form of Italian sorbets and French ice-milk dishes. The first parlor was opened in America in 1776, and it has been served as a luxury item ever since.

Time and technology have allowed for cheaper and much more efficient production. Modern refrigiration techniques dropped the price of ice cream drastically, as you no longer needed large amounts of ice and salt to keep the cream chilled. The continuous process refigerator was successfully introduced by Clarence Vogt in the 1920s, and ice cream cones first gave people a chance to carry it around and spill it on their pants at the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904. It’s been giving us “Good Humor” since Harry Burt’s team of uniformed drivers started delivering it in 1920.

Today, ice cream is widely available in traditional flavors at any retail food merchant, and in niche-market packages from parlors such as Ben and Jerry’s and Baskin Robbin’s, or the more recent Coldstone Creamery. More healthy renditions have become available in frozen yogurt and other fat free varieties, as some of us have a waistline to watch. Make mine mint-chocolate chip any day.

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Based on ice cream consumption figures, the top five individual flavors in terms of share of segment in the United States are:

  1. vanilla (26%),
  2. chocolate (12.9%)
  3. neapolitan (4.8%)
  4. strawberry (4.3%)
  5. cookies n’ cream (4.0%)

Source: The NPD Group’s National Eating Trends Services

In 2003, about 86% of packaged ice cream retail sales happened in supermarkets. Convenience store sales were second at 11.4%, drug stores were third at nearly 2%, with 0.6% occurring at other locations. Source: Mintel

Based on supermarket statistics in 2001*, ice cream volume sales by quality segment were: superpremium (3.5%), premium (51.5%) and regular (45%). Source: IRI

Nearly 80% of supermarket ice cream sales are packaged in half-gallon containers. Source: IRI, 2001

Mexico is the single largest market for U.S. frozen dessert exports, with an estimated value of almost $17 million. Canada was the number two destination for U.S. frozen dessert exports, valued at $6.6 million. Japan ($3.6 million), United Kingdom ($3.4 million), and Hong Kong ($3.1 million) are third, fourth and fifth respectively. Source: USDA/International Ice Cream Association

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29 Responses to “Most Popular Ice Cream”

  1. Lydz says:

    this is not so true. I live in NZ and I asked my entire college (1000 students) ans the favourite was strawberry!

  2. h8 vanilla says:

    i h8 vanilla

  3. samantha says:

    vallina is the best do you think?

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  5. ina says:

    love chocolate

  6. j3 says:

    Blueberry! 🙂

  7. Dinki says:

    MINT CHOCLATY chip is my favourite although i know only a very few people like it..
    which makes it more special ^_^

  8. rei belle says:

    thank you for your info …
    it is indeed a great help in our research….
    but i suggest you conduct a world survey not just the countries you prefer..

  9. Liora says:

    WHOA look at Coldstone Creamery’s ingredients list (pdf) available here LOTS of artificial ingredients, artificial flavors, fillers, food colorings & even preservatives (like polysorbate 80, linked to infertility in lab. animals!). Better off with Ben & Jerry’s or Haagen Dasz!

  10. Taylor says:

    i agree with dinky! Mint chocolate chip is amazing!! 🙂

  11. highlandgirl says:

    I love superman ice cream!!!:)

  12. Carla says:

    “this is not so true. I live in NZ and I asked my entire college (1000 students) ans the favourite was strawberry!”

    Fallacy of the accident, much?

  13. Josie says:

    I LOVE strawberry ice cream I could see why my fav fruit is strawberry

  14. Jan says:

    my favorite is Banana!!

  15. Alex says:

    I think that cookies n cream is kids fav cuz my middle school luvs it how do i know cuz i'm Anna Katherine Carter vp of my school.

    ps my nickname is Alex

  16. Lonna says:

    I love mint choco chip! and My friend Taylor loves Moose Tracks!!!!!!!!!!

  17. I love chocolate chip cookie dough and mint chocolate chip!

  18. Sara says:

    My favorite is birthday cake ice cream! mayfield has the best of that flavor. mhm yummy now I want some ice cream ha.

  19. Eric says:

    i like chocolate chip cookie dough = D, cookie dough and ice cream, a 12 year old’s dream

  20. melody says:

    i love STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    jessica cao had a strawberry, icy cake for her birthday from Cold Stone!!!!!! SOO FANTISTICLY GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. axl says:

    Green tea icereamm yeahhhhhhh

  22. sam says:

    sherbert… =Þ

  23. anna says:

    1. rocky road 2. chocolate chip cookie dough 3. vanillaa ! x33

  24. izz says:

    i love vanilla icecream..

    i’ve heard in japan they use cow’s poop to make vanilla flavour..

    and it is more delicious..

  25. C"ome$ says:

    1. Mango



    **try them its diff. But Awsome !!!!! ;O)

  26. julie says:

    i love mint chocolate chip mmmm my fav

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