The Infinite Possibilities Of Ice Cream

Close your eyes and say “ice cream” – what do you see?
Ice cream in a dish with syrup on top? Soft-swirled flavors in a cone? Encased in chocolate glaze on a stick? Ice cream cake, ice cream sandwiches, ice cream sundaes, shakes … the options are many and always evolving.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!


What was once only a sweet treat for royalty is now a year-round dessert staple. The first ice cream parlor opened in New York in 1776 – and the people couldn’t get enough. So much so, that President Ronald Reagan signed a presidential proclamation in 1984 to establish July as Ice Cream Month.

Now, with traditional dairy and innovative non-dairy options, it’s hard to find a person who doesn’t indulge in some form of ice cream as an after-dinner snack, to celebrate a victory, feel comfort after a break-up, or to cool down during a hot summer day.


The great debate


With all the options for flavors, its preparation, presentation, and methods of consumption, ice cream can be a hot topic for debate.

Need a conversation starter? Ask someone what they call the colorful toppings you can shake on ice scream. You’ll learn a lot about that person – but be prepared, it can spark quite a debate. Sprinkles, decorates, or jimmies?

YouGov polled US adults and asked, “What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?” Are the results surprising?
1. Chocolate
2. Vanilla
3. Strawberry
4. Mint chocolate chip
5. Butter pecan
6. Other
7. Chocolate chip cookie dough
8. Cookies /n crème
9. Rocky road
10. Coffee
11. Chocolate chip
12. Pistachio
13. Neapolitan
14. Birthday cake/cake batter
The results for toppings? Hot fudge came in as the most popular, followed by caramel, and (prepare for heated debate) sprinkles 


How do you celebrate National Ice Cream Day?


In the U.S., Ice Cream month is celebrated in July and National Ice Cream Day is typically the third Sunday of the month.

Do you celebrate the day or is every day a celebration of ice cream for you? Do you go with what you know or do you dare to be adventurous?

In a cup, a bowl, a cone, on a stick, in a sandwich, as a cake, with toppings or without, dairy or nondairy, out of a box, a machine or churned by hand – ice cream is a menu item sure to please nearly everyone.

Do you produce your own ice cream treats? KerrySelect offers a wide variety of edible decorations that are perfect for topping your ice cream creations. (We do officially list some items as “sprinkles” due to their use as ice cream or other confectionary toppings – this is in no way an argument against “jimmies.”)

Contact us to find out more.