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The Real Scoop on Americans and Ice Cream

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Americans love their ice cream. In fact, the average American eats upwards of 40 pounds of ice cream annually, according to a report from City A.M. This significantly outpaces per capita ice cream eating in other parts of the world, including second-place finisher Australia (22 pounds), as well as Norway (21 pounds), Sweden (20 pounds) and South Korea (18.5 pounds). ... Read More »

Giving 101: An Overview of the Psychology of Giving Gifts

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Gift giving is a ritual in modern society and has been for thousands of years, but have you ever given any thought into why we give gifts? Sure, it’s often out of a sense of obligation, but there are many other factors in play. And, what about that whole “‘Tis better to give than to receive” thing? Does it really ... Read More »

Are Your Corporate Gifts up to the Task?

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Corporate gift giving spend is on the rise, according to the results of the Advertising Specialty Institute’s 7th annual Corporate Gift Spending Report. With more companies not only thanking their clients with gifts, but also spending more in the process, it begs the question: Are your corporate gift giving efforts keeping up with the competition? Let’s take a closer look ... Read More »

Beyond the Popsicle: Ice Cream Sandwiches, Push-Pops and More

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Perhaps no other dessert says “summer” to the youth of America quite like a good, old-fashioned Popsicle®. In fact, Popsicles® are so beloved that we recently celebrated an entire day honoring one flavor: May 27th was National Grape Popsicle® Day. Read on for the 411 on how Popsicles® earned their iconic status, along with other warm weather treats guaranteed to ... Read More »

Dissecting “As American As Apple Pie”

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On the list of all things American — whether truly American or not — apple pie lands a top spot. In fact, this beloved dessert has even become the benchmark for all things Americana in the oft-heard adage, “As American as apple pie.” But how did apple pie secure its signature status and what does the expression really mean? As ... Read More »

Five Ways to Have a Fabulous Fourth of July This Year

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Americans ignite approximately 200 millions pounds of fireworks worth close to $700 million every year, according to the Amerivan Pyrotechnic Association. That’s the equivalent weight of 200 Boeing 747s! Why are we so enamored with fireworks, and what makes the Fourth of July worthy of the distinction of hosting the country’s biggest collective pyrotechnic display year after year? It’s simple: ... Read More »

Hamburgers: A Not-So-Brief History During National Hamburger Month

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Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, we’re in full-on burger-eating season. And while hamburgers are indeed a beloved American food, the truth is that they date back much farther than the founding of this country. But if not in the United States, where did hamburgers originate? Let’s take a closer look at the history of America’s favorite food, ... Read More »

Three Tips for Throwing the Perfect Company Picnic

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Employers are always seeking out new ways to boost the morale of their employees. Perhaps they should consider looking to the past instead of to the future? Specifically, we’re talking about the time-tested tradition of the company picnic. Let’s take a closer look at why company picnics are a worthwhile initiative, along with tips for pulling off the perfect event ... Read More »

Lobster’s Journey from Humble to Haute

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Lobster may be posh today, but it was once the food of poor people and prisoners. So how did this now-celebrated shellfish ascend from humble origins to its status as one of society’s most fancy foods? There’s no better time to take a closer look at this oft-craved crustacean’s journey from cast-off to commodity than on National Lobster Day this ... Read More »

Getting to the Bottom of What Dads Really Want for Father’s Day

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When it comes to Father’s Day gifts, it’s not just the thought that counts. Because, as it turns out, most fathers don’t actually want another necktie or piece of handmade noodle artwork. (Our apologies if we just rained on your present-planning parade.) So, what will fathers be looking for this June 19? To answer that question, we’re taking it all ... Read More »