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).
But not all ice cream is created equally — especially when you factor in the increasing popularity of upscale, gourmet, and alternative ice cream options. Let’s take a closer look at the state of Americans and ice cream, along with how you can get in on the latest tasty ice cream trends.
From Classic to Creative
What makes ice cream particularly popular? The amazing assortment of flavors offered. While most people believe that you can’t go wrong with a good, old-fashioned scoop of chocolate or vanilla, a number of other flavors also came out on top in a survey of America’s favorite ice cream flavors.
Always wondered about the great chocolate versus vanilla debate? You may be surprised to find out that not only did chocolate (16 percent) trounce vanilla (12 percent), but another flavor managed to squeak in between the two: much-loved cookies and cream (13 percent). Also earning spots in the top 10? Cookie dough, mint chocolate chip, strawberry, butter pecan, rocky road and coffee.
So does this mean there’s not hope for even more variety when it comes to ice cream flavors? On the contrary. The “other” category claimed 7 percent of the vote, with seasonal ice cream flavors — from Maine Wild Blueberry to Peach Crisp — of particular note.
Small Batch, Big Flavor
How are ice cream makers are able to debut new flavors while still serving up the exceptional quality today’s epicurean ice cream lovers demand? The small batch movement. These aren’t products you can find in the frozen foods aisle at your local grocery store. Rather, they’re dreamed up and concocted by local craftsman and artisans with a love of ice cream, and the ambition and know-how necessary to transform that love into making ice cream even better. (Who even knew that was possible?)
So, where will you find these flavors if not at your big box food retailer? The mail order ice cream market continues to come on strong thanks to innovative companies like FoodyDirect, which don’t just round up the country’s very best ice cream offerings, but also deliver them direct to your door.
And it doesn’t end with basic ice cream, either. From organic and vegan choices to variations like gourmet ice cream sandwiches, sorbets, frozen custard, push pops, “sundae parties,” and more, these creamy, cold, oh-so-delicious indulgences are all available — and literally so — at your fingertips.
There’s a reason why ice cream is a perennial top finisher on America’s “favorite desserts” roundups. But are you still settling for the supermarket status quo? If so, it’s time to crank up the heat — or, cold, as the case may be — and try mail order ice cream instead. There’s a scoop of caramel popcorn, honey lemon lavender, mango habanero, or banana bourbon caramel with your name on it. And while you’re at it, why not slide a slice of juicy, delicious pie underneath that scoop? Browse our amazing assortment of pies and so much more today.