Tomorrow is Ice Cream Day!
Are you kidding? EVERY DAY is Ice Cream Day!
Did you know that Ice Cream is a BILLION dollar industry? Try MULTI-Billion!
According to a 2018 study done by ResearchAndMarkets.com the global ice cream market was worth US$ 57.7 Billion in 2018. The study projected a steady increase of that marketplace, reaching US$ 91.2 Billion by 2024.
And just to add a few dollars to the total, the study only included the world’s top FOUR ice cream makers.
To put this into perspective:
“The average American consumes more than 23 pounds of ice cream per year. Regular ice cream is the most popular category of frozen desserts. U.S. ice cream companies made more than 898 million gallons of regular ice cream in 2015.” – idfa.org
The International Dairy Foods Association says the top ten most favorite Ice Cream flavors are:
- Cookies N’ Cream
- Mint Chocolate Chip
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
- Buttered Pecan
- Cookie Dough
- Moose Tracks
Not only is Vanilla the perennial flavor, but it leads the list in sales because it is found in bars, cones and other confections.
Don’t Bore Me With History!
I love tidbits of history, and I never in a million years would have guessed this.
Before you keep on reading, give a guess WHEN Ice Cream was first recorded in history?
Do you have a date?
“Ice cream’s origins are known to reach back as far as the second century B.C., although no specific date of origin nor inventor has been indisputably credited with its discovery. We know that Alexander the Great enjoyed snow and ice flavored with honey and nectar. Biblical references also show that King Solomon was fond of iced drinks during harvesting. During the Roman Empire, Nero Claudius Caesar (A.D. 54-86) frequently sent runners into the mountains for snow, which was then flavored with fruits and juices.
Over a thousand years later, Marco Polo returned to Italy from the Far East with a recipe that closely resembled what is now called sherbet. Historians estimate that this recipe evolved into ice cream sometime in the 16th century.” –idfa.org
And that’s just the beginning! Here’s more if you are interested.
Clothing trends, hairstyles trend, movie stars trend … and apparently so does ice cream!
Ice cream shops, trucks and many of the smaller ice cream companies, are constantly experimenting with new flavors.
Which of these appeals to YOU?
- Lavender Coconut
- Black Sesame
- Bourbon Crunch
- French Toast Bacon
- Earl Grey Tea
- Shortbread Cookies
- Spicy Caramel
Sugar-Free Ice Cream Alternatives
Given that we are in the SUGAR-FREE-ZONE let’s talk about sugar. The sugar content of most manufactured ice cream is through the roof.
According to nutritionix.com a typical one cup serving (132 grams) of vanilla ice cream contains
Total Carbohydrates 31Made up of Sugars 28 and Dietary Fiber 0.9
For a NET Carb count of 30 grams
Yikes … on many Keto diets that one serving would be your total carb count for the entire day.
While there are small selections of low carb ice creams available, they are usually VERY expensive with a limited selection of flavors.
The solution? Make your own SUGAR-FREE Ice Creams.
You can get ice cream machines for less than $50 … and once your ingredients are assembled, you can make a container of ice cream in less than 30 minutes … pretty well all of that time will be spent staring at your ice cream maker, willing it to work faster!
Here’s the carb count for a one cup serving of plain sugar-free vanilla ice cream:
Yep … there is NO contest in the sugar-free wars.
Commercial sugar filled ice cream – 30 grams of carbs
Home made sugar-free ice cream – 6 grams of carbs.
And your home made version will contain NO questionable fillers (palm oil, canola oil, corn oil) or potentially harmful preservatives.
Here are 15 really amazing sugar-free ice cream recipes from plain vanilla and chocolate to mint chocolate chip to … Moose Tracks!