Ice cream comes in many forms and flavors, with different cuisines all over the world having their own version of this sweet, cold, delicious dessert. In some cultures, making and eating ice cream is something of a tradition. Children flock to an ice cream truck when they hear its music. Friends and family go out to eat ice cream as a fun way to spend time together. Some people even invest in an ice cream maker when they get married or move to a new home.
While churning your own ice cream might be fun once in a while, there’s no denying that most folks now just get whatever ice cream they want from the market. Grocery stores have freezers full of ice cream bars, cups, tubs, and cones. If you want something a bit more special, there are many unique soft-serve options and specialty ice cream parlors to visit. If we look at the ice cream industry by the numbers, there were over a billion gallons produced in the United States alone from 2019 to 2020. The nutritive content of this ice cream will depend on its brand and type as well as the specific flavor. Sounds interesting? Here’s a breakdown of the nutritive value of the most popular ice cream flavors and their related products: