How much do you know about ice cream?

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Before you scoop up your next bowl of ice cream, test your knowledge about everyone's favorite summer treat.

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What's the most popular ice cream flavor?

Load it with toppings or eat it plain, but good old vanilla is America's favorite ice cream flavor. Chocolate, cookies 'n' cream, strawberry and chocolate chip mint round out the top five, according to the International Dairy Foods Association. That doesn't stop chefs and ice cream shops from coming up with interesting new flavors. Black Raspberry Krunch Sundae, German Chocolate Cake and Hawaiian Wedding Cake ice cream were 2015 winners for innovative flavor awards.

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How much ice cream does the average American eat every year?

We sure scream for ice cream. Each of us eats nearly 22 pounds of ice cream each year. To keep our freezers full, U.S. ice cream companies made more than 872 million gallons of the creamy good stuff in 2014.

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Who was the first U.S. president to really love ice cream?

Although President Reagan declared July as National Ice Cream Month back in 1984, it was our first president who was crazy for the stuff. Washington allegedly spent $200 on ice cream during the summer of 1790. He had ice cream-making equipment at his home at Mount Vernon and he later served it to his guests at the White House.

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What's the most popular ice cream topping?

Whether you like chocolate syrup or hot fudge, chocolate is the way to go. According to a recent Harris Poll, more than half of those surveyed say it's their favorite ice cream topping, followed by nuts, whipped cream, caramel and fruit. (Sounds like they're making a heck of a sundae.)

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How can you get rid of brain freeze?

Brain freeze is a headache that comes on quickly when you eat or drink something really cold. It alerts the nerves in the roof of your mouth, which signal your brain to send blood rushing in to warm the area up and a headache ensues. To speed things along, touch your tongue to the roof of your mouth to warm it up and calm your brain's reaction.

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Gelato has less _ than ice cream.

This Italian-style frozen dessert is denser than ice cream because it's made with less air. In contrast to ice cream, this creamy treat usually has more milk than cream, as well as less added sugar and no egg yolks. Because gelato is denser, you're likely to get a smaller serving too.

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About how much of milk made by U.S. dairy farmers is used for ice cream?

About 10.3 percent of all the milk produced by dairy farmers in the United States is used to make ice cream, according to the International Ice Cream Association.

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What was likely born at the World's Fair in St. Louis in 1904?

The exact origins of the ice cream cone are somewhat disputed. But the most-told story is that the cone was developed at the fair when an ice cream maker — who had a booth next to a waffle maker — ran out of cups. The industrious waffle maker molded his waffles into cones and voila!

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About how many Americans have ice cream in their freezer?

The ice cream folks at Breyers commissioned a consumer survey and found that 87 percent of us have ice cream in our homes at any given time. Not only that, but 19 percent of Americans admit to hiding ice cream in the back of the freezer where other family members won't find it.

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What was the first widely available off-the-wall flavor?

Outside of the big three (chocolate, vanilla and strawberry) the first mainstream ice cream flavor was rocky road — a tasty combination of marshmallows and almonds tucked into creamy chocolate. It was likely first created in 1929 when a creamery in California chopped up a candy bar and added it to chocolate ice cream.

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Which type of ice cream has less total fat?

If you're watching your weight, scoop up some light (or lite) ice cream. It has at least 50 percent less total fat or 33 percent fewer calories than the regular version. The reduced fat kind has at least 25 percent less total fat than the regular version. Lowfat ice cream has a maximum of 3 grams of total fat per serving (which is just 1/2 cup) and nonfat has less than .5 grams of total fat per serving.

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Which country eats the most ice cream?

New Zealand tops the world in ice cream consumption with an average of 7 1/2 gallons per person per year. The U.S. is second with 5 1/2, followed by Australia, Finland and Sweden.