Whether enjoyed on its own or smothered in hot fudge, vanilla remains the nation's most popular flavor of ice cream, according to the International Dairy Foods Association. So if you love vanilla, today is your day to celebrate National Vanilla Ice Cream Day. You can read more about ice cream history here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_cream
Although no one has been credited with the invention of ice cream, we do know that its origins date as far back as the second century B.C. Today, ice cream is a more than $21 billion industry in the U.S.
Want the "scoop" on vanilla ice cream? Here are five fun facts:
1. 12 pounds of milk is needed to make one gallon of ice cream.
2. Vanilla ice cream was served to immigrants arriving at Ellis Island as part of their "Welcome to America" meal.
3. Madagascar grows 80 percent of the vanilla beans used in ice cream production around the world.
4. The difference between French vanilla and traditional vanilla ice cream? French vanilla contains egg yolks, which is why it has a more yellow appearance than traditional vanilla.