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Odes to Ice Cream Cones: 110 Years of Sweet Treats

by Linda Ryan

Odes to Ice Cream Cones: 110 Years of Sweet Treats

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When you are smack dab in the middle of summer, nothing is as satisfying as a crispy cone filled with sweet, decadent ice cream. According to www.icecream.com, the average American eats 48 pints of ice cream per year. That's nearly a pint of ice cream a week! And if you are thinking ice cream is just a warm weather treat, it might interest you to know that people in Alaska eat about two gallons more ice cream than the national average.

Ice cream's popularity is probably why, in 1984, President Reagan declared July National Ice Cream Month, and the third Sunday of the month National Ice Cream Day. Despite our nearly unanimous love for ice cream, no one seems to agree on who invented the first ice cream cone. Although the exact origin of the ice cream cone is a source of controversy (who knew, right?), most foodies concur that the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair was the birthplace of the modern ice cream cone. That would make 2014 the ice cream cone's 110th birthday.

But what does ice cream have to do with music? The sweet treat has been the subject of many songs, from superstars as disparate as Van Halen, Sarah McLachlan, Raekwon and Miley Cyrus. We did some digging and came up with an entire playlist of odes dedicated to ice cream. So hit play and treat yourself to some sweet sounds.

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