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I scream, you scream for ice cream quiz

young boy holding ice cream cone excited and smiling

Ice cream is the quintessential summer treat—but how much do you really know about its history? Take this quiz to find out!

1. When was the waffle cone invented?

2. Which flavor was invented first: chocolate or vanilla?

3. Which country is the home of the Häagen-Dazs brand?

4. Where was apple pie à la mode invented?

5. Which brand was the first to offer chocolate chip cookie dough?

6. What do photographers often use as a substitute for ice cream?

7. What causes an ice cream headache?

8. Why does Ben & Jerry’s use so many chunky mix-ins in its products?

9. How was the ice cream “sundae” invented?

10. How many brands of ice cream can actually use the Oreo cookie in their cookies and cream flavor?

The scoop

1. The waffle cone was created at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. 2. Chocolate, in 1692. 3. The Häagen-Dazs brand was established by two Americans­—Reuben and Rose Mattus. 4. Apple pie à la mode was invented at the Cambridge Hotel in New York when a customer named Professor Charles Watson Townshend regularly ordered ice cream with his apple pie. 5. Ben & Jerry’s was the first company to sell chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream in 1991. 6. Food photographers frequently use modified mashed potatoes as a stand-in for actual ice cream in photos. 7. An ”ice cream headache“ happens because the nerve endings on the roof of your mouth are not used to being cold, and they send a message to your brain signaling a loss of body heat. As a result, blood vessels in your brain contract, and when they return to their normal size, the blood in your head rushes back. This is what causes the feeling of a headache. 8. Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors are full of chunky mix-ins in part because co-founder Ben Cohen has no sense of scent, and a lot of his pleasure in ice cream comes from its texture. 9. The “sundae” was invented when religious leaders rallied against serving ”sinfully“ rich ice cream sodas on Sundays. The sundae was born containing ice cream and syrups only. 10. Though most ice cream brands sell the flavor, only Breyer’s, Good Humor and Klondike have the license to use actual Oreo cookies in their products.

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