I love ice cream. I love it in the summer, I love it in the winter. But I do seem to eat more of it in the summer. I guess like a lot of people it brings back fond memories of being a kid, eating an ice cream cone on a hot summer day and having it drip down your hand!

It seems NCP panelists like a variety of different ice cream (and frozen yogurt and sherbet) flavors. We looked at the purchase data that panelists transmitted for the past three months, and here are the top 15 flavors purchased:

  1. Vanilla
  2. Assorted
  3. Vanilla/Chocolate
  4. Chocolate
  5. Butter Pecan
  6. Mint Chocolate Chip
  7. Cookies & Cream
  8. Strawberry
  9. Fudge
  10. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  11. Neapolitan
  12. Rocky Road
  13. Chocolate Chip
  14. Coffee
  15. Moose Tracks

Full disclosure: My favorite is Mint Chocolate Chip!

This got me thinking about other flavors out there. So I did a quick Internet search and came up with these unusual ice cream flavors (from the cookingchanneltv.com):

  • Curry and Mint Ice Cream
  • Goat Cheese Ice Cream
  • Caramel Balsamic Swirl Ice Cream
  • Pumpkin Stracciatella Gelato
  • Brown Butter Bacon Ice Cream
  • Sweet Corn Ice Cream, Salty Popped Corn and Caramel-Candied Bacon Ice Cream
  • Honey-Rhubarb Ice Cream
  • Olive Oil Gelato
  • Roasted Strawberry and Buttermilk Ice Cream
  • Sour Cream Ice Cream

Yum! And believe it or not, there are dozens of other unusual varieties out there!

Ice Cream Is Big Business

According to The Nielsen Company, the country’s ice cream market has seen continued growth over the past four years. In the 52 weeks ended May 28, 2016, Americans had spent almost $6.5 billion on ice cream. But it’s not just ice cream U.S. consumers are picking up at the grocery store. They’re also buying frozen custard, non-diary ice cream and sorbet.

So you can see how much people love their ice cream.

Enjoy whatever flavor ice cream you like best, but make sure to treat yourself to some soon!

Have a great day.

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