The Most Popular Ice Cream Flavors by State

It’s summer, and that usually means – among other things – hot weather, swimming, being outside, and most importantly, eating ice cream!

Truth is, you can eat ice cream any old time of the year, but for some reason it just seems to go better with the summer season.

As you would expect, different parts of the country enjoy different flavors of ice cream.

WorkWise Software compiled a list (see WorkWise graphics below) using Google Trends to determine which popular ice cream flavors are searched through the United States. While vanilla and chocolate are two of the most-searched ice cream varieties, the most searched variety is actually cookies and cream, which was the top search result in 14 states.

The most popular ice cream flavors list also includes some unique flavors:

  • Connecticut: Beer ice cream
  • Michigan: Superman ice cream, which is a swirl of blue, red, and yellow
  • Ohio: Pumpkin
  • Oregon and Utah: Coconut milk
  • Pennsylvania: Teaberry ice cream, which is pink and tastes like a wintergreen mint
  • Virginia: Tiger Tail, which is orange-flavored ice cream with black licorice swirl
  • Washington D.C.: Stracciatella, which is vanilla with chocolate strips

As for us New Yorkers, we seem to love a good scoop of chocolate chip (which is my personal favorite!)

What is your favorite type of ice cream? Let us know in the comments section.

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And let’s not forget chocolate and vanilla!

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Note: Thanks to WorkWise Software for all the cool graphics!

Thanks, and have a great weekend – and have some ice cream, too!

Best Regards,
Taylor

Beat The Heat

It’s hot out there! Extremely hot weather is hitting much of the country this week, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Temps are expected to soar across the Central and Eastern United States.

According to the NWS, the heat wave is covering the Central Plains from Eastern Colorado into Kansas, and extending up to the Great Lakes. By Saturday it will cover much of the East Coast from Virginia up through New York City, where temperatures are expected to reach or be close to 100 degrees.

More than 170 million people have been under heat alerts, stretching from New Mexico to New Hampshire, covering nearly 2,000 miles, according to NBC News.

So, now the key question becomes: How do you beat the heat??

Try these common-sense tips, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Medicinenet.com:

  • Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as you can. If you don’t have air-conditioning, arrange to spend at least parts of the day in a shopping mall, public library, movie theater, or other public space that is cool.
  • Fans can help circulate air and make you feel cooler even in an air-conditioned house.
  • Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the refrigerator for a quick refreshing spray to your face after being outdoors.
  • Keep plastic bottles of water in the freezer; grab one when you’re ready to go outside. As the ice melts, you’ll have a supply of cold water with you.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully.
    • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen.
    • Pace yourself.
  • Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
  • Look for “cooling stations” in your local area.
  • Don’t use the stove or oven to cook—it will make you and your house hotter.

Other things to consider during extreme weather conditions:

  • Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
  • Never leave children or pets in cars.
  • Check the local news for health and safety updates.

What do you do to stay cool? Let us know by posting a comment!

Remember: If you go to a shopping mall or restaurant and purchase something, use the NCPMobile App or your scanner to let us know about it.

Have a nice weekend, and stay cool!

Best Regards,
Taylor

NCPulse Results

Last week, my colleague Joanna (via video) introduced NCPulse — our fun new (and informal) way of asking you questions about some of today’s topics.

 NCPulse: Your finger on today’s topics

Our first question was about July 4th and what food item just had to be on the table for your BBQ (or if you were attending one, what would you bring).

We received many responses across YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, and here are the results!

  • 14% said hot dogs were a must
  • 8% planned to have hamburgers
  • 8% looked forward to serving some sort of salad, such as potato, pasta or macaroni
  • 6% were serving up ribs
  • 4% were going to have some cut of steak
  • And for those with a sweet tooth, 12% said a delicious dessert was the top item they had to have on the table … including one panel member who said it had to be a “Jimmy Carter Cake.”

We had never heard of that, so we did a little research, and just wow…does that cake sound amazing! Check out the recipe here:
https://www.cooks.com/recipe/nd5z50os/jimmy-carter-cake.html

We’ll share more NCPulse questions very soon…so make sure to look for them!

Have a great weekend.

Best Regards,
Taylor