It's not just the kids who fit the rhyme ``We all scream for ice cream.'' Americans over age 55 eat more ice cream per capita than any other age group, according to a new study on frozen sweets. The average American eats ice cream at home 41 times per year, but the over-55-year-olds eat it an average of 56 times annually.

    This age group even tops children aged 6 to 12, who average only 43 times a year at home, and teen-agers, who average 41 times. Both these groups may add to their consumption by eating ice cream away from home, of course. The group that eats ice cream at home least often is the 18- to 34-year-olds, with an average of 29 times a year. Average times for the 35- to 54-year-olds is 38 times a year.

    ``Ice cream is thought of as a treat that appeals to the young,'' says David Fencl of MRCA Information Services, publisher of the study. ``Surprisingly, we find the over-55 age group consuming both premium-brand and regular ice cream at nearly 50 percent above the national average.''

    Mr. Fencl explained that ``eating dessert at home has been declining steadily for years,'' and ice cream consumption has declined 2 percent a year since 1977. But consumption of premium ice cream rose 38 percent last year. And it is obvious that ice cream is definitely a favorite dessert, either alone or with another food.

    The MRCA study, based on a representative sample of 2,000 households, shows that ``premium'' ice creams are most popular in the Northeast, with smaller families, and in households earning more than $30,000 a year.

    The study not only analyzes ice cream consumption, but also covers frozen cakes and pies, frozen whipped topping, dessert novelties such as pudding pops, and breakfast products such as frozen croissants and waffles.

    Other findings about frozen sweets include:

    Vanilla ice cream is 21/2 times as popular as the runner-up flavor, chocolate. Neapolitan, a combination of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, is a distant third. Vanilla is up 6 percent since last year, while most other traditional flavors have declined.

    Men eat ice cream at home nearly 10 percent more often than women.

    Consumption of frozen pies fell 16 percent last year and frozen cakes, 20 percent.

    Consumption of frozen whipped topping is up 7 percent; frozen waffles, 9 percent; frozen pancakes, 41 percent; and frozen croissants, 161 percent.

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    What state eats most ice cream?
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    Which country eats the most sour cream?
    The top tier of sour cream-eating countries are identified as the US, France, Poland, Russia, and Germany. The second tier includes countries of Eastern Europe and the EU. more
    Which country eats the least ice cream?
    0.1 litres of ice cream are consumed by the inhabitants of India every year, which earns this nation the record achievement of consuming less ice cream than any other. Apart from Indonesia (0.1 litres), with which it shares this “first place”, followed by Pakistan (0.2 litres). more
    What state eats the most cream cheese?
    Cream cheese was the second-most favored cheese, making its way into the hearts of 6 states. State Favorite Cheese New Hampshire Brie New Jersey Mozzarella New Mexico Cream Cheese New York Mozzarella more
    Which state eats the most ice cream?
    But there are some parts of the country that are obsessed with this cool treat. So who eats the most ice cream in America? This infographic from Bundle pinpoints what cities and states consume the most ice cream and frozen yogurt per capita. It turns out the residents of Long Beach, California enjoy it the most. more
    What happens if your dog eats ice cream?
    Dogs Don't Digest Milk Well Humans aren't the only species that are sensitive to dairy. Eating ice cream may cause your dog a stomach ache or worse, depending on how sensitive they are. Ice cream can cause your dog gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea or vomiting. more
    Who eats the most ice cream in America?
    On average, Americans consume 12.1 pounds of ice cream every year. That means ice cream isn't just delicious in America it's big business.States That Eat Most (And Least) Ice Cream. Rank State 1 California 2 Oklahoma 3 New Jersey 4 New York more
    What age range eats the most ice cream?
    '' Americans over age 55 eat more ice cream per capita than any other age group, according to a new study on frozen sweets. The average American eats ice cream at home 41 times per year, but the over-55-year-olds eat it an average of 56 times annually. more
    What happens if a cat eats ice cream?
    Most cats are lactose intolerant This means that consuming lactose—which milk and most kinds of ice cream contain—can lead to upset stomach, diarrhea, and vomiting in cats. Furthermore, with its typical sugar, fat, and dairy content, ice cream can contribute to obesity in cats. more
    What happens if a dog eats vanilla ice cream?
    Since one of the largest ingredients is milk, letting your dog eat vanilla ice cream could lead to gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, or vomiting. Some dogs simply don't have the stomach to handle dairy products. more

    Source: www.csmonitor.com

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