Here's a little known chocolatey morsel of info—chocolate ice cream was actually invented before vanilla. You heard right—the earliest ice cream flavors were modeled after drinks so chocolate naturally came before vanilla because hot chocolate was very popular in 17th century Europe. In fact, the first frozen chocolate recipe was published in Naples, Italy in 1692 in the book The Modern Steward and much later chocolate ice cream found it's way to the United States in the late nineteenth century. In addition to chocolate ice creams's rich history, today we celebrate National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, held every year on Jun. 7, to channel in our inner Willy Wonka and pay tribute to this decadently frosty treat.
Why We Love Chocolate Ice Cream (and National Chocolate Ice Cream Day)
A. It mixes the two best things together
Who doesn’t love chocolate and who doesn’t love ice cream? The rich, decadent taste of chocolate meets the refreshingly cold, silky texture of ice cream—they’re a truly mouth-watering duo that was clearly meant to be.
B. It makes our sadness go away
Chocolate and ice cream: the world’s most popular foods to indulge in when you’re going through a tough breakup or when you’ve just had a bad day. A bowl of (or straight out of the carton) chocolate ice cream is scientifically proven help make fights, heartaches, breakups, and sadness just a little bit easier.
C. It makes us feel like a kid again
Think back to chasing down the ice cream truck or standing on you tip toes to pick out your favorite chocolate scoop at the ice cream counter. Chocolate ice cream brings back that child-like nostalgia with its classic and simple taste.
How to Celebrate National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
1. Visit an old-fashioned ice cream parlor
If you find yourself hoping for an old-timey experience to celebrate National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, head on over to your local ice cream parlor or diner and order a milkshake or sundae. Whatever chocolate flavor you desire, a day at a classic parlor will be a sweet time when you’re transported 60 years into the past.
2. Load up on toppings
The best way to make your ice cream double the chocolatey goodness is to cover it in chunks of your favorite chocolate candy bar or douse it in fudgey chocolate sauce. Double the chocolate, double the fun.
3. Fix yourself a dessert-themed cocktail
After a long day at work, nothing is better than a drink or a bowl of ice cream to take the edge off a stressful day. We say, why not have both? A boozy chocolate cocktail will leave both drinkers and chocolate lovers satisfied—nothing beats a chocolate buzz.
America’s Favorite Ice Cream Flavors
To celebrate National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, the National Today data science team surveyed 1,000 Americans about their ice cream-eating habit. Here are Americans’ favorite ice cream flavors. What Are yours?
AMERICA’S TOP 9 ICE CREAM FLAVORS:
#1: Mint chocolate chip (16%)
#2: Chocolate (15%)
#3: Cookies and cream (15%)
#4: Vanilla (12%)
#5: Butter pecan (11%)
#6: Rocky road (10%)
#7: Strawberry (10%)
#8: Chocolate chip (5%)
#9: Neapolitan (4%)
America’s Top Ice Cream-Loving Cities
To get the scoop on America’s ice cream-eating habits, we partnered with Postmates (America’s most popular universal delivery app) to rank cities across the U.S. based on the total number of chocolate ice cream deliveries in the past 12 months using the Postmates app, the frequency of these deliveries, and the overall preference for chocolate ice cream over other foods,
AMERICA’S TOP 40 CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM-LOVING CITIES:
#1: San Antonio
#2: New York City
#3: San Francisco
#8: Kansas City
#9: Oklahoma City
#10: Los Angeles
#11: Ft. Lauderdale
#13: San Diego
#17: Las Vegas
#22: Dallas / Ft. Worth
#24: Washington, D.C.
#25: Virginia Beach
#31: New Orleans
#32: St. Louis
#36: Palm Springs
#39: Jersey City