The term Ice Cream Social might sound a little bit dated, recalling the days of yesteryear when men wore boater hats and women wore long dresses that fully covered their ankles. Though many groups around the country will still use the term as a way of harkening back to older times, one thing is definitely for certain: Americans love ice cream as much today as they ever have.
According to NPD Group research, four out of every ten Americans will eat ice cream in any two week period. Ice cream is a fantastic dessert option that is often enjoyed after a meal or as an experience all on its own. Whether it is a Super Bowl party, a church fundraiser, or simply a backyard get together with friends during the summer or anytime, sharing ice cream is something we love to do. So, why not bring the Ice Cream Social back? Here’s what you’ll need in order to prepare.
Decide on your favorite flavors and bring in some extras
In the United States, there are in the neighborhood of 1.5 billion gallons of ice cream made every year. In addition, there are also similar dessert products like gelato and frozen yogurt that some people prefer to ice cream. When you are shopping for your ice cream, it might be a good idea to mix things up a little bit by offering frozen yogurt or gelato options. Giving people a few choices always spices up a nice party.
Remember those toppings
It’s been pretty much established that Americans love their ice cream. The average American eats ice cream almost 29 times per year; that’s a pretty decent amount when you think about it. Though many people like their flavors plain, toppings on ice cream is something folks enjoy as well.
Chocolate syrup, gummies, multi-colored sprinkles, and caramel are just a few of the many different types of toppings you can serve.
Don’t foget your supplies
So, you’ve bought a ton of ice cream, frozen yogurt, and gelato. You’ve always got ice cream cups, spoons, napkins, and other supplies. But, you suddenly realize you have nothing to put it in and nothing for your guests to eat it with. Don’t forget about those supplies.
When it comes to supplies, there are all kind of different things you will need. Ice cream cups, frozen yogurt cups, ice cream cups with lids, ice cream cones, you name it. If you need it, you can find it. In addition to the ice cream cups, you’ll surely be needed plastic spoons, napkins and maybe even a couple of plastic tablecloths so that your clean up will be easy after everyone takes off.
If you are planning an Ice Cream Social, you will be hosting one of the great traditions in America. Ice cream socials go way back. They’ve been at the center of birthdays, Fourth of July celebrations, summer picnics, and all kinds of events for decades. If you have the ice cream, toppings, and supplies, you are sure to have a wonderful event enjoyed by all.