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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for June 16: Ice Cream


WASHINGTON, June 15 -- Following is the daily “Profile America” feature for June 16 from the U.S. Census Bureau:


Profile America Saturday, July 16th. Tomorrow is a day that almost everyone can celebrate wholeheartedly it’s National Ice Cream Day. Our favorite dessert has been around since colonial times, when George Washington and Dolly Madison served it at their parties and receptions. In those days, ice cream had to be made by hand. The advent of refrigeration saw a huge increase in ice cream sales. Now, the U.S. makes more ice cream than any other country in the world. The average American consumes about 17 pounds of regular ice cream annually, 7 pounds of low fat ice cream and just over a pound each of sherbert and frozen yogurt. We buy most of our ice cream in supermarkets, and our favorite flavor by far is vanilla. One can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau on the Web at


Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments ready to air on a monthly CD or on Internet at (look under the “Newsroom” button). For further information, contact Rick Reed at 301-763-2812, fax at 301-457-3670, or e-mail at


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