Last week I blogged about the ice cream man, and since we’re still in a heat wave today I’m blogging about the ultimate Ice Cream Woman, Nancy Johnson.
No one knows exactly what she looked like, so I’m going with Marlene Dietrich. Hey, who’s to say she didn’t look like this?
What we do know is that she was a Philadelphia housewife, born in 1795, and that she invented the hand-cranked ice cream churn and that, in turn, made history.
Flash frozen—I mean flash forward—to today, and we find out that Americans each eat more than 22 pounds of it a year. The most popular flavors, in order, are: Chocolate, Vanilla, Cookie Dough/Cookies & Cream, Butter Pecan/Swiss Almond, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Strawberry.
Just in the U.S., sales average about $14 billion a year, and $77 billion worldwide.
Unfortunately Nancy couldn’t afford to manufacture her own invention, and sold it for just $200.
I think the very least we can do is give Nancy her own day.
And nothing beats reading a good book while enjoying an ice cream cone. You can order my books here. The cone you’ll have to scoop yourself.