This weekend marks a special date in the calendar for sweet-toothed Americans – National Ice Cream Day.
Signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on July 9, 1984, the celebration takes place on the 3rd Sunday of July each year and traditionally sees ice cream stores and factories throughout the US come up with unique flavours and recipes as part of the day.
Not to be left out of the fun, we’ve picked out ten of the best ice cream flavoured world record feats that are far from vanilla.
Largest ice cream scoop pyramid
This incredible confectionary construction was built by Baskin-Robbins International using 3,100 scoops of ice cream in Maui, Hawaii back in May 2000.
The pyramid weighed 800 lb. 362.87 kg.and stood about 4 ft. 1.21 m. high for approximately 45 min. Over 80 Baskin-Robbins International executives, franchisees and flavour experts representing more than 20 countries created the 21-layer ice cream scoop that would surely have made any sweet-toothed pharaoh proud.
Most ice cream consumed (per capita)
The country that consumes the most ice cream per capita is Australia where, on average, 16.6 litres (29.2 pints) of ice cream is consumed per person each year.
Largest scoop of ice cream
As part of its 100th anniversary festivities in June 2014, Kemps Dairy LLC (USA) visited the Cedarburg Strawberry Festival in Wisconsin, USA, and sculpted a giant scoop of strawberry ice-cream weighing 3,010 lb (1,365.31 kg). Five nationally ranked snow sculptors worked with 733 containers of ice-cream to create the super-sized scoop, which stood 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) tall and 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) wide. As heavy as a family car, the scoop was served up free to the thousands of people visiting the festival.
Longest career as an ice-cream man
Allan Ganz (USA, b. 13 Jul 1937), pictured at the top of the page, has been selling ice-cream since 1947, when he was just 10 years old. He achieved the record in 2014, in Peabody, Massachusetts, USA, at the age of 76.
Largest ice cream cake
The world’s largest ever ice cream cake weighed a frankly breathtaking 10.13 tonnes (22,333.6 lb) and was created by Dairy Queen Canada at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in May 2011.
The cake measured 4.45 m (14 ft 7 in) long, 4.06 m (13 ft 3 in) wide, and 1 m (3 ft 3 in) tall. It included sponge cake, vanilla ice cream, buttercream frosting, and Oreo cookie crumble topping.
Largest ice cream sundae
For those of you that feel ice cream on its own just isn’t enough, how about some added ingredients. With a record-breaking sundae. Weighing 24.91 tonnes (54,914 lb 13 oz) and looking not unlike a dairy based tribute to Jabba The Hut, this record-breaking sundae was made by Palm Dairies Ltd, supervised by Mike Rogiani (Canada), in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in July 1988. The ingredients were 20.27 tonnes (44,689 lb 8 oz) of ice cream, 4.39 tonnes (9,688 lb 2 oz) of syrup and 243.7 kg (537 lb 3 oz) of topping.
Fastest time to make 1 litre of ice cream
The fastest time to make one litre of ice cream is 10.34 seconds and was achieved by Andrew Ross (UK) at Cliffe Cottage in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK in June 2010. Ingredients included cream, vanilla, sugar and liquid nitrogen.
Largest ice cream boat
Made by Hemglass Sverige AB (Sweden), the largest ice cream boat weighed 866.5 kg (1,910 lb) and was displayed in Stockholm, Sweden, on 18 April 2004.
Most ice cream scoops balanced on a cone
The most ice cream scoops balanced on a cone is 100 and was achieved by serial record breaker Ashrita Furman (USA), at the kitchen of the Sri Chinmoy Center in New York, USA, back in October 2013
Tallest ice cream cone
The tallest ice cream cone measured 2.81 m (9 ft 2.63 in) in height and was achieved by Mirco Della Vecchia and Andrea Andrighetti (both from Italy) during an event in Rimini, Italy, in January 2011.
Most ice cream scoops thrown and caught in one minute by a team of two
Thrower Gabriele Soravia (above) and catcher Lorenzo Soravia below (both Germany) threw and caught 25 ice-cream scoops in a minute on the set of Guinness World Records - Die größten Weltrekorde in Cologne, Germany, back in September 2007.