Second Scoop: What causes an ice cream headache (and how to avoid it)

Posted by Turkey Hill Team on March 26th, 2015


The following was posted previously here on the Ice Cream Journal, but we’ll be making an announcement soon about something related to this topic, so we’ve decided to bring it back for a second look. If you’ve got any tips of your own, share them with a comment! 

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picWe get this question a lot, so we thought it would be appropriate to address it here on our blog. Believe it or not, some people are immune to ice cream headaches. We call these people lucky. The rest of us, however, know exactly what it feels like.

Ice cream headaches (also known as “brain freeze”), happen when very cold items, like ice cream or slushy drinks, are consumed quickly. The scientific name is sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgis – what a mouthful. When these items contact the nerves in the roof of your mouth, the nerves overreact and tell certain blood vessels in your head to become larger causing an increase in blood pressure in the head. This expansion is what causes the headache. The best way to avoid the headache is to eat slower, which allows the nerves to warm up between bites.

But this is only the most popular theory. Others think it’s caused by the same vessels constricting and dilating like in your fingers when you come in from playing in the snow, or from irritation of the optic nerve that’s close to the roof of your mouth. Others say it from blood rushing to your stomach to warm it, decreasing the blood in your head. Kayakers and surfers report the same pain when they are hit by cold water in the face.

DID YOU KNOW? Some studies show that people who experience migraine headaches are much more likely to experience ice cream headaches.

Of course, ice cream headaches are harmless and usually go away after about 30 seconds. Can’t wait that long? Here’s a few tips we’ve heard over the years for how to get rid of them. We can’t say whether or not all of them will work, but it’s worth a shot!

- Press your tongue against the roof of your mouth

- Drink warm liquids

- Hold your breath

- Breathe in through your mouth and out through your nose

- Hold whatever gave you the headache against your forehead (this one doesn’t sound effective, but it would be funny to watch)

If you’ve got any tips of your own, feel free to leave a comment. Also feel free to check out the Turkey Hill interns putting some of these remedies to the test!

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Ultimate Flavor Tournament (Round 3): The Edible Eight

Posted by Turkey Hill Team on March 23rd, 2015


Ultimate Flavor Tournament (Round 3): The Edible Eight

And then there were eight. Just two flavors remain in each of our four conferences, which means your votes this week will determine which flavors will represent the Vanilla Conference, Chocolate Conference, All Natural Conference and the Gelato Conference in our “Frosty Four” round next

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Who’s coming to our “First Day of Spring” ice cream party?

Posted by Turkey Hill Team on March 20th, 2015


Who’s coming to our “First Day of Spring” ice cream party?

TRK - March 20 springSomeone mentioned that it was the first day of spring, but we looked out our window here in Lancaster County and, apparently, Mother Nature didn’t get the memo. That’s okay, though. Warmer weather is on the way…at least we assume it is. (By the way,

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Ultimate Flavor Tournament (Round 2): The Sweet 16

Posted by Turkey Hill Team on March 16th, 2015


Ultimate Flavor Tournament (Round 2): The Sweet 16

picRound one of the Ultimate Flavor Tournament is complete, and your votes have narrowed the field of frosty competitors to just 16 flavors. How many votes? More than 46,000 votes were cast last week, and there were plenty of hard-fought battles among the opening round

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Facebook Highlights: Why do you deserve an Iced Coffee break?

Posted by Turkey Hill Team on March 12th, 2015


Facebook Highlights: Why do you deserve an Iced Coffee break?

Spring is almost upon us, and we’re already celebrating on our Facebook page. Here’s a look at what we’ve been up to on Facebook over the past month or so. If you’re not already a fan of Turkey Hill on Facebook, go ahead and like

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2015 Ultimate Flavor Tournament: The Thrilling 32 (Which flavor do you think will win?)

Posted by Turkey Hill Team on March 8th, 2015


2015 Ultimate Flavor Tournament: The Thrilling 32 (Which flavor do you think will win?)

picIt’s March, which means spring is just around the corner (hard to believe, right?!). It also means the beginning of our annual Ultimate Flavor Tournament. Thirty-two flavors will start in the tournament, and your votes will determine which one will emerge six weeks later as

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April prize question: On an average night, how many scoops of ice cream do you enjoy?

Posted by Turkey Hill Team on March 6th, 2015


April prize question: On an average night, how many scoops of ice cream do you enjoy?

picOf all the prizes we’ve given away here on the blog over the past eight years, the most common category has to be bowls. Makes sense, of course. Bowls are a pretty common part of the ice cream eating experience. Right up there with ice

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Simple Recipe: Three-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Posted by Turkey Hill Team on March 4th, 2015


Simple Recipe: Three-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Last month, we introduced you to the simple deliciousness of Three-Ingredient Creamsicle Cake. Today, we’ve got another three-ingredient recipe, this time for peanut butter cookies. That’s right, peanut butter cookies made with just three ingredients: peanut butter, sugar and one egg. That’s it!

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Would you eat it? (The world’s most expensive scoop of ice cream)

Posted by Turkey Hill Team on February 27th, 2015


Would you eat it? (The world’s most expensive scoop of ice cream)

 

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We’ve written in the past about the “World’s Most Expensive Sundae” — the $1,000 Golden Opulence Sundae at New York City’s Serenity 3 restaurant or the $3,333 sundae from the Three Twins ice cream shop in San Rafael, California. Now, an ice cream shop in Dubai called

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Limited Edition vs. Seasonal Flavor Showdown: Key Lime Pie or Box of Chocolates?

Posted by Turkey Hill Team on February 24th, 2015


Limited Edition vs. Seasonal Flavor Showdown: Key Lime Pie or Box of Chocolates?

We’ve mentioned both of our January-March Limited Edition and Seasonal Favorite flavors over the past few months, but we thought we’d give them both a little extra attention today with something that resembles next month’s Ultimate Flavor Tournament. We might even do a head-to-head match-up

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