Posted by Turkey Hill Team on December 23rd, 2008

Here’s a question guaranteed to stump your friends: Which state consumes more ice cream per capita than any other state in the nation?

It’s gotta be a warm weather state, right? After all, summers are the best time of year for some frosty treats. Maybe Florida? California? Hawaii, perhaps? Or maybe it’s one of those dairy producing states like Wisconsin or even good ol’ Pennsylvania. You’d be wrong with all those guesses. In fact, we’d give you 20 guesses and you probably wouldn’t answer correctly.

Give up? It’s Alaska. Alaskans eat more ice cream per person each year than any other state, but don’t ask us why, because we really don’t know. If anyone has any theories (or happens to know for sure), please enlighten us with a comment!

TODAY’S PRIZE: It’s a blast from the past with this vintage-looking tin toy. Just wind this little guy up and he peddles away, selling his ice cream for nickel a scoop. As always, we’ll choose one comment at random to receive this little distraction.

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  1. Sharon says:

    I’m surprised by Alaska. I eat more ice cream in the summer than in the winter.

    • mike says:

      hi i was born in Alaska and we have hot summers were the sun is up for 18 + hr a day some of the most popular places to go in the summer time is an ice cream place we have them all over the place where you would not believe in the middle of no ware like Millers Market half way between Wasilla Alaska and Talkeetna Alaska.

  2. JOHN HORN says:

    I eat more ice cream in the winter time when its cold because i have more free time on my hand to relax and enjoy Turkey Hill ice cream& That vintage looking toy would look great on my computer desk

  3. Kimberly L says:

    I have no idea why Alaska would be the biggest consuming state. Maybe the fat keeps them warm? Or maybe they just know a good thing when they eat it. We eat ice cream year round. Regardless if its winter,spring or fall. If its okay that Alaskan’s do it, in such cold conditions, so can we.

  4. michael says:

    I would have thought Pennsylvania would be the largest consumer, being a dairy state.

  5. Karen Justin Rachel says:

    I eat the same amount of ice cream all year round but it’s possible I might sneak in an extra treat in the summer so yes I’m surprised.

  6. Karen Justin Rachel says:

    As is often the case my kids want to submit an entry as they love the toy. Sometimes I think they love all toys.

  7. Karen Justin Rachel says:

    I wonder how much more they eat in Alaska as compared to the other states?

  8. Donna T. says:

    Maybe they eat more ice cream in Alaska — because they’re really, really tired of baked Alaska desserts??
    Or maybe they know they can burn off the calories with lots of outdoor exercise?
    I’m in the southern part of the U.S., but mainly serve ice cream, in the hot summer months.

  9. Kathy Silva says:

    I think it makes sense. They are cold all year long so they would eat this product all year long. Those of us that have various seasons tend to shy away from cold food in the winter and hot food in the summer – thus more ice cream in Alaska.

  10. Jennifer says:

    I figured it was New Hampshire. Specifically Nashua. In my living room.

  11. Randy says:

    Okay…I just got back from Alaska a week ago…visiting my sis…Have you seen some Alaskans?… Doesn’t surprise me!

  12. Lori says:

    I never would of guessed Alaska. Maybe they just like things cold thats why they live in Alaska!!

  13. Aaron says:

    because they can.

  14. Josh says:

    Well I guess when you don’t have a lot do and your already frozen to begin with you can’t go wrong with a little Ice-Cream.

  15. Mary Lou says:

    They probably eat more ice cream because they can really stock up when it’s on sale. No need for a freezer!

  16. Dick says:

    Ah !! I’m sure it’s in the winter that Alaska’s eat the most ice cream just
    to warm up. AHHH The good old days. I remember 10 cents a dip. That is where my habit of having ice cream every day started . This guy must be a phillies player ( winter job ), if not he IS wearing his father’s uniform because he looks too young to be selling Ice Cream ( child labor law you know ) Plus two things I don’t see is a vender’s license on his cart or a license plate ( because it is a moving vehicles ). where is the T. H. label ??? As being old ( 72 ) I like old looking things & would gladly receive it. ( Is this convincing ? )

  17. Thomas says:

    Alaska? Where did you get that fact from, Sarah Palin?

  18. ali says:

    i would love this vintage thing-a-ma-jigger!! very cute!! pick me!

  19. Mike says:

    Never would have guessed Alaska. But hey…I eat ice cream in the winter.

  20. mary frey says:


  21. Maggie says:

    I’m surprised by Alaska being the largest consumers. Love the toy!

  22. Linda S. says:

    Well, I’m guessing that the ice cream is not as cold as the weather outside….so they’re kinda, sorta eating something warm.

  23. Marie says:

    You’re right, I never would have guessed Alaska.

  24. angela howard says:

    I’m a little suprised by Alaska, being that it is so cold there. I like to eat ice cream in the winter months as long as I am indoors.

  25. Karen Meyers says:

    We all scream for ice cream, but I am surprised that Alaska ranked # 1.
    I love your little tin man toy.

  26. Kim Z. says:

    I absolutely LOVE this little ice cream toy! I hope I win!
    I was surprised by the Alaska factoid too – never would’ve guessed it.

  27. Cheryl W says:

    Alaska? That is crazy! I don’t eat quite as much ice cream in the winter as I do in the summer.

  28. Kevin Brubaker says:

    I am surprised also it would be Alaska, you would think it would be a southern state

  29. misty hiatt says:

    a shocker of alaska too how cute

  30. MD says:

    It’s already cold there, so why not eat cold ice cream!!!

  31. MD says:

    It’s already cold there, so why not eat some cold ice cream!!!

  32. Nicole S-H says:

    I’m surprised it isn’t NY with the way my husband eats ice cream! LOL!

  33. JF says:

    Now that we know which state, what country eats the most ice cream?

  34. Johannah B says:

    Very Surprized it was Alaska.

  35. Cheryl S says:

    That’s a good fact to know–it may come in handy when I try to stump my son-in-law in a game of little known facts–I may actually win a game with your help!!!!

  36. Pat says:

    I would have never guessed Alaska in a million years. Merry Christmas! 🙂

  37. Jason Fiske says:

    My daughter and I compete against each other who can eat the most icecream. We have so much fun.

  38. Jackie says:

    Wow! I never would have guessed Alaska! With the amount of ice cream we eat in this house, I would have guessed New Jersey!

  39. Patty says:

    I can’t believe it’s Alaska. Or is it that it is so cold that’s all there is available.

  40. Jan says:

    I have seen Turkey Hill ice cream being eaten on tv shows like Everyone Loves Raymond, so the important thing is to get the word out that Turkey Hill is the best.

  41. Susan says:

    wow Alaska. I’ll have to e-mail my friends there and ask them how much they add to the consumption total LOL

  42. barry says:

    i guessed PA, due to all the ice cream producers there, such as TH, breyers, and that other company whose name starts with B that i forget at the moment. PA consumes more pretzels than any other state i believe, soft and hard, with many producers in the Lancaster county area. pretzels go great with ice cream of course.

    those older readers from the cherry hill, nj, area will fondly recall the (free) basket of stick pretzels on every table at the old Holly Ravine Farm’s Cow Tail Bar. their ‘kitchen sink’ sundae was something like 20 scoops! lots of ice cream consumed there.

  43. Jennifer Barr says:

    I would’nt have guessed Alaska 🙂

  44. Peg Cramer says:

    Love the tin toy ice cream bike! I just wrote about that in a comment last week. In my Alabama neighborhood (early 1950s) the vendor wore an all white uniform and a white hat with a black visor. An ice cream bar cost 7-cents back then.

  45. Diane says:

    I would of never guessed Alaska eats the most ice cream.I went to Alaska 10 years ago and fell in love. I would move there in a heart beat if I could. I know I would fit right in because I am an ice cream aholic. I would have to get my Turkey Hill mint cookies and cream delivered to me!!!!It would be so nice eating Turkey Hill ice cream and viewing the northern lights!

  46. ted baker says:


  47. Helene Harris says:

    I would have gone for Maine, what with all your “hints.” Alaska came as a big surprise. Love today’s tin toy! Best wishes for a happy holiday to all!

  48. vicky f says:

    Isn’t it dark half the ear in Alaska?!? What better to do than sit inside and cozy up with a big bowl of ice cream!!!

  49. Jacqueline Seewald says:

    Okay, I’d never, ever guess Alaska!
    Although Baked Alaska was at one time considered a very special dessert and I believe it included ice cream.

  50. Kim Henry says:

    Alaska?? I guess you don’t have to worry about it melting right away..that’s a plus. Happy Holidays!

  51. Stefanie Schmidt says:

    Alaska must have a lot of Turkey Hill! I think in the cold they need lots of comfort and there is no better dessert than ice cream. Thanks for the fun fact and happy holidays!

  52. wendyswhimsies says:

    Never expected the answer to be Alaska. Can you imagine how high the numbers would be if they had access to Turkey Hill??? Season’s Greetings to all, and to all lots of Turkey Hill ice cream!

  53. ice cream-aholic says:

    Merry Christmas everyone. I hope Santa fills your stockings with Turkey Hill!

  54. Paula J says:

    Alaska!?! Who’d of guessed!

  55. JJ says:

    When I was in grade school, which was a long time ago, there was a picture of a boy eating ice cream and a caption stating that eating cold ice cream on a hot summer day actually makes you hotter. Maybe they eat ice cream in Alaska to stay warm.

  56. Sharon says:

    Alaska…yes that was not one of my guesses. I love the tin.

  57. Dale says:

    I think I would love to live in Alaska and eat lots of ice-cream. Sounds like a great combination!


    I guessed Alaska and I was right! I beleive ice cream is comfort food. You can do alot with it and it always makes you feel good. I figured with the dark winters and the cold they would need the comfort of ice cream more then anybody! I also beleive ice cream taste better when it’s cold!

  59. Craig Kurtz says:

    Love the little distraction, as you called it, he would certainly be a coversation piece as you were discussing Alaskas ice cream habit. My take is regardless of the temperature ice cream warms you heart and soul and you feel good. That is why they eat lots of ice cream in Alaska and the other 49 states. I live in Maryland and we also eat our share of ice cream and of course Crabs!!!

  60. Jeanne Lizzi says:

    I would not have guessed Alaska, but it makes sense, I eat as much ice cream in the winter as in the summer.

  61. Sue says:

    What better way to while away all those dark days & nites, in Alaska, than eating ice cream! I wonder if they have Turkey Hill up there? You should make sure they do!
    Love the tin toy, reminds me of the wind-up tin toys my great Uncle had

  62. Linda Leffler says:

    Who would have thought it was Alaska? I think this would be a great question for Jeopardy. Why not eat Ice Cream, no matter what State. There are alot of people in Alaska. Linda

  63. Patti Sherman says:

    I would have guessed Alaska! Why not, ice cream is delightful in any venue, why not Alaska? I would love your vintage toy for my bookshelves.

  64. Beth Elder says:

    Per capita – I can understand Alaska.
    Thanks for the contest!

  65. Jim Fahringer says:

    Merry Christmas to you all

  66. joseph says:

    cold in alaska! feels like i’m in alaska here in md.bitter cold. but hey
    warm inside so bring on turkey hill.

  67. IceCreamFiend says:

    I would eat ice cream no matter where I lived!

  68. louied says:

    Turkey Hill good wholesome treat anytime or place.

  69. Christine Transue says:

    Oh this is so cool! I collect vintage toys!

  70. Judy says:

    I never would’ve have guessed Alaska!

  71. Bert says:

    Merry Christmas and plenty of ice cream to all. HO HO HO!!!

  72. Mike S. says:

    I’m surprised by Alaska like everybody else. I would have expected the top state to also be one of the top producers, or to have the most brands. Maybe the Alaskans are proudcing a really good brand we don’t know about yet. Somebody go to Alaska and see what brands and flavors are available up there.

  73. Anne says:

    I imagine the reason might be because the # is figured on per capita…Personally I eat almost as much ice cream in winter as summer..Esp. on hot pie or Indian pudding !!

  74. Melissa V says:

    Alaskans love all things cold! that toy is so adorable!

  75. M HAYES says:


  76. Harriet Goldstein says:

    I eat ice cream in any weather, hot or cold. The toy is cute.

  77. brenda says:

    Hi Turkey Hill and Fans,
    I thought Maryland ate more ice cream. Alaska..I can see why.I love Alaska, I hope to visited Alaska one day. I need to save up enough money to go first. I think Alaska is so prety all-year round. I wanted taste some of their fresh fish, open air and see some of their river in a boat. Everyon ehave a bless and safe hoilday.

  78. BETTY BABCOCK says:

    in Buffalo, New York no matter what the weather we eat ice cream

  79. DaNeil Sousa says:

    Maybe thay make baked Alaska.

  80. Lydia Debelak says:

    Of course Alaska would eat more ice cream because they can go outside and eat it and not worry about it melting. They don’t even need a freezer to stock it in just stick it outside their igloo. The toy is real cute I bet my dad had one around 1915 but he didn’t have any Turkey Hill Ice Cream to eat.

  81. Nancy J. says:

    That is a total suprise to me!

  82. Meghan Scannell says:

    Not only does Turkey Hill produce the best tasting ice cream and dessert treat products to satisfy your stomach, but now they can also cater to and enrich your brian…I am learning new things each day with this blog. And its interesting stuff I will remember and pass on. And sure enough the researchers at Turkey Hill are right…after doing a little research of my own I was suprised and intrigued to find that each person consumes on average, 3 quarts oc ice cream a week! Evolutionally it kind of makes sense because those animals living in the cold weather need a higher percentage of body fat to insulate them during the frigid cold (50-70 degrees below zero)and to sustain themselves for periods when food would eb scarce or hard to find. They would thus crave higher density fatty foods…and humans as well, which are also animals, need to stay warm in the cold, so they crave the faty foods. Evolutionally, those that survived the winter did so because they had strong instincts to satisfy their cravings for fatty rich foods, and those are the people around reproducing today!
    So Alaskans get the prize for eating the most ice cream, but every American can feel proud because Americans consume about 15 quarts (more than 13 liters) of ice cream per person per year—the most in the world. Also you want to give a little credit to those from Maryland because Jacob Fussell of Baltimore, Maryland was the first to manufacture ice cream on a large scale. This made ice cream prices drop so it was an affordable treat for everyone and made ice cream accessable to buy for many. My props to Maryland for sure!

  83. Peggy Gorman says:

    I would think its New York .
    I love ice cream and eat it all year long.

  84. Tianna says:

    Hmmmm Alaska, who was 2nd NY MD or IL. Chicago. Being a font of useless information here is yet another to add to my repitoire. (Sp) lol

  85. Adrian says:

    Wow! I’m quite surprised that it’s little (in population) Alaska.

  86. Denise says:

    really Alaska??

  87. Yvonne says:

    Wow…I’m surprised by Alaska but hey why not sit by the fire and enjoy a scoop or two of that old-friendly comfort food: ICE CREAM! The vintage wind-up toy looks neat…I like old things.

  88. Lois says:

    Alaskans are cold on the outside, might as well be cold on the inside eating Turkey Hill ice cream. Way to go!

  89. Bob Kessler Jr says:

    Is per capita determined by dividing the population by the amount of ice cream sold? How is ice cream defined? Does it include ice cream in its pure form as well as variations such as ice cream cakes? This just proves that a large populated state does not necessarily consume the most ice cream. Maybe in Alaska ice cream is one of the staples like bread and milk. But as long as I can get Turkey Hill at my local grocery I won’t spend too much time worrying about Alaska.

  90. Claire says:

    Hot State Cold State would make no matter to my husband. He can eat ice cream any day any temp.

  91. Dan says:

    This looks like a good old-fashioned toy

  92. Mary says:

    Is it that it is easier to keep it cold there? Why would you want to get colder? Just another good reason to visit Alaska!

  93. lee carr says:

    I think we Pennsylvanians are not slouches when it comes to eating turkey hill or any other ice cream for that matter. I wonder where we rank on that ice cream eating scale

  94. peggy paris says:

    Dear Turkey Hill, This looks like a 1950 wind up toy.. There was Good Humor truck and a Bungalow Bar truck in our neighborhood in those years!! Today, I am enjoyiing Turkey Hill ..especially Egg Nog which I finally found this week!!!and am glad you reserve it JUST for holidays keeping it really special..ummmmm.. Thanks for your goodness!!! Peggy

  95. Ann says:

    How odd – Alaska. Seems like our household alone should put PA over the top.

  96. bethany @ scoopalicious says:

    yes, i am just catching up on all the postings i have fallen behind on…ALASKA? Oh, right, I guess if Tina and I actually in the same state, that state would win the prize! haha!

  97. Linda Vollmerhausen says:

    I would never had thought Alaska, but I guess when you’re used to being cold, the ice cream doesn’t make you colder! My family eats ice cream all year round;that’s one thing I could never give up!

  98. Louise Z says:

    Love all the flavors I already tried. Looking forward to tasting some new ones. Keep up the great work.

  99. Adam Bator says:

    Alaskans eat the most ice cream because they have unlimited ice and are often depressed.

  100. Erica907 says:

    I’m an Alaskan, and I love ice cream. We don’t have this Turkey Hill up here, but we sure do love our ice cream. Maybe it has something to do with being used to the cold, because eating ice cream doesn’t make me cold. Also, in a lot of the villages and smaller towns, there isn’t much to do but eat, and what better to eat than ice cream…..and no, we don’t live in igloos

  101. Marlene says:

    I think it’s because they are already so cold they don’t have to worry about getting brain freeze. Plus ice cream is better in the winter. You can enjoy the full flavor of it.

  102. mike says:

    My first guess for state with most ice cream consumed per capita would have been Arizona. Summers in Arizona get extremely boiling hot! In fact, Phoenix has a normal July high of 102 degrees, and the temperature has even topped 120 before in Phoenix!

  103. Eliseo R. Cadavona says:

    The reason Alaska consumes the most ice cream than any other state is simple…ice cream keeps us warm inside our body….ice cream consists a lot of calories…. calories keep you warm…

  104. Taylor says:

    Hello! I just wish to say that Alaska is a very dry state in some parts (I know because I live there.) One of the reasons we eat ice cream so much is because ice cream is a very moist dessert so we gain back the moister and some calories to keep us warm. Another reason is that we can get the ice cream home easier than warmer states 🙂

  105. yazmin says:

    idk what too say i love ice cream i gess

  106. rose says:

    alaska ? thats not right! it is utah ! sorry but I know it is !

  107. Ennic says:

    We do it just to make the rest of the states wonder.

  108. Alexis says:

    Just to clarify, Alaskans eat more ice cream because ice cream is a staple comfort food which is both fattening and sweet and Alaska can be a very depressing place to live in the winter. If you’re stuck at home curled up in front of a fire or a movie (or both) – – ICE CREAM! When summer comes around and everyone wants to get outside and do “summery” things ice cream is a part of that, too.
    Interesting side note – Alaskans eat the most ice cream and the most ice cream in Alaska is eaten in the winter!

  109. Debbie says:

    It’s because It’s too cold and dark to go outside, so we hang out on the couch with a big bowl of ice cream and watch a movie. Just about every Alaskan suffers from some level of S.A.D.

  110. alaskan says:

    As an Alaskan… I think this is the reason why…

    I suspect a closer look would show almost all of the ice cream consumed is in the form of ice cream bars, etc. and not scooped.
    If you are outside in the winter, your body craves high calorie foods that can be digested quickly. Ice cream certainly fits this group.

    As a result, Alaskans will find themselves coming in from extremely cold temperatures on a work break, shedding their heavy arctic gear, and grabbing an ice cream bar for a quick snack.

    Another aspect is availability – many Alaskan employers provide some food and snacks for their workers because they live at the job site while on rotation, or to compete with other employers – ice cream bars are a cheap and easy snack to supply.

    Another lesser aspect is that employers don’t discourage their employees from carrying an extra 5 to 10 lbs. of body fat. If you work at a remote site, you always run the risk of being stranded in the cold. Not only does the fat help keep you warm, you could easily burn thru a couple pounds of fat staying warm until help arrived. Even if you are snowed in at a warm location, it could be a couple of days with limited provisions until the storm cleared and you could leave.

  111. […] But we do love our ice cream. Reason? The answer’s in the name. For most of the year in most of the state you can swing through a drive in, get a triple scoop cone, set it in the drink holder and go do an hour of shopping, return to the car and your treat will still be there, unchanged! […]

  112. MyAlaska says:

    Your post was very well thought out. I am also from Alaska. We ate a lot of ice cream in my family and mostly in the winter. I assume its just our bodies natural cravings.
    Also ice cream just taste better in Alaska. I think most of our ice cream, i believe, comes from Oregon, Washington, probably Canada, as well as here. Oregon makes the best ice cream in the USA. Not only do we get good quality ice cream, it is also colder. Added with the climate temperature, the ice cream stays colder and melts slower so you can enjoy it longer.
    I have been to the south and ice cream doesn’t taste that great. Its temperature is not near as cold and it melts super quick. I’m thinking they put other ingredients in their ice cream to keep it from melting as fast but it takes away from the goodness that is ice cream.
    I personally like ice cream in the winter because you get sooooo hot after coming inside from the freezing cold. Ice cream is a good treat to cool off and relax from your labors (or play) in the warmth of the wood stove.

  113. christine says:

    I’m from Alaska I eat a lot of ice cream. When I travel it becomes harder to purchase, unless I eat it in an ice cream parlor because it always melts before I finish it or eat it.

  114. Shelly saling says:

    We Alaskans eat more ice cream cause it taste better when still cold and not dripping down our arms. Have you ever had the same ice cream taste different its because its the frozen consirancey if the ice cream creating the flavor as melted ice cream is horrible frozen rocks you’re taste buds. From Alaska to the rest of the world don’t think we’re crazy when we know best. Ak girl who lives FROZEN ice cream!!!!

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