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Everything in Moderation, Except Ice Cream


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Jason Ross

I’ve read Americans eat more ice cream than citizens of any other country in the world, and nobody can claim my family and I don’t do our part. During the summer months, we head, nearly every night, to one ice cream shop or another, ending most evenings with a cone; nothing fancy, no sundaes, no sprinkles, or waffle cones—just a simple cone. By this time in August, our sugar consumption reaches unsustainable levels, and I question the logic of transforming a treat into a daily bread. And then there is the cost. Though not an extravagant luxury, daily trips to the ice cream shop force some monetary inquiries not dissimilar to the, “do I really need a latte everyday” line of questioning, and “maybe it’s best not to know how much I spend per month on beer.”

Recently I started keeping a tally, made a few calls to ice cream shops, and came up with some numbers. Here is a non-quality based, incomplete, and purely monetary tally of what a person shells out for a cone/cup* at some of my favorite ice cream shops.

Izzy's $4.64 per cone, 5 oz. scoop (actually 4, plus Izzy scoop) 93 cents per oz.
Crema (Sonny's) $3.70 per cone, 4 oz. scoop 93 cents per oz.
Grand Ole Creamery $4.90 per cone, 6 oz. scoop 82 cents per oz.
Sebastian Joe's $4.85 per cone, 6 oz. scoop 81 cents per oz.
Ben & Jerry's $3.94 per cone, 6 oz. scoop 66 cents per oz.
Nelson's $4.50 filled cone, plus softball sized scoop (estimated 8 oz.) 56 cents per oz.
Yogurt Lab $2.88 for 6 oz. 48 cents per oz.
Conny's Creamy Cone** $1.85 per cone, 6 oz. scoop 31 cents per oz.
Dairy Queen** $1.49 per cone, 5 oz. scoop 30 cents per oz.
Cup and Cone** $1.26 per cone, 6 oz. scoop 21 cents per oz.


*I used the basic cone or cup as the comparative measure—a single, not a kiddie, or some other insulting amount of ice cream, large or small.

**Soft serve ice cream uses cheaper ingredients and sells at a cheaper price than homemade ice cream and might prove an unfair, albeit tasty and satisfying, comparison.

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