How Much Does Ice Cream Cost?
Ice cream can be purchased in a carton that can be taken home or it can be purchased from an ice cream store and eaten immediately. With ingredients, such as milk, cream and sugar, this dessert is a decadent delight enjoyed by children and adults alike.
How much does it cost?
- On average, expect to pay around $3 to $5 for a half-gallon of decent quality ice cream. The cost will depend on the brand, size and where it’s purchased.
- According to Mint.com, they claim that making your own ice cream is around $3.95, which is five cents less than the average priced pint.
- Target.com has a variety of brands that sell for $3.50 to as much as $6.
- If you go to an ice cream shop for one serving of ice cream, you will most likely pay from $1 to $4 for an ice cream item.
What is going to be included?
- This delicious treat is available in a variety of flavors, including the traditional vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, mint chocolate chip and butter pecan. There are often mixed-in ingredients, such as popular candy bars, nuts, caramel, fudge swirls and sugar cones. In the extreme dessert category, certain gourmet manufacturers are producing interesting flavors which include chocolate-covered potato chips or alcohol-infused coffee beans.
- Ice cream will commonly come in a pint, 1.5-quart and as large as 64 ounces.
- Popular brands include Breyers, Ben and Jerry’s, Edy’s and Turkey Hill.
- If you go to an ice cream shop, there will be many different ice cream treats from which you can choose. There are ice cream cones, either waffle or sugar, that can be filled with any flavor of ice cream. These cones can then be dipped in chocolate if you desire. You could also buy an ice cream sundae. This usually comes in a bowl of some type and includes ice cream of any flavor ad many toppings such as chocolate syrup, whipped cream, nuts, etc. There are also milk shakes, which is made from ice cream that is mixed with milk and blended to make a creamy treat. You can also add different candy or other treats to the milk shake to make a flurry.
What are the extra costs?
- When purchasing this sort of dessert, many individuals also opt to purchase ingredients to top their ice cream or to make sundaes. These optional sundae ingredients may include various fruits, nuts, fudge, caramel, whipped topping and maraschino cherries. Popular fruit choices include bananas for banana splits, strawberries and pineapple. Or, rather than eating this frozen delight from a bowl, some people buy cake cones, waffle cones or sugar cones in which to enjoy this treat.
- Premium ice cream will cost more because of the air content, the butterfat, and the premium ingredients that are included.
Tips to know
- When purchasing a frozen dairy dessert, be sure to carefully look over the container. Oftentimes the paper or cardboard container this dessert is packaged in will have ice crystals forming on the outside. This is indicative of poor storage, and the ice cream within could be freezer-burnt. Therefore, you should look for containers without ice or frost.
- Also, unless you are vegan or lactose-intolerant, be sure that you are purchasing genuine ice cream rather than the “frozen non-dairy treat” stores often sell. Desserts made with real milk, sugar and cream are higher-quality and tastier than the alternatives.
How can I save money?
- A great way to save money while purchasing this frozen dessert is to watch for store sales and manufacturer coupons, and use the coupons while the item is already on sale. This could result in being able to buy your ice cream at a deep discount. If you have a dependable freezer at home, it can also be a good idea to purchase multiple containers while they are on sale, and save them for a later date.
- Consider making your own ice cream! Makers can often cost less than $100. Ingredients to make your own ice cream includes cream, milk, sugar and eggs. This will be an extra cost up front, but it can save you a lot of money throughout the years.
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