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Germany: Undisputed Ice Cream Production Master

In 1879, the Sarcletti family opened one the first ice cream parlors in Germany. That little shop in Munich was the beginning of a big love affair. Well, the Germans definitely like their meat and their potatoes, but they sure as hell like ice cream too.

Ice cream does not equal ice cream. There are so many forms:

> Branded ice cream: It’s what the British call ice lolly and the Americans popsicle. This kind of ice cream is being manufactured in factories.

> Ice cream parlor ice cream: Usually sold in scoops, this kind is usually being made by the ice cream parlors themselves, or by companies specialized in serving ice cream parlors.

> Soft ice cream: This kind is being sold at McDonald’s, other fast food places, and by street vendors with soft ice cream machines.

Branded ice cream in Germany has a long tradition. Ask any German older than 30 or 40, and he or she will give you a speech about all of that ice cream that person consumed.

The big manufacturers, most of all Langnese, a brand owned by the Hamburg-based Unilever group, developed nice looking products in all colors of the rainbow, in order to increase its popularity.

People who were children in the 1970-s remember popsicles such as ‘Capri’, which consisted of water ice with orange flavor. A bit later, they created a verson called ‘Split’, which was filled with vanilla ice cream. A great combination. Later, they changed the flavor of the water ice part and called it ‘Kuya Mara Split’.

A Langnese ad from the 1970-s

They even created popsicles which would arouse sexual associations, such as ‘Flutschfinger’ (‘Slip Finger’). And they had ‘Cornetto’, which is industrial ice cream in a cone. The strawberry version was (and probably still is) delicious.

Nowadays, new products of this kind are being released every year. The big manufacturers developed the idea to convert popular chocolate bars into branded ice cream. How crazy is that? ‘Toblerone’ ice cream? Are you kidding me? ‘Mars’ and ‘Milky Way’ ice cream?

There are so many brands today, it is hard to keep track of all of that stuff.

Things are a lot easier at ice cream parlors. Scoops of vanilla, chocolate and lemon ice cream are being offered, but also more fancy flavors such as cake or cookie.

Most people might think most of the ice cream produced is being licked and sucked away by children. Wrong. They just consume some 15 percent. Consumers who are 55 old older actually swallow some 40 percent of all of that stuff.

Yes, the Germans lick truckloads of ice cream. They consume it as if there were no tomorrow. But they also produce it. Out of the 3.1 billion liters of ice cream made in the European Union in 2017, German companies had the largest share. They produced 517 million liters, according to Eurostat.

Italy hit the second position with 511 million liters, France contributed 466 million liters. Yes, that is a whole lot of ice cream. Spain (319 million liters), the United Kingdom (288 million liters), Poland (201 million liters) did well too. So did Belgium, the Netherlands, Romania and the Czech Republic.