Is the most popular ice cream flavor influenced by food trends?

Haagen Dazs Ice Cream Trends, photo provided by Haagen Dazs
Haagen Dazs Ice Cream Trends, photo provided by Haagen Dazs /

Are you craving the most popular ice cream flavor more on this day?

Ice cream is always a tasty frozen treat, but the most popular ice cream flavor tends to change like the evolving food trends. While 2020 has been a chaotic year, Häagen-Dazs has shared some consumer ice cream trends and the results might surprise you. From the most popular day to enjoy ice cream to the most popular ice cream flavor, it seems that ice cream will never go out of style.

Over the past year, ice cream has taken many twists and churns. From incorporating Ruby Chocolate to offerings that fit into a balanced lifestyle, the iconic frozen dessert was looking for ways to balance the new with the familiar. As more people looked for comfort food as a mood booster during life’s uncertain moments, ice cream seemed to be continually stocked in the freezer.

As seen with consumer trends, ice cream lovers had a little dichotomy in their dessert cravings. While that sweet indulgence seemed to be on their mind, the classics tended to fill their grocery carts.

According to the food trend data, the most popular ice cream flavor for 2020 was vanilla. While it was followed by coffee, strawberry, vanilla milk chocolate almond bar and butter pecan, a few notable exceptions were off this year’s list. Where the cookies and cream and chocolate?

Usually, cookies and cream, as well as chocolate, are included in the top five ice cream flavors. This year’s favorite flavors have taken a different turn. Maybe people wanted a change of pace.

While the flavor preferences might have changed, consumers have wanted the indulgence. Although vanilla might be the most popular flavor, consumers want more mix-ins. From Caramel Cone to White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle, that classic flavor is getting an upgrade.

The most interesting take away from this year’s ice cream is that the weekend is for ice cream. It seems that Saturday and Sunday saw a spike in ice cream sales. Whether it is a splurge or just a way to enjoy a break from the week, everyone is screaming for ice cream on the weekends.

From ice cream delivery to stocking the freezer, ice cream is always a tasty choice. Whether you prefer the classic vanilla or a more indulgent flavor, there is always room for another scoop.  Could it be because dairy is such a mood booster?

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What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Do you think that chocolate ice cream could over take vanilla next year?