There’s nothing quite as satisfying as enjoying a tasty frozen treat on a sunny summer day. Popsicles, freezies and iced frappés are all delicious options, but there’s something so enjoyable about a classic soft serve cone.
Canadians love their ice cream, that’s no surprise, but some parts of the country enjoy it more than others. According to new research compiled by McDonald’s, Saskatchewan is the province consuming the most soft serve ice cream from their restaurants.
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Soft serve ice cream fanatics from coast to coast
When you get more granular and look at Canadian towns, however, the sweet-tooths are actually down east. Bathurst, New Brunswick, which is about three hours north of Fredericton, currently holds the record for most cones sold in one year. Bathurst also happens to be the birthplace of the McFlurry, so perhaps the town’s dairy obsession shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Regina, Saskatchewan, followed by Laval in Quebec, then Calgary, Alberta and Squamish, B.C. rounded out the top five towns/cities that have been buying the most cones.
Ladner, B.C., which is part of Delta and located in the suburbs of Vancouver, didn’t make the top five in terms of most cones sold per year, however, the town has another claim to fame. Ladner currently holds the title for most cones sold in a single day with more than 1,200 soft serves made in 24-hour period. (Fun fact: the first-ever Canadian McDonald’s actually opened in Richmond, B.C. — not far from Delta — in 1967).
Fun facts you probably didn’t know about soft serve ice cream
The most popular time of year for Canadians to consume ice cream, according to McD’s, is during two summer-time holidays: Canada Day and Father’s Day. Celebrating dads and our nation with a couple of cones sounds about right.
If you’re a fan of the McDonald’s soft serve ice cream cone, you might already know that each vanilla cone has five perfect swirls above the cone. Next time you order one, give each swirl a count and check for consistency.
Interestingly, Canadians aren’t eating ice cream as a postprandial treat. The most popular time for us to reach for a cone is in the afternoon between the hours of 2 pm and 4 pm. McDonald’s sells one third of its vanilla cones during this time window.
The most frequently purchased menu item that guests order alongside a cone? A second cone. Take that as a sign to grab your kid or best pal and treat yourself to a frozen snack ASAP.