Whether you're into plain vanilla-the top-selling flavor in the U.S.-or want a more unusual flavor, such as fennel, you're not alone in thinking that ice cream and its Italian counterpart, gelato, are delicious. According to the International Dairy Foods Association, more than 90 percent of American households consume ice cream and other frozen treats, downing about 23 billion dollars' worth of the stuff per year. That's a lot of ice cream. And sure, it's convenient to buy a pint at the store or a cone at your favorite ice cream parlor, but there's nothing quite as satisfying and delicious as making homemade ice cream. You don't even need an expensive ice cream maker to get the job done. And while ice cream is often associated with the warm summer months, you can make-and eat-it year round.
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