How Much Ice Cream Per Person

A birthday party in fact any large gathering, ice cream social, or event is incomplete without a sweet treat. So what is the best sweet treat – Ice Cream – great – but how much is a serving – just How Much Ice Cream Per Person for a crowd?

It has been reported by International Dairy Foods Association that Americans eat a stunning 5 gallons or  20 quarts of ice cream per year. This is quite an interesting figure from the ice cream industry.

Also, learn how to make heavy whipping cream.

How much Ice Cream does the average person eat?

What is the average ice cream consumption per person – If you are having a family reunion, a big gathering or a party – to be safe I would suggest the average person would eat so you should budget between 3 quarters of a pint to 1 pint per person of ice cream.  If you have kids or it is a really hot day increase this by 20%. This is based on regular ice cream flavor from say costco or sams club.

Vanilla ice cream goes well with waffles – see our handy tables of the exact amount of waffles to serve per person for a large group.

Ice Cream and Apple pie go well together and for that you will one need 1 scoop per person of ice cream.

See below our handy table for the exact amount of ice cream per person to serve for 10,20, 50 and 100 guests.

Here is a catchy term – “Guests per Gallon of Ice Cream”  and we will answer that in our handy table below along with how many pints of ice cream for a party of 20 guests.

We have to look at what kind of food they might want with their dessert so that we can figure how much ice cream it takes to feed an entire crowd. If I were you, I’d say not to count calories when figuring this out. Take a moment and think about what flavors appeal to people of all walks of life.  

Also how much popcorn per person for a party – popcorn and ice cream are classics and work well together.

Ice Cream Serving Size Per Person for a large group

This is a key metric and we will answer these questions below before we present it in a handy table for up to 100 people.

How much ice cream is in a scoop”

In a single scoop of ice cream, there is 2.4 oz (68 grams)

or another way of asking this question might be What is the standard size ice cream scoop? – it is 68 gr of ice cream

How many scoops of ice cream in a cup?

Each scoop of ice cream is approximately half a cup so a standard sized cup will contain 2 scoops of ice cream.

How do you calculate Ice Cream per person?

Or how many pints/quarts / gallons/litres / scoops of Ice Cream per person – jump to our handy table for how many pints/quarts / gallons/litres / scoops of Ice Cream per person

Handy Table for How Much Ice Cream Per Person for 10, 20, 50 and 100 people.

How much Ice Cream per Person for 10 People
How much Ice Cream per Person for 10 People

How Many Scoops of Ice Cream Per Person For 10 People

  • 20 scoops of ice cream for 10 guests 
  • 1 cup of ice cream per person for 10 people so you will need 10 cups for 10 people
  • You will need 5 pints of ice cream for 10 people 

Ice cream servings how much ice cream should you buy for 10 people – I would buy 2.5 quarts (2.4 l) or at least 1/2 gallon of ice cream for 10 people

  • 2.4 l of ice cream will feed 10 guests.
  • 0.6 of a gallon for 10 people leaving some ice cream in reserve for people who love sweet treats
How Many Gallons of Ice Cream do I need for 20 People?
How Many Gallons of Ice Cream do I need for 20 People?

How Many Scoops of Ice Cream Per Person For 20 People

  • 40 scoops of ice cream for 20 people
  • You will need 20 cups of Ice Cream for 20 people
  • You will need 10 pints of ice cream for 20 people 

For Serving Ice Cream to 20 People how much ice cream should I buy? You need to buy 5 quarts (4.8 l) or 1.3 gallons of ice cream for 20 people

  • 4.8 l of ice cream will feed 20 people.
  • 1.3 gallons for a party of 20 people
How Much Ice Cream Per Person for 50 People
Serving How Much Ice Cream Per Person for 50 People

How Many Scoops of Ice Cream Per Person For 50 People

  • 100 scoops of ice cream for 50 people
  • You will need 50 cups of Ice Cream for 50 people
  • You will need 25 pints of ice cream for 50 people 

50 people will need a total serving of Ice Cream of 3.1 gallons – so I would buy 3 gallons and one extra quart.

  • 12 l of ice cream will feed 50 people.
  • 3.1 gallons for a party of 50 people
How much Ice Cream Per person for 100 people
How much Ice Cream Per person for 100 people

How Many Scoops of Ice Cream Per Person For 100 People

  • 200 scoops of ice cream for 100 people
  • You will need 100 cups of Ice Cream for 100 people
  • You will need 50 pints of ice cream for 100 people 

For 100 guests you should buy 6.5 gallons of ice cream. I would probably round it up to have a little extra.

  • 24 l of ice cream will feed 100 people.
  • 6.5 gallons for a party of 100 people

How Many Ice Cream Sundaes Can I Make with 1 gallon of ice cream.

This information is worked out on 1 1/2 cup per person of ice cream for an ice cream sundae.

This is because you will have toppings like chocolate, cream topping, cookie dough, or nuts

It’s not a good idea to be stressed though. The party is planned, and you should take the time to enjoy it. It’s going to be ice cream you will be eating after all.

What does a serving of ice cream look like?

It looks like a single cup full – a premium ice cream of chocolate chip

How to Choose ice cream flavor and toppings

The key to choosing an ice cream flavor or topping is to think about what type of person will be eating it. Lets take serving kids, choose flavors that they love so your ice cream party is a hit. Do not worry about calories or sugar as the kids will run it off. However, with adults, you might want to consider a low sugar or light or lower calories option – not all just some choices, or even have a diabetic frozen treat there.

How many toppings do you need for an ice cream bar?

When you want to Build-Your-Own Ice Cream Sundae Board or bar this lets you take on the ice cream parlor feel in your own kitchen or back yard. I would always have a classic nice vanilla ice cream there so that people can make their own ice cream recipe with toppings like a hot fudge sauce.

I would aim for at least six topping choices for a good ice cream bar.

  • chopped nuts
  • sprinkles – color is good
  • whipped cream
  • cherries on the top (looks great on chocolate ice cream)
  • M&M’s
  • gummies
  • marshmallows
  • caramel sauce
  • berries or fresh fruit

And do not forget to have an ice cream cone or two – some people will want to eat it that way.

This is going to be a crowd-pleaser.

Will ice cream hold in a cooler?

Want to set up your outside ice cream shop or go on a picnic but still serve a sweet treat – it will only hold for about 30 minutes in a cooler.

Top Tip – use dry ice to store your ice cream in a cooler for a long time.

The funny thing is that ice cream will actually make you thirsty – so you may want to set up a soda fountain. See how to calculate just how many sodas you need for a party or 30 or more with our handy table.

We have many articles covering parties and just how you cater for lots and lots of people.

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