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The Top 15 Most Popular Ice Cream Flavors

Vanilla Still Number One

We’ve posted a few articles this week on the latest weird, wacky and wild flavors out there in the world of ice cream. Time for a reality check. Here then are the top 15 favorite ice cream flavors, with good old vanilla still out front by a wide margin. But who knew Butter Pecan gets so much love?

(Flavor, percent favoring)

1. Vanilla, 29%

2. Chocolate, 8.9%

3. Butter pecan, 5.3%

4. Strawberry, 5.3%

5. Neapolitan, 4.2%

6. Chocolate chip, 3.9%

7. French vanilla, 3.8%

8. Cookies and cream, 3.6%

9. Vanilla fudge ripple, 2.6%

10. Praline pecan, 1.7%

11. Cherry, 1.6%

12. Chocolate almond, 1.6%

13. Coffee, 1.6%

14. Rocky road, 1.5%

15. Chocolate marshmallow, 1.3%

All others, 23.7%

Source: International Ice Cream Association, 888 16th St., Washington, D.C.

The NPD Group’s National Eating Trends Services has published its own Top 5 List, based on share of sales in the USA. Here’s how their cone stacks up:

1. Vanilla, 30%

2. Chocolate, 10%

3. Butter Pecan, 4%

4. Strawberry, 3.7%

5. Chocolate Chip Mint, 3.2%