Calculating Ice Cream Quantities For Your Next Event

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Ice cream is a versatile, easy to serve dessert for any type of party. One of the most important aspects of planning for a party is determining how much you need to serve each of your guests. There is no way to determine the exact amount your guests will eat, but there are ways to get a close estimate. The age of your guests, their typical appetite, and the amount of other refreshments you serve will all affect this estimate. Follow the simple calculations below and you should know the right amount of ice cream to purchase for your party.

Estimate the amount of ice cream

Make a list of the guests that will attend your event. Each guest will likely eat at least three scoops of ice cream, which translates to about 1 and a half cups. If you are planning a child’s party, two scoops is probably a more accurate estimate. Next, multiply the total number of scoops by 4 ounces, which is the average size of a scoop of ice cream. Ice cream for 15 guests would total 45 scoops or 180 ounces of ice cream.

Convert ounces to gallons

Now that you know how many ounces of ice cream you need, convert them to gallons. A true gallon consists of 128 ounces, although many containers labeled as a gallon only contain about 96 ounces. If you are unsure about the conversion for the brand you wish to purchase, simply keep the measurement as ounces. You can also purchase this dessert from an ice cream store to help you get the right amount.

Next, divide the amount of ice cream you need between the various flavors you want to serve. For example, if you are serving 15 people and you want to serve chocolate and vanilla, 90 ounces of each is sufficient. With this estimate, two gallons of each would be more than enough to satisfy your guests.

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