The current price control does not stop at the ice cream parlor, where the price per scoop breaks the 2 euro mark in more and more places. What do we have to be prepared for this year – and how is the rest of the world actually enjoying the ice cream?

There is hardly any other food that consumers feel the price increase as clearly as with ice cream. Last year, a scoop of ice cream in big cities like Berlin, Leipzig or Stuttgart cost over 1.80 euros. In Munich, the average was even 2.10 euros. The nationwide average was 1.47 euros.

Anyone who asks for a scoop of ice cream at the ice cream parlor around the corner for the first time this year will often experience a price shock. 4 euros and more for two scoops of ice cream in a cone are no longer the exception.

The manufacturers point to the constantly rising costs for milk and sugar – the most important raw materials in ice cream production – as well as the current shortage of raw materials. Added to this are the constantly rising energy costs and the increasing switch to sustainable packaging.

More than 2 euros for a scoop of ice cream? Anyone who is upset about this should take a look at other countries. But not only the prices, also the eating habits differ.

– ITALY: In the stronghold of ice cream enjoyment, it all depends on where exactly you buy your “gelato” – at tourist attractions in Rome, for example, you have to dig much deeper into your pocket than in residential areas. In Italy balls are not usually ordered, but in sizes and in “gusti”, i.e. flavors. The price is usually based on the size of the sundae or the waffle. Incidentally, in Rome ice cream is eaten all year round, even in winter.

– SCANDINAVIA: Although it rarely gets really hot here, even in summer, the Scandinavians are crazy about ice cream. In the north, however, this is an expensive pleasure. A scoop of ice cream can cost the equivalent of up to four euros. But you get a decent portion for that. Popular specialty: liquorice ice cream.

– ETHIOPIA: In Ethiopia fresh ice cream is still a comparatively new luxury, only higher earners and foreigners are among the customers.

– INDIA: One of the favorite pastimes in India’s capital, New Delhi, is to eat ice cream at the landmark India Gate. Orange water ice is already available from the mobile retailers for the equivalent of a few cents.

– TURKEY: Specialty is the special “Kahramanmaras ice cream” which is made from sheep milk, sugar and salep powder obtained from orchid bulbs, which gives the ice cream a chewy consistency. It is sold out of metal barrels by colorfully dressed street vendors with long shovels.

– FRANCE: French ice cream prices are notorious among tourists. In the best Parisian ice cream parlors, the scoop sometimes costs more than four euros. Nevertheless, long queues form in front of the most renowned ice cream parlors when the weather is good. Away from the capital, things are a little cheaper, but here, too, German prices are usually outbid.

– CZECH REPUBLIC: In a traditional milk bar in Prague city center, the scoop of ice cream is still comparatively cheap. The queue in front of the counter can quickly become long. In the supermarket, the “Russian ice cream” – a sandwich in the form of briquettes – remains popular. For some, this brings back memories of childhood under socialism.

– GREECE: While a ball in the center of Athens can sometimes be bought for less than 1 euro, tourists on popular islands such as Mykonos or Santorini sometimes have to pay more than 3 euros. In general, however, the Greeks and also the Cypriots do not like to eat ice cream balls. They prefer popsicles or cups, which you can get from the kiosk around the corner. Long queues in front of ice cream parlors tend not to exist.

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