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Have you ever scooped yourself a bowl of ice cream and then got distracted? Maybe you took a phone call, went to help your child with school work or, like me, got so involved in the current iPad game addiction of the month (currently Candy Crush Saga and Minion Rush) that you lost track of time? One more game, just one more… Then you remember – My ice cream! Wait, who are we kidding, if we’re scooping a bowl of creamy, tasty Tillamook Ice Cream, it’s surely not going to sit around unattended. It’s going to be eaten. If it even gets into the bowl, that is. Well don’t you worry. After my very non-scientific testing, I can tell you exactly how long you can forget about your ice cream (or savor it) before it melts into soup.

Yes, I sacrificed Tillamook ice cream. But it was for the greater good!

Here’s the set-up. On Tuesday, I stopped by the Tillamook Cheese Factory and purchased Oregon Strawberry, Tillamook Mudslide and Vanilla Bean. Three very classic flavors. After making some room in my freezer (I really didn’t need those green beans and hotdog buns anyway), the ice cream sat all day in the freezer, making sure it was nice and frozen, until Wednesday night. Test night. My house was a comfortable 72 degrees. The sun was coming around to the west and shining in the windows, but it wasn’t reaching all the way to the table. So I needn’t worry about the sun speeding up the process. I scooped one 2-ounce scoop of each flavor into individual bowls. I set my timer and the camera and let the games begin.

Taking the lead was Tillamook Mudslide. It took a little longer for the Oregon Strawberry to show signs of melting. And Vanilla Bean was in the middle. At 90 minutes, each scoop was soup.

My very unscientific findings: Ice cream melts. The amount of time will depend on the variety of ice cream, amount in the bowl and, of course, the temperature of the environment. But in theory, you have a solid 30 minutes before finding soup in your bowl. Even at 45 minutes there was still a small portion of each scoop remaining, enough for a small bite or two. But let’s be realistic, if you leave a bowl of Tillamook Ice Cream sitting unattended for whatever reason, it’s likely going to be eaten by someone else in the house before you get back to it. End result, eat your ice cream quickly, but not so quickly that you get brain freeze.

At the end of my test I was sad to see the melted ice cream drip down the drain. I promptly consoled myself with a bowl of Tillamook Mudslide, making sure I finished it off before the ice cream had a chance to melt.


Tori Standley

Great website for students who are doing research

March 6th, 2017 at 10:31 am


Tillamook Team

Hi Tori,

We're glad you enjoyed this post! It was tough to sacrifice delicious Tillamook Ice Cream, but it was for educational purposes so at least the sacrifice was for a good cause:)

Best wishes,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

March 6th, 2017 at 6:26 pm


This is helping me write my science paper. My science question is, Does the flavor of ice cream affect how fast it melts

January 11th, 2018 at 1:30 pm


Tillamook Team

Hi Ellie,

As you can see from the article above, yes, the melting time can vary by flavor due to the different ingredients in each flavor. Feel free to try this experiment for yourself!

Good luck with your science paper!

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

January 15th, 2018 at 9:39 am


I am doing a project in science on what melts faster Ice cream, sorbet, or frozen yogurt. this post helped me out, thanks

October 19th, 2018 at 6:42 am


Tillamook Team

Happy to help, Andrew!

October 22nd, 2018 at 11:23 am
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