National ice cream day, for those who may not know, falls on the 3rd Sunday in July. People across America from coast to coast will celebrate with their favorite flavor ice cream, top of the list being vanilla closely followed by chocolate, strawberry, chocolate chip and butter pecan. During an average year, Americans nationally enjoy 48 pints of ice cream making them the number one consumers Worldwide. Closely followed, in 2nd place, are New Zealand who have been making ice cream since the early 1900s.
Throughout the month of July, and throughout the year, millions of Americans will enjoy this delicious frozen treat. President Ronald Regan officially declared July to be National Ice Cream Month in 1984 and established the celebration of National Ice Cream Day on the third Sunday of July.
National Ice Cream Day quickly became a day to forget diets and get together to cool down in the sun with a tasty ice cream treat. A day when family would experiment with flavors and toppings on ice cream served in a cone, in a bowl with syrup or tall glass with fruit known as an ice cream sundae. Try a smooth thick and cream milk shake thickened with ice cream, a great way to cool off. Ice cream also tastes delicious as an ice cream soda, where scoops of ice cream float in a tall glass of pop.
Ice Cream Facts
Marco Polo an Italian explorer gave Europeans their first taste of ice cream. The recipe he brought back from the Far East was more of a sherbet than the ice cream we know and love today.
As early as 1790 records show that, ice cream, traveled from Italy, across Europe finally arriving in colonial America, official records reveal that President George Washington allocated the sum of $200 to purchase ice cream during the summer heat wave.
Religion played its part in the development of ice cream. Local churches were against the sale of Ice cream soda and put pressure on shops not to sell it on Sundays. The solution was an easy and simple one, remove the soda and the popular ice cream sundae took its place.
Ice cream is a popular treat for young and old. Purchase soft serve whipped ice cream served in a wafer cone and lick the delicious creamy dessert before it melts. Popularly served from an ice cream truck, this soft whipped ice cream with a chocolate flake is called a ’99’. One of my favorite ice creams.
Today ice cream parlors sell ice cream with a vast assortment of fruit flavors, chocolate and nut varieties with additional toppings to tantalize and palette. If you can imagine it, chances are there is an ice cream out there with that flavor. Vanilla is usually a creamy white every color of the rainbow has a flavor, red cherry, orange peach or mango, yellow lemon, green mint or pistachio, blue raspberry lemonade, indigo blueberry and violet ice cream and delicate tasting purple color.Visit Ben and Jerry’s or Cold stone and try a new flavor this summer.
Check out the freezer section for tubs of mint chocolate chip, toffee swirl as well as regular vanilla or chocolate. Celebrate your birthday with an ice cream cake. Try the ice cream version of you favorite candy bar, these frozen treats are too good to miss.
‘Lactaid’ make a delicious creamy vanilla ice cream for those with dairy problems. This ice cream is lactose free so is perfect for anyone with lactose intolerance, without the need for enzyme tablets.
Make July, National Ice cream Month, your excuse to try a different flavor ice cream every day, it’s good for you it’s made with milk !