National Ice Cream Month
Good news for ice cream lovers! July is National Ice Cream Month in the United States. July was designated as National Ice Cream Month in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan. The third Sunday in July (this year it is Sunday the 15th) is officially National Ice Cream Day. At the time, it was released that 90% of the US population eats ice cream. President Reagan recognized the popularity of ice cream and he stated that eating ice cream should observed with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”
Ice cream is prepared and enjoyed in different ways throughout the world, however, I will stay close to home and concentrate on ice cream in the United States. Ice cream that is made with cream, sugar, and a flavouring (usually fruit) is common and is occasionally called “Philadelphia style” ice cream. Frozen custard recipes include eggs and are called either “French” ice creams or traditional ice cream.
This next fact might be a contributing factor to the US being an obese nation, but Americans consume about 15 quarts of ice cream per person…per year. This is the highest amount of ice cream consumed by individuals in the world. It has been part of American life since 1776, when Thomas Jefferson offered it as an expensive treat to his guests at Monticello.
Ice cream cones were served in the 19th century, and their popularity increased in 1904 at the St. Louis World’s Fair. Legend has it that the an ice cream seller at the fair ran out of cardboard dishes to serve ice cream in. However, the clever ice cream man did not want to close his stand. He went to his neighbor at the fair, a waffle maker, who was not having a successful day because it was so hot outside. They combined forces and the waffle cone was invented!
Make sure you have some ice cream this July to celebrate National Ice Cream Month!