National Ice Cream Day

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National Ice Cream Day History

National Ice Cream Day is a celebration that honors the frozen dessert, ice cream. This observance aims to promote the joy and excitement that ice cream brings to millions of people across the country. National Ice Cream Day is a time for people to indulge in their favorite flavors of ice cream.

The history of National Ice Cream Day dates back to 1984 when President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation to declare the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day. This proclamation recognizes the importance of ice cream as one of America's favorite desserts and acknowledges the role it plays in the country's history and culture. Nowadays, National Ice Cream Day has become a popular event celebrated by families, friends, and ice cream lovers across America.

National Ice Cream Day is observed by engaging in a variety of activities such as going to the ice cream parlor, making homemade ice cream, and sharing ice cream with loved ones. Many ice cream shops and retailers offer special deals and promotions on this day, making it an excellent opportunity for people to try new flavors or stock up on their favorites. National Ice Cream Day falls on the third Sunday in July, so mark your calendars and get ready to enjoy this sweet treat!

National Ice Cream Day facts

  • Per Guinness World Records, the tallest ice cream cone was made by Hennig-Olsen and Trond L Wøienin 2015. It was 10 ft 1.26 in tall.
  • During World War II, ice cream was served to troops to boost morale while sanctions and rationing was in effect for the general public. When the war ended, rationing of ice cream was lifted and Americans celebrated victory with a cold, creamy treat. In fact, each American consumed more than 20 quarts of ice cream in 1946.
  • During the summer of 1790, President George Washington spent $200 on ice cream. Meanwhile, according to Thomas Berry of Duke University, the price of 1 pound of coffee was $0.50 in 1788.
  • 10% of milk in the US goes towards making ice cream.
  • In 2014, 872 million gallons of ice cream were produced in the United States. The average American annually consumes 22 pounds of ice cream.
  • Ice cream is a nutritious and wholesome food, enjoyed by over ninety percent of the people in the United States. It enjoys a reputation as the perfect dessert and snack food. Over eight hundred and eighty-seven million gallons of ice cream were consumed in the United States in 1983. - President Ronald Reagan, Proclamation 5219 - National Ice Cream Month and National Ice Cream Day, 1984

Top things to do in the US for National Ice Cream Day

  • Enjoy ice cream with your family and friends.
  • Get free or discounted ice cream. Most ice cream shops giveaway free ice cream or offer special discounts on National Ice Cream Day.
  • Make President Thomas Jefferson's favorite vanilla ice cream. The recipe, believed to have been hand written by Jefferson is archived at the Library of Congress.
  • Liven up your ice cream by getting some healthy toppings. Our favorites:
    -Chopped Walnuts
    -Fresh Berries
    -Raw Cacao nibs
    -Goji Berries
    -Frozen chopped banana
    -Unsweetened shredded Coconut
  • Try a non-dairy alternative to milk-based ice cream products. Whether it is for dietary choices or lactose-intolerance, there are a variety of non-dairy frozen desserts made from soy milk, coconut milk, almond milk, cashew milk and rice milk. Here are some non-dairy frozen desserts to try:
    - Rice Dream Organic Vanilla
    - Luna & Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss Chocolate Chip Cookie
    - Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey
    - So Delicious Dairy Free Cashew Milk in Salted Caramel Cluster flavor
    - Nada Moo Gotta Do Chocolate Ice Cream
    - So Delicious Almond Milk Chocolate Ice Cream

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