July is National Ice Cream Month


National Ice Cream Month

July is National Ice Cream Month! This holiday came about when former President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5219 on July 9, 1984. The resolution proclaimed the month of July 1984 as “National Ice Cream Month” and July 15, 1984, as “National Ice Cream Day”.

Other Ice Cream Holidays

  • June 10th is Black Cow Day
  • June 20th is Vanilla Milkshake Day
  • June 20th is Ice Cream Soda Day
  • July 1 – Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day
  • July 7th is National Strawberry Sundae Day
  • July 16 is Ice Cream Sundae Day
  • July 17th is National Peach Ice Cream Day
  • Every third Sunday in July is National Ice Cream Day
  • July 23rd is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day
  • July 25th is National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

Ice Cream Trivia

  • In 1300 Marco Polo brought a recipe for Ice Cream to Europe.
  • In the 1700s ice cream was introduce to America as a delicacy for high society.
  • In 1776 New York opens the first ever ice cream parlor.
  • Ice cream cones were invented at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri by concessions vendors as a way for people to eat ice cream easily while they enjoyed the fair.
  • In 1929 the first flavored ice cream was invented, Rocky Road.
  • It takes 3 gallons of whole milk to make one gallon of ice cream.
  • 8° to 10°F is the ideal temperature for scooping ice cream.
  • New Zealand consumes more ice cream per capita than any other country and the US is second.
  • The reason people get “brain freeze” or “ice cream headaches” is because when something cold touches the roof of your mouth, the blood vessels that run between your mouth and your brain tense up, trapping blood in your brain. 
  • The world record for the largest ice cream cone ever made was achieved in 2015 in Norway with a cone over 10 feet high!
  • Pecans are the most popular nut chunk in the US, and strawberries are the most popular fruit chunk.
  • Vanilla is the most popular ice cream flavor.
  • Chocolate syrup is the most popular topping on ice cream.
  • According to NASA, ice cream is one of the three foods astronauts miss the most when they go on space missions. (Next is pizza and soda.)
  • 87% of Americans have ice cream in their freezer right now.
  • California produces the most ice cream in the United States.
  • Dreyer’s and Edy’s are the same brand, but the latter name is used in the East and midwestern United States, and the former is used in the West and Texas.
  • 9% of milk produced in the US is made into ice cream.
  • It takes 50 licks to finish one scoop of ice cream.
  • Hawaiian Punch was originally created and marketed as a syrup intended as an ice cream topping, but it became more popular mixed with water as a drink.
  • 1 in 5 people share ice cream with their pet.
  • Chocolate ice cream was invented before vanilla, and the first documented recipe for it appeared in the book The Modern Steward, published in Italy in 1692.
  • Ben & Jerry’s was the first company to sell chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream in 1991, and the flavor was created based on an anonymous suggestion on a board in their Burlington, Vt., shop.
  • At 1 mile in length, an ice cream sundae built at the Spirit of Texas Festival in Wolf Pen Creek, Texas, set the world record in 2018. The concoction contained 500 gallons of ice cream, 2,000 cans of whipped cream, and 20,000 cherries.
  • BOOGER is actually an ice cream flavor made at The Ice Cream Store in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
  • Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream in Columbia, Missouri actually made Cicada ice cream out of the insects covered in milk chocolate and dipped in brown sugar. They were then mixed into a brown-sugar-and-butter-flavored ice cream.
  • Lick Me I’m Delicious in Bristol, England actually made glow in the dark ice cream by adding jelly fish proteins.
  • There are over 1,000 flavors of ice cream.

Sources for these Ice Cream Facts:

Ben & JerrysIce Cream.comBuzzfeed

Photo Sources:

The ice cream cartoons and memes I drew myself (Lisa Hilton) and the rest are from the sight Pixabay.

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