July is National Ice Cream Month

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July is a very special month. Not only do we celebrate our freedom and independence as a country during the month of July, but it is also the month to celebrate one of my personal favorite desserts—ice cream!

July is National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month, which this year falls on July 16, is celebrated as National Ice Cream Day. The holiday was proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. Although the holiday was originally only meant to be celebrated in 1984, it has become a fun annual tradition since that time.

Fun ice cream facts:

  • The United States produces and consumes more ice cream than any other country in the world.
  • On average, an American consumes 48 pints of ice cream per year.
  • Approximately nine percent of milk produced in the United States goes to make ice cream.
  • The most popular ice cream flavor in the United States is vanilla.
  • Chocolate syrup is the world’s most popular ice cream topping.

Here are a few fun ways to celebrate as a family:

  • Make some homemade ice cream.
  • Make a giant ice cream sundae for the whole family to share.
  • Throw an ice cream party for family and friends.
  • Try a new ice cream flavor or, better yet, try a different flavor each day this month. You may discover a new favorite!
  • Try some unique ice cream toppings such as popcorn or potato chips. Top peanut butter ice cream with a scoop of jelly or try some pop rocks on a scoop of vanilla for an explosive new flavor.
  • Look for special discounts, coupons and freebies at local ice cream shops on National Ice Cream Day.
  • Ask a grandparent or great-grandparent for stories of making ice cream with an old fashioned churn.

Have fun celebrating!

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