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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.Consider it your patriotic duty to enjoy an ice cream cone during the month of July
Back in 1984 President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month, and the third Sunday in July National Ice Cream Day. What a relief! His political foresight saved me a lot of guilt since I spent the last week on vacation eating ice cream almost everyday.
Imagine how grateful I was as I crossed the northwest Colorado state line and saw the sign in Dinosaur, CO, “Enjoy an ice cream cone here and celebrate National Ice Cream Month.” Even though it was only 10:00 am, I almost did just that. Because really, what’s the best way to honor a national celebration? By participating!
5 Things You May Not Know About Ice Cream
1. It’s big business – according to the International Ice Cream Association, about 9 percent of the milk produced by U.S. dairies is used to make ice cream. That equates to about 1.53 billion gallons of ice cream and similar frozen desserts, or about 20 quarts of ice cream per person.
2. Basic vanilla still rules – a 2012 survey by the IICA revealed that vanilla is America’s most popular flavor, followed by chocolate and cookies ’n cream.
3. Ice cream evolution – no one knows who invented ice cream, although Alexander the Great reportedly enjoyed a refreshing snack of snow and ice flavored with honey and nectar. More than a millennium later, Marco Polo brought back from his travels a recipe for a frozen treat similar to modern sherbet. Historians believe that recipe eventually evolved into ice cream in the 16th century. “Cream ice” was served to European royalty.
4. Presidential tastes – Ronald Reagan wasn’t our first president to crave ice cream. After President George Washington’s death, inventory records of Mount Vernon recorded “two pewter ice cream pots.”
5. The cone wars – an Italian immigrant is credited with inventing the first ice cream cone in 1896 in New York City and was granted a patent in 1903. Curiously, though, a similar creation was independently introduced in 1904 at the St. Louis World’s Fair. The story goes that he was selling waffle-like pastries in a booth next to an ice cream vendor. Because of ice cream’s popularity, the dishes ran out. The day was saved saved when the vendor rolled one of his waffles into a cone shape, making fairgoers happy and launching ice cream cones into popular American culture.
And here they are…the most popular ice cream flavors of 2013:
Top 10 Ice Cream Flavors
1. Vanilla, 29%
2. Chocolate, 8.9%
3. Butter pecan, 5.3%
4. Strawberry, 5.3%
5. Neapolitan, 4.2%
6. Chocolate chip, 3.9%
7. French vanilla, 3.8%
8. Cookies and cream, 3.6%
9. Vanilla fudge ripple, 2.6%
10. Praline pecan, 1.7%
Whether you enjoy your ice cream in a cup or a cone, with or without toppings, or if you crave a soft serve over hard ice cream, indulge without guilt this month. Reagan knew a thing or two when it came to understanding what 90% of the U.S. population already knew: ice cream is just plain fun!