I scream you scream we all scream for ice cream! Not just an expression, but in fact originally a song by Howard Johnson, Billy Moll, and Robert King. July happens to be not just Ice Cream month, but today, July 16th, is also Ice Cream Day! It was President Ronald Regan, on July 15, 1984, who officially declared the third Sunday in July National Ice Cream Day, signing it into public law. So yes, today it’s the law to eat ice cream….well that is clearly a joke, but maybe it is the one day when you don’t have to feel as guilty to indulge. McDonald’s has free soft serve available all day today, if you download their app, and one lucky customer will win soft serves for life. Whether you prefer an ice cream bar, sandwich, cone, or just a bowl of deliciousness, enjoy your day to indulge!
You might know people who eat dessert before their meal, for many it is a right of passage, but eating ice cream for breakfast, that is true dedication. And that is what today is, a day to eat ice cream for breakfast. I posted recently about what your favorite ice cream flavor says about you, and now I am posting about having it for breakfast, clearly I am a fan. So just for today, you should consider having your ice cream before anything else. Here is a link to the Baskin Robbins website so you can grab their hours unless you already have some sitting in the freezer at home, like me.
The International Dairy Foods Association states, “Ice cream’s origins are known to reach back as far as the second century B.C., although no specific date of origin or inventor has been indisputably credited with its discovery.”
The first advertisement in the U.S. for ice cream appeared in the New York Gazette on May 12, 1777. President George Washington is recorded as having spent $200 for ice cream during the summer of 1790. In 1813, Dolley Madison served a magnificent strawberry ice cream creation at President Madison’s second inaugural banquet at the White House. For more fascinating historical facts about ice cream visit the IDFA web site.
Proof that even trends in favorite ice cream flavors change over time, the chart above from 2010 shows Chocolate #1 (and still the reigning champion) and Vanilla #2. Four years later “Cookies & Cream” inched out Vanilla for the #2 spot. Check this link for current stats. And then of course there is the Twitter favorite ice cream flavor by state. Nevada toted up the most Tweets of all.
Nearly 2 billion gallons of ice cream and related frozen dairy desserts were produced in the U.S. in 2014 to the tune of nearly $6 billion. Yep, ice cream is a big delicious, deal!