June 29, 2020
You guessed it, “We all Scream for Ice Cream!”
July is National Ice Cream Month, and you have Kentucky to thank! In 1984, Senator Walter Dee Huddleston of Kentucky introduced a resolution to proclaim the month of July 1984 National Ice Cream Month and the 15th of that month National Ice Cream Day. Ronald Reagan signed the bill into law the same year, and the rest is history!
The first true Ice Cream was said to be introduced by Catherine de’ Medici in the 16th century. So impressed was Charles I of England (one hundred years after this introduction) that he paid to keep the formula secret, making ice cream a royal prerogative, utterly unobtainable by the common man. The first recorded recipes didn’t exist until the 18th century.
In 2017 the International Dairy Foods Association reported that U.S. ice cream companies produced 1.4 billion gallons of ice cream and related frozen desserts. The association also noted that Americans consumed on average 23 pounds of ice cream in 2017.
NATIONAL ICE CREAM MONTH ACTIVITIES
- Distribute ice cream treats to your friends
- Try as many ice cream flavors as you can
- Invent your own flavor
- Eat ice cream for dinner on “Eat Ice Cream for Dinner” day on July 27.
- The first home ice cream machine was invented in the 1840s.
- The ice cream cone was popularized at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.
- You can buy squid ice cream in Japan.
- Find out which nation consumes the largest amount of ice-cream.
- One scoop of ice cream needs about 50 licks to finish.
- Alexander the Great liked nectar and honey flavored snow.
- Ever get a brain freeze from eating ice cream? Find out why.
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