“I SCREAM, You SCREAM, we all SCREAM for ICE CREAM!” In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared July National Ice Cream Month, and 30 years later the frosty treat is still one of America’s favorite ways to celebrate summertime.
Nothing takes me back to my childhood like a good ol’ fashioned banana split or two cold scoops of vanilla ice cream drizzled with chocolate syrup and sprinkles. When I think of the frozen dessert, I immediately envision a middle school-aged baseball team huddled together after a game with dirt-stained uniforms, licking ice cream cones and wiping the drizzle from their chins. I think of smiling babies in their highchairs with chocolate smeared from ear-to-ear and moms and dads with their cameras. I imagine a sunny summer day where energetic Labrador Retrievers sit by their owner on a park bench sharing a big, dripping colorful cone. An all-American dessert served with apple pie and the trusty sidekick to birthday cakes everywhere, ice cream seems to make everyone happy.
According to the International Dairy Foods Association, until the year 1800, ice cream was a rare and exotic dessert enjoyed mostly by the elite. Thanks to technological advances, today's total frozen dairy annual production in the United States is more than 1.6 billion gallons! Now, that’s a lot of dairy.
Here’s a fun fact for you from IceCream.com: The ice cream cone's invention is linked to the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, Missouri. An ice cream vendor reportedly didn't have enough dishes to keep up with the demand, so he teamed up with a waffle vendor who rolled his waffles into cones! How’s that for repurposing?
Top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise Baskin-Robbins deems Georgia’s most well-liked flavor vanilla. With all these mouthwatering flavors floating around in my head, I asked Some Kinda Good Facebook followers what they were noshing on to stay cool this summer — and boy do I have some fancy friends. I would’ve chosen some good ol’ cookie dough, chocolate peanut butter or maybe an Oreo Blizzard, but these guys blew me away with their responses. While homemade peach ice cream was a popular choice, I can’t wait to sink my teeth into some of these inspired ideas:
“Salted Oreo! And of course, old faithful, Rocky Road.” — Charity
“I am all about some pistachio ice cream with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. Don't doubt it...just try it! #Fancy” — Chad
“I love rum raisin. It is just delicious!” — Debbie
"I'm a tangy lemon gelato girl, while John drools over blackberry ice cream.” — Tori
“Pistachio almond or coffee.” — Jennifer
“I love Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey.” — Paula
“I love black cherry ice cream…but cookie dough ice cream works in a pinch. Lol.” — Casey
“Mint chocolate chip.” — Kurt
“Nothing screams summer better than homemade peach ice cream, but on the simple side, I love chocolate peanut butter.” — Justin
“I made some peach ice cream just last night!” — Joey
“Ultimate chocolate. But summer is time for watermelon and cantaloupe!” — Renee
August is upon us and pretty soon school bells will be ringing. So, why not take the opportunity to throw an ice cream social or enjoy a family outing by visiting a local ice cream shop? I can’t think of a better way to celebrate summer with one last hurrah. You know what they say? Life is like an ice cream…enjoy it before it melts!