I love finding unusual facts about the many months of the year, and all the variety of things we as a country celebrate. Of course we know July 4th is a big national holiday that celebrates our independence from Britain, but it is also usually a very warm, if not hot, month all over the United States. And guess what? It turns out July is also National Ice Cream Month. Yes, it was declared to be National Ice Cream Month in 1984 by our president, Ronald Reagan, and the third Sunday of July, this year the 21st, is National Ice Cream Day.
According to a website, ice-cream recipes.com, http://www.ice-cream-recipes.com/ice_cream_month.htm, folks in the United States eat more ice cream than any other country in the world. Also, according to this website, ice cream goes all the way back to 200 BC. in China. It is reputed that Nero had ice brought down from the mountains to freeze his favorite drinks. It is also said that Marco Polo came back from his travels to the far east with a recipe for sorbet. Who knows? Some if not all of this could be folklore. If you get a chance to visit this website you will find some fun ice cream recipes. The website even has an article about Fried Ice cream, and how it is made!
I do enjoy ice cream every now and then. However, I’ve discovered you can eat too much of a good thing! My favorite flavors are rocky road and cookie dough. What are yours? I’d love to hear from you.
Check out our Alameda County Library Catalog for the many books we have about ice cream for both kids and adults. The one I have pictured here is written by Pippa Cuthbert & Lindsay Cameron Wilson. So enjoy the hot days of July and eat an ice cream dessert. Just don’t eat too much and get a tummy ache! Happy National Ice Cream Month!