Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? Pretty exciting if you are a huge ice-cream fan like myself!
Here are a few ways you can celebrate America’s favorite dessert and have a little summer fun in the meantime:
1. Host an ice-cream social and let the kids build their own sundaes.
2. Learn how to make homemade ice-cream.
3. Test your ice-cream knowledge by taking this quiz.
4. Recycle popsicle sticks to make a picture frame, little house or a fun new design.
5. Try an ice-cream inspired recipe.
6.Read your children a book all about ice-cream.
7. Try a new craft or activity that will help you plan an ice-cream related lesson.
- In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day.
- 57% of us say no sundae would be complete without hot fudge while 43% go nuttiest for nuts, according to a recent Harris Poll.
- The U.S. ice cream industry generates more than $21 billion in annual sales and provides jobs for thousands of citizens.
- About 9% of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream, contributing significantly to the economic well-being of the nation’s dairy industry.
- According to the NPD Group’s National Eating Trends Services, the top five individual flavors in the United States are: vanilla (28.7%), chocolate (10.4%), cookie n’ cream (4.4%), strawberry (3.9%) and chocolate chip mint (3.3%).
- According to the USDA, the U.S. leads the world in annual production of ice cream and related frozen desserts at about 1.5 billion gallons in 2008.