July is National Ice Cream Month!
National Ice Cream Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of July, which is July 16th. Why celebrate ice cream, you say? I say, why not? There aren't many better ways to enjoy the heat of summer than to cool off with a big, drippy ice cream cone! While I could go on raving all day about how much I love ice cream, let me begin with some history about how it all began.
National Ice Cream month started in 1984 when President Ronald Reagan declared July as National Ice Cream Month and chose a day to celebrate National Ice Cream day. The proclamation was eloquent and proved the value of ice cream in our society. I have to agree that Ronald Reagan was onto something. Today, 33 years later the ice cream industry is still going strong generating a whopping $39 billion. In 2015, Americans made 1.5 billion gallons of ice cream and other frozen deserts and the average American consumed about 23 pounds per year. Furthermore, the ice cream industry has generated about 188,000 jobs across the nation. (source)
The Invention of the Waffle Cone
The smell of waffle cones will spark nostalgia for just about any kid that has entered an ice cream shop as a child. But, do you know the history of the waffle cone? Many credit the invention of the delicious ice cream delivery vehicle to the World's Fair of 1904 that took place in St. Louis. It was a hot day with crowds of patrons lining up for ice cream when an ice cream vendor ran out of dishes. Rather than close up shop, a neighboring waffle vendor, Ernest Hamwi, quickly rolled a waffle into a cone shaped holder for the ice cream and gave it to the ice cream vendor. Thus, the waffle cone was born and now it would be absurd to eat ice cream from a dish!
For one and all
There are so many flavors of ice cream, but there are also many types of ice cream. There is premium ice cream that is high in milk fat and is thus super creamy. Worried about your waste line? There is regular with milk fat under 12% and then we have low fat. Sugar problems? We also have low sugar or no sugar ice cream. Have a lactose intolerance condition? No problem! Lactaid has created lactose free ice cream too. Eat clean? Try organic ice cream or an all natural fruit sorbet. There is something for everyone.
Homemade Ice Cream is easy!
Homemade ice cream is my personal favorite. Its smooth and creamy and so delicious. If you don't have an ice cream maker, don't worry. It's easy to make ice cream in a bag. With simple ingredients like sugar, half and half, vanilla, and rock salt, you are sure to have a great time with the kids making their very own tasty, summer treat.
Local Ice Cream Favorites
If you're looking for a faster option than making ice cream at home. Let us introduce you to SPUN Ice Cream, one of our favorite local ice cream shops. SPUN combines modern science and old fashioned ingredients to bring you delicious flavors such as Sweet Cream, Dark Chocolate and Coconut Strawberry. SPUN uses a process that involves liquid nitrogen, and their super nerdy scientific process gives their ice cream its superb texture and consistency. (Plus, their liquid nitrogen process is a great way to talk to your kids about STEM over ice cream!)
Enjoy National Ice Cream Day and tell us what is your favorite flavor or your favorite local ice cream spot. You can email us directly (hello at kwaddle dot com) or post on our FB page or tag us in an Instagram (@kwaddlecom) post.