We all scream for ice cream! If you haven’t guessed, July is National Ice Cream Month. It’s a perfect time to cool off with a scoop of your favorite flavor.

Like with other foods, the exact origin of ice cream is unknown. What we do know, however, is the origin of ice cream likely dates back to A.D. 54 to 68 during the time when Nero was Emperor of Rome. Evidence shows harvesting ice or snow, then flavoring it with honey or other flavorings to make ice cream. Alexander the Great supposedly enjoyed icy drinks that had flavorings such as honey or nectar, too!

America’s Top Ten Favorite Ice Cream Flavors (PRNewsfoto/International Dairy Foods Assoc)

The first appearance of ice cream in the U.S. is found in a letter by Maryland Governor William Bladen in 1744. Early presidents also had a liking towards ice cream. In fact, in the summer of 1790, George Washington spent approximately $200 for ice cream. For a while, ice cream was only an occasional special treat, mainly for the rich.

In 1843, Nancy Johnson patented the hand crank ice cream maker. Eight years later, in 1851, Jacob Fussell built the first ice cream factory. The invention of mechanical refrigeration helped keep large amounts of ice cream cool. Further improvements and new inventions in technology made ice cream more available to the general public.

Fun Facts
– Vanilla is the most popular flavor of ice cream.
– The ice cream soda was invented in 1874.
– It takes roughly 50 licks to finish an ice cream cone.
– California produces the most ice cream in the United States.

CHILLING OUT DURING #NationalIceCreamMonth

Luckily, there is plenty of opportunity to celebrate National Ice Cream Month starting on July 1 with National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day.

July 17 gives a refreshing opportunity to enjoy National Peach Ice Cream Day. If you prefer to enjoy ice cream without any distractions, National Vanilla Ice Cream Day is for you.

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