It’s the law: July is National Ice Cream Month. Which works just fine, since people are eating large quantities of their favorite dessert at the hottest time of the year. When it comes to favorite desserts, ice cream beats out other sweet, frozen treats by a big margin. So the best thing is to stock up on different flavors, dessert cups, and plastic spoons and prepare for a sweet, cold summer.
Proclaiming National Ice Cream Month
July is one of the hottest months of the year. It’s also the month when the most ice cream is produced in the U.S. Coincidence? We think not! In fact, a Presidential Proclamation in 1984 said pretty much the same thing, adding that ice cream is a nutritious and wholesome food and the perfect dessert. The same proclamation declared July to be National Ice Cream Month, and the second Sunday in July to be National Ice Cream Day. Americans were called upon to celebrate both with the appropriate ceremonies and festivities.
And you know what? They did exactly that, and have have been celebrating National Ice Cream Month ever since. Many retailers offer free ice cream on the special day dedicated to that sweet treat, and a good time is had by all. One thing that seems a little strange to us is people keep eating ice cream even after the special day and special month have come and gone. In fact, the only law seems to be that you cannot run out of dessert cups, spoons, and other supplies.
The nation’s favorite dessert
In fact, we suspect that ice cream may be the favorite sweet frozen treat that Americans like to indulge in. After all, they eat ice cream 28.5 times a year, which is more than once every week. About 1.5 billion gallons of ice cream and other sweet frozen desserts like frozen yogurt and gelato are produced each year to keep up with the demand. Altogether, about 9% of the total volume of milk produced goes into making ice cream.
There are plenty of exciting flavors out there, but vanilla remains the favorite. It beats out not only basic flavors like strawberry, chocolate, and cherry, but also complicated ones like green tea and ginger and chocolate heath bar crunch. And then there are all kinds of special recipes like s’mores ice cream sandwiches and sundaes. There are even special dog ice creams so Fido can enjoy his own treat along with you.
When it’s almost unbearably hot outside, one of the best ways to cool down is to enjoy some ice cream. That’s why July is such an obvious choice for National Ice Cream Month. People are celebrating the sweet frozen treat by consuming large quantities, anyway. Provided you don’t run out of basic supplies like spoons, dessert cups and sundae bowls.