“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.”
While this popular novelty song dates back nearly 100 years, the sentiment remains the same: People are crazy about ice cream. So crazy, in fact, that this chilly treat has an entire day dedicated to its honor. Here’s a closer look at National Ice Cream Day — scheduled for July 16th in 2017 — along with some cool ways to celebrate this heavenly holiday.
The 411 on National Ice Cream Day
Held every year on the third Sunday in July, National Ice Cream Day has oddly economical roots: In 1984, President Ronald Reagan established the holiday to bolster the U.S. dairy industry. Why ice cream? Because its production uses just under 10 percent of the country’s milk supply, according to NBC News. In other words, you’re not just showing your love for ice cream when you indulge, you’re also showing your love for local dairy farmers.
Three Ways to Celebrate
In his proclamation, Reagan instructed the American people to celebrate ice cream with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.” And who are we to argue with a former leader of state? The great news is there are near-endless ways to celebrate when it comes to ice cream, including the following three festive activities.
1. Host an Ice Cream Tasting
Sure, vanilla and chocolate are tried and true (and tasty) classics, but National Ice Cream Day offers the perfect opportunity to branch out and try something new. And while you may not find the largest selection at your local grocery store or corner market, gourmet mail order ice cream makes it easy to get your spoon on a phenomenal assortment of flavors from the country’s best artisanal ice cream makers.
Thai Iced Tea, Honey Lemon Lavender, Snickers Snickerdoodle, Passionfruit Guava Sorbet and MarionBerry are just a handful of innovative, elevated creations from Washington, DC’s award-winning Ice Cream Jubilee, declared by Food & Wine Magazine to be among the “Best Ice Cream Spots in the U.S.” They’ve even got vegan flavors (Coconut Lychee Lime, anyone?) meaning everyone can get in on the ice cream action this July.
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2. Throw a Neighborhood Ice Cream Bash
Another one of our favorite, age-old adages? “The more the merrier.” And we can think of no better application for this expression than ice cream. Stock up on treats — we recommend Anderson’s Frozen Custard Handmade Ice Cream Sandwiches and Sundae Party Package — send out an invite, and prepare to become the most popular person in your neighborhood.
3. Turn Happy Hour Into Ice Cream Hour
For many people, there’s only one thing better than ice cream. Cocktails and ice cream. So why not bring these two beloved things together this National Ice Cream Day? Mexican chocolate milkshakes, mint chocolate mudslides, pina colada smoothies, and salt and caramel gelato floats are just a few of the concoctions you can be sipping come July 16th.
Or, save yourself the trouble and let Ice Cream Jubilee do the work for you with its brilliant “Boozy Scoops” package designed to let you “have your super-premium ice cream and drink it too.” A blissful buzz awaits thanks to divine Banana Bourbon Caramel, refreshing Gin & Tonic Sorbet, and tropical Dark & Stormy.
4. Share the Love
Ice cream is America’s favorite dessert by a landslide. In fact, it claims 41 percent of the vote, and is more than twice as popular than second-place finisher cake (20 percent). The takeaway? Lots of people you love love ice cream, and while you may not be able to be with them all this National Ice Cream Day, you can show them they’re on your mind with an unexpected and decadent delivery.
But wouldn’t it be a shame to limit your enjoyment of this creamy, dreamy treat to just one day? As it turns out, the entire month of July is designated as National Ice Month so you have 31 days to enjoy more than 31 flavors courtesy of FoodyDirect’s extensive inventory of luscious licks. Check out our mail order ice cream and much much more at FoodyDirect today.