ice cream month

Not surprisingly, July, quite often the hottest month of the year in many places, is National Ice Cream Month. Celebrating began in July 1984 in the state of Kentucky. In the U.S. this is celebrated on the third Sunday in July. The ice cream industry in the U.S. creates almost 190,000 jobs across the country and contributes $39 billion to the economy.

How are you going to celebrate ice cream day?

Try making your own homemade treats.

If you’re looking for instructions and recipes, most food sites on the internet can provide you with one.

Have a party.

A party can involve lots of themed games and various ways of eating ice cream, such as milkshakes, sundaes, cakes, floats and more. Don’t forget to include lots of fun toppings!

Think up a new flavor.

What flavor of ice cream have you yet to try or see in the stores? Honey and mango? Raspberry with peaches and pears? Various ice cream makers around the country hold contests in July for the newest, most unique (and delicious!) flavor of ice cream. Try submitting yours.

A few facts you may not have known:

  • It can be traced back to ancient China.
  • The U.S. has the highest consumption in the world at 26 liters per person. The only dessert items that sell more are cookies!
  • It takes 12 pounds of milk to make one gallon of ice cream.
  • The most popular flavor is vanilla.
  • 90% of American households purchase it each week.
  • The largest sundae every made was in Edmonton, Alberta in Canada in 1988. It weighed in at a whopping 54,917 pounds. Most of it was sold with the proceeds going to charity.

This July, celebrate Ice Cream Day and Month by enjoying your favorite flavors. Try making your own. You never know, you may become famous for creating a new and delicious flavor!