According to the International Dairy Foods Association, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month in 1984. He also designated the 3rd Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day.
Though most think of dairy products when considering ice cream, there are a lot of alternative products that can be consumed in honor of National Ice Cream Month. Below are some ideas that you can use during National Ice Cream Month:
– The traditional approach is to buy dairy ice cream from your local grocery store and enjoy your favorite flavor.
– To the ice cream parlor – nothing says summer like a good ice cream shop. Another way to get your ice cream ‘fix’ for the month would be to visit a local ice cream store to make your purchase. Often times, ice cream parlors will make unique seasonal flavors that you would never be able to purchase at a store. In addition, smaller ice cream parlors tend to make their own ice cream in-house and from local ingredients.
– Speaking of in-house, why not make your own ice cream? If you have an ice cream maker, it might be a cool idea to make your own. This way you can make it exactly how you would like and create new flavors. This is also a fun idea to do with kids!
– National Ice Cream Month does not have to be celebrated with dairy products. If you prefer to limit your dairy intake, you can make fruit juice popsicles instead. Try freezing your favorite juice in ice cube trays or popsicle molds! You can add your favorite fruits for a healthy touch. This is another kid-friendly idea!
– Speaking of healthy, why not make a smoothie to celebrate National Ice Cream Month? You can blend up your favorite fruits and vegetables to make a healthy and yummy summer dessert.
The weather can definitely be hot in July, but with it being National Ice Cream Month, there are a lot of ways to cool down. National Ice Cream Day falls on July 19th this year so keep watch for special offers and promotions in your area!