In 1984, President Ronald Reagan officially declared July as National Ice Cream Month and established the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day. Since Chick-Fil-A is closed on Sundays so their employees can worship as they see fit, the Main Street Chick-Fil-A in Suffolk, VA will celebrate this glorious day on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
The scoop is that anyone who upsizes their meal selection between 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday will receive a free child-size cup or child’s cone of Chick-Fil-A’s signature Ice Dream – just enough to top off a meal without leaving you feeling stuffed. The caveat is this will continue until 4:00 p.m. if supplies hold out until then.
You may wonder why National Ice Cream Day is celebrated in the United States. Well, why not, since it is estimated that every person in the United States enjoys an average of 48 pints of ice cream per person every year, making Americans the #1 consumers of ice cream in the world. New Zealanders come in 2nd.
The top five ice cream flavors enjoyed by Americans each year are vanilla (27.8%), chocolate (14.3%), strawberry (3.3%), chocolate chip (3.3%) and butter pecan (2.8%). Many people will be surprised to learn that vanilla is almost twice as popular as chocolate.
Europeans did not get their first taste of what we now know as ice cream until Italian explorer Marco Polo returned from the Far East with a recipe that largely resembled sherbet. From Italy, ice cream made its way across Europe and eventually to America. Official records show that President George Washington allocated a total of $200 for ice cream purchases during the simmering summer of 1790.
In the late 19th century, America’s soda shops gave in to pressure from community churches who demanded that the newly-popular “ice cream soda” not be served on Sundays. To remedy the situation, the soda shops simply removed the soda from the recipe which led to the invention of the ice cream sundae.
It is said that necessity is the mother of invention, which was clearly shown during the St. Louis World Fair in 1904 when a vendor ran out of ice cream cups to serve visitors. He hastily enlisted the help of a neighboring vendor who provided rolled-up waffle cones in which to serve the sweet treat – and voila – the ice cream cone was born!
So, even if you already celebrated National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, July 20, 2014, its official day of recognition, you wouldn’t want Chick-Fil-A’s efforts to share in the celebration to go to waste, would you?
Hope to see you there!