Way back in 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He thought that a fun and nutritious food not only deserved mention for one day but a full 31 days. That made many children and possibly more than a few dairy farmers very happy. This means that this Sunday July 20 is that very special day.
The concept of ice cream is very old. People like Alexander the Great and Nero Claudius Caesar enjoyed having snow with fruits or honey and nectar. Even Marco Polo is important in ice cream history when he returned to Italy with a recipe that closely resembled what is now called sherbet. In local history, the first official account of ice cream in America comes from a letter written in 1744 by a guest of Maryland Governor William Bladen. And let us not forget about Dolley Madison who served a wonderful strawberry ice cream creation at President Madison's second inaugural banquet at the White House.
Enjoy the slidehow of ways to celebrate National Ice Cream Day.
Vist a Baskin-Robbins
Baskin-Robbins has running all National Ice Cream Month and through the end of the year, that guests can upgrade their double scoop of ice cream with a free freshly-baked waffle cone, which is also the perfect complement to the new July Flavor of the Month, OREO® 'N Cake Batter. The new Flavor of the Month features cake-flavored ice cream, OREO® cookie pieces and a chocolate cake batter ribbon.
Or pick one of the flavors that make people happiest:
2. Jamoca® Coffee
3. Very Berry Strawberry
4. Rocky Road
6. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
7. Mint Chocolate Chip
8. Chocolate Chip
9. Pralines 'n Cream
10. Rainbow Sherbet
Field Trip to Turkey Hill in Lancaster County
Take a spin on the Turkey Hill Experience Prize Wheel to win Callie Cash. Also, enjoy a FREE dixie cup of Turkey Hill ice cream (per guest, no admission required). Those under the age of 18 will receive $1.00 Callie Cash that can be used in the gift shop that day or accumulated to be used at a later time.
Longer Field Trip on the Maryland Ice Cream Trail
You can pick up an Ice Cream Trail Passport at any of the creameries (or online at www.marylandsbest.net). Anyone who completes their Ice Cream Trail passport by visiting every stop on the trail and answering a question from each creamery between May 19 and Sept. 15 will have their passport entered into a drawing to be named the 2014 Ice Cream Trail Blazer. The grand prize includes a $50 gift certificate to a favorite creamery; a CD set of the first season of Maryland Public Television’s Maryland Farm and Harvest; a signed copy of “Dishing Up Maryland,” a cookbook by Lucie Snodgrass; and statewide bragging rights.
The 8 farms are:
South Mountain Cremery (Frederick County); Broom’s Bloom Dairy (Harford County); Chesapeake Bay Farms (Worcester County – now with two locations); Keyes Creamery (Harford County); Kilby Cream (Cecil County); Misty Meadows Farm Creamery (Washington County); Prigel Family Creamery (Baltimore County); and Rocky Point Creamery (Frederick County).
Make your own ice cream
The new Zoku® Ice Cream Maker makes individual portions of ice cream, custard, frozen yogurt, gelato, sorbet or sherbet on any countertop, in as little as 10 minutes. The Zoku Ice Cream Maker creates an individual 5-oz. serving. Available exclusively at Williams-Sonoma, it has a suggested retail price is $25.95.
Visit the grocery store
Weis Markets, with more than 160 locations in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and West Virginia, will be serving up samples of its new ice cream flavor, Peanut Butter Indulgence from 11 am - 4 pm. The flavor was created through the Weis Markets 2014 Flavor Creator contest. While you’re in store, check out the discounts available on supplies you need to make an ice cream sundae.