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We All Scream for Ice Cream

July is National Ice Cream month

By Eugenia Jones

Regardless of how it is served-soft, by the scoop, in a cone, or a la mode with a piping hot piece of pie-ice cream is the favorite frozen American treat that makes summertime complete.
With July’s sizzling temperatures, it’s the perfect time to celebrate National Ice Cream Month and National Ice Cream Day on Sunday July 15, 2018. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared July as National Ice Cream Month by signing a proclamation asking everyone in the United States to celebrate throughout the month with ice cream related events. With ice cream being a favorite American sweet treat and powerful economic driver contributing more than $39 billion to the U. S. economy, it isn’t difficult for ice cream enthusiasts to observe the July proclamation.
The history of ice cream began with flavored ices and iced drinks. Early Biblical verses reference King Solomon enjoying iced drinks at harvest time. The emperors of the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD.) were probably the first to incorporate frozen cow, goat, or buffalo milk into an ice cream like mixture. With the earliest forms of ice cream resembling frozen ice drinks and frozen milk concoctions, ice cream as we know it today has come a long way.
No one knows for sure how ice cream made its way to the United States, but it appears in American recipe books from the early 1700s. The first ice cream parlor opened in New York City in 1790. Early United States presidents, including Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln had a fondness for the cold sweet treat with Abraham Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd, holding “strawberry parties” where fresh strawberries were served with cake and ice cream.
In McCreary County, we’ve discovered folks have lots of favorite flavors and ways to eat their ice cream.
How do you like your ice cream?
Whether as a scoop, shake, split, or sundae, don’t forget to celebrate throughout the month of July as we all scream for our favorite ice cream.
Research sources: International Dairy Foods Association and Avey, “Explore the Delicious History of Ice Cream.”

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