This Sunday is National Ice Cream day, which means it is one of the best days of the year. You get to eat all of the ice cream you want with no guilt! Yum! To celebrate this wonderful occasion we are going to run through some fun facts about one of America’s favorite foods, none other than ice cream.
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month (so really, eat all the ice cream you want this month) and the 3rd Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. President Reagan saw ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that over 90% of the nation enjoys. He called for all of the people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”
Who are we not to listen to a President?
• Vanilla is the favorite flavor in the US gathering about 28% of the population’s vote.
• The biggest ice cream sundae in history was made in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1988. It weighed over 24 tons!
• About 10% of all the milk produced by US dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream.
• As part of their welcome to America, immigrants at Ellis Island were served ice cream.
• The US celebrated the victory of WWII with ice cream. In 1946, they ate more than 20 quarts per person.
• Rupert Grint, or better known as Ron Weasley, did not initially want to be an actor, he wanted to be an Ice Cream Man. With the money he earned from the Harry Potter movies he bought himself an ice cream truck and drove around giving people free ice cream.
• Thankfully bagel-making equipment was a little too expensive because when Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield decided to go into business together as Ben & Jerry, they decided to make the economical decision and chose ice cream.
• Ben & Jerry’s has a flavor graveyard for all of its retired flavors or flavors that didn’t work out so well.
• Haagen-Dazs doesn’t actually mean anything. The founder wanted a Danish sounding name, so he sat around saying gibberish until he came up with something he liked. He chose this method to ensure he would have an original and unique name.
• Worldwide, around 3.3 billion gallons of ice cream are consumed each year. That’s enough to fill 5,000 Olympic sized swimming pools!
How do you plan to celebrate National Ice Cream day this year?