National Ice Cream Day is celebrated each year on the 3rd Sunday in July and is a part of National Ice Cream Month. Yesterday was a fun celebration enjoyed with a bowl, cup or cone filled with your favorite flavor of ice cream.
A little Ice Cream History for you ~ thousands of years ago, the people in the Persian Empire would put snow in a bowl, pour grape-juice concentrate over it and ate it as a sweet treat. They did this when the weather was hot and they used snow that they had saved in the cool-keeping underground chambers known as “yakhchal”, or taken from the snowfall that still remained at the tops of mountains by the summer capital.
We are led to believe that ice cream was first introduced into the United States by the Quaker colonists who had brought their ice cream recipes with them. Their ice cream generally was sold at shops in New York and other cities during the colonial era.
Did you know?
o Ben Franklin, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were known to have been regular eaters of ice cream.
o First Lady Dolly Madison served ice cream at the Inaugural Ball in 1813.
o 1832 – African American confectioner, Augustus Jackson created multiple ice cream recipes as well as a superior technique to manufacture ice cream.
o 1843 – Philadelphian, Nancy Johnson, was issued the first U.S. patent for a small-scale hand-cranked ice cream freezer.
It is said that today there are over 1,000 ice cream flavors. Who knew one would have to make such a choice!!!
I hope that you enjoy National Ice Cream Month as much as we do at AWS!! A sweet treat that is tasty any day, all year long!!