Happy National Ice Cream Day!

This summer, get the scoop on National Ice Cream Day!

It’s the one day set aside to honor everything cool, sweet and creamy, and celebrated every year in July.

It was President Ronald Reagan who in 1984 officially declared July as National Ice Cream Month, and established National Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday in July.

This year, join millions of American who will be celebrating National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, July 15, 2012 — in honor of the popular dessert that’s guaranteed to lift you up and cool you down on any hot summer day ….

Ice cream fun facts

Fact is, the U.S. nationally enjoys a whopping 48 pints of ice cream per person every year on average, making Americans the No. 1 ice cream consumers worldwide. Coming in No. 2? New Zealand.

The top five ice cream flavors enjoyed by Americans? That would be vanilla at 27.8%, followed by chocolate (14.3%), strawberry (3.3%), chocolate chip (3.3%) and butter pecan (2.8%).

Here are more ice-cream facts!

• It wasn’t until Italian explorer Marco Polo returned from the Far East (with a recipe that mostly resembled sherbet) that Europeans got their first taste of what we now know as ice cream.

• From Italy, ice cream made its way across Europe and, eventually, to colonial America where official records show that President George Washington allocated a total of $200 on ice cream purchases during the hot summer of 1790.

• In the late 19th century, America’s soda shops bowed to pressure from local churches who demanded that the newly-popular “ice cream soda” not be served on Sundays. The simple solution? Remove the soda from the recipe which led to a new invention called (you guessed it) the ice cream sundae.

• During the St. Louis World Fair in 1904, a vendor ran out of ice cream cups to serve visitors. He quickly enlisted the help of a neighboring vendor who provided rolled-up waffle cones in which to serve the sweet treat ….and the ice cream cone was born!

Below is my favorite vanilla home-made ice cream recipe: I make it often using the ice cream attachment on my  mixer. Philadelphia Style homemade ice cream contains no eggs.

 

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream, Philadelphia-Style

3 cups heavy cream, or 2 cups heavy cream and 1 cup whole milk-add 1 Cup sugar
Pinch of salt
1 TBL pure vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl, and then freeze the mixture in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Delicious Homemade ice cream sandwiches

Chocolate Supermoist cake mix

You Will Need: 1-1/3 cups water, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, and 3 eggs.

  • Heat up your waffle iron and mix the Chocolate cake mix according the directions.
  • Pour the cake mix batter onto the waffle iron.  Check your manual for amounts and times.  Mine used about 1/4 cup of batter per waffle and cooked for about 3 minutes.
  • Put the finished waffles onto a cooling rack to cool, add vanilla ice-cream to the top of one waffle then top with additional waffle and enjoy.
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