Little known fact: July is National Ice Cream Month. It was officially declared so in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan, alongside National Ice Cream Day (the third Sunday of the month).
This year’s National Ice Cream Day is Sunday, July 21, 2019.
But fun fact, no one really knows who invented the cold treat.
Who knew ice cream was so important? Regan went on to say that ice cream is “nutritious and wholesome” and enjoyed by more than 90 percent of U.S. residents. In fact, according to the International Dairy Foods Association, the average American consumes more than 23 pounds of ice cream every year. It’s no surprise that in 2019, ice cream continues to be a big revenue driver. The economic report went on to say that ice cream is an $11 billion industry that generates $1.6 billion in direct wages.
Here are some more fun facts to help you win your next ice cream trivia bout…plus a bonus homemade ice cream recipe!
- Q: What country is #1 for ice cream consumption? A: The United States (followed by Australia then Norway).
- Q: What is the most popular ice cream flavor in America? A: Vanilla
- Q: What state produces the most ice cream in America? A: California
- Q: How many pounds of milk does it take to make 1 Gallon of ice cream? A: 12 pounds of milk
- Q: How many licks to finish a scoop of ice cream? A: 50
- Q: Which came first? Chocolate or vanilla ice cream? A: Chocolate
- Q: How tall was the largest ice cream cone ever recorded? And where was it located? A: Nine feet tall in Italy
- Q: What is the most popular ice cream topping? A: Chocolate syrup
- Q: What year did July get declared as National Ice Cream Month? A: 1984
After reading all these fun facts and historical tidbits, we know you’ll want to literally grab a scoop and make your own! Check out this fun recipe from author and stylist Katie Jacobs who shared her homemade vanilla ice cream process from her book, So Much To Celebrate.
HOMEMADE VANILLA ICE CREAM
3 cups whole milk
1 3/4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups half-and-half
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
3 cups heavy cream
Makes 1 gallon
Step 1. Make the ice cream in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Scald the milk until it bubbles form around the edges of the pan. Then remove the pan from heat.
Step 2: Add the sugar and salt, and stir until dissolved. Stir in the half-and-half, vanilla, and heavy cream. Allow the mixture to cool completely.
Step 3: Pour the mixture into a large bowl, cover it, and refrigerate it for at least an hour (overnight works best). Freeze per your ice cream machine’s instructions.
Enjoy and stay cool!