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The third Sunday in July was declared International Ice Cream Day by President Ronald Regan back in ’84. But no need to scream with regret at missing it; he also designated the entire month of July as International Ice Cream Month.
“It is always sad when someone leaves home, unless they are simply going around the corner and will return in a few minutes with ice-cream sandwiches.”
― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid
The International Dairy Foods Association shares a few facts on their Ice Cream Sales & Trends page:
- In 2010, the U.S. ice cream industry generated total revenues of $10 billion
- About 1.53 billion gallons of ice cream and related frozen desserts were produced in the U.S. in 2011
- The most popular flavor is vanilla with Chocolate Chip Mint and Cookies and Cream following (Other sources say chocolate, strawberry, and butter pecan rank up there too.)
The library has some great books about ice cream, from the history of this tasty treat, to using store bought ice cream in desserts and making your own. I don’t know about you, but I might need to get some ice cream before the month is done!