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National Ice Cream Day

National Ice Cream Day was proclaimed a holiday in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan as a part of National Ice Cream Month. July is National Ice Cream Month in the United States. National Ice Cream Day is the third Sunday in July.

It is estimated that more than over 1.5 billion gallons of ice cream and sherbet is produced each year in the United States alone and over 90 percent of the population enjoy ice cream on a regular basis.

The history of frozen desserts can be traced back to early Greek, Roman, and Chinese societies. Although not ice cream as we know it today, many ancient people enjoyed frozen treats that were made with ice or snow with fruit added.

Ice cream as we know it today is thought to have began in France or Great Britain around the later 1600's or early 1700's. One of the first known shops that advertised ice cream for sale in the United States was located in New York City around 1777.

It is said that Thomas Jefferson was the first president of the United States to serve ice cream in the White House. James and Dolly Madison served ice cream as a dessert at their second inauguration.

With so many different flavors, textures, and ways to serve it, ice cream is a favorite dessert for people of all ages. Different types of ice cream and other frozen desserts include popsicles, gelatos, sorbets, frozen yogurts, frozen custards, slushes, snow cones, and sherbets.

Although high in calories and sugar, ice cream is also nutritious. It is made from milk and other nutritious ingredients such as fruits, nuts, spices, and herbs.

Some ice cream makers and retailers offer hundreds of different flavors for people with specific taste buds. Ice cream cones, hot fudge sundaes, banana splits, ice cream sandwiches and cakes are all popular ways to serve this popular treat.

Some of the most popular fruits used in ice cream include strawberry, cherry, black cherry, banana, cranberry, raisins, raspberry, blue berry, black berry, orange, lemon, lime, peach, plum, apple, grape, pineapple, pumpkin, mango papaya, and watermelon.

Some of the most popular nut brands include vanilla, pecan, chocolate, almond, pistachio, praline, black walnut, peanut, mocha, coffee, mint, sesame, and coconut.

Other popular flavors include moose tracks, bubblegum, ginger, chocolate chip, butter pecan, caramel, vanilla nut, mint, peppermint, cookies, cookie dough, cheesecake, rum, eggnog, butterscotch, marsh mellow, cotton candy, butternut, rocky road, brownie, and different candy flavors.

To help celebrate National Ice Cream Day, many ice cream makers, distributors, grocery stores, and ice cream shops sell their ice cream at discounted prices. They offer coupons, taste tests, and free scoops to increase the name recognition of their particular brand names.

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