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Ice Cream Month

When:
πŸ—“οΈ July

Where:
🌐 Everywhere

Since:
1984

Created as National Ice Cream Month by US presidential proclamation for 1984 only.
But people kept celebrating it every year internationally, so now it’s a world wide traditional celebration.

Now, picture this: you’re standing in front of a mountain of ice cream, spoon in hand, and you think to yourself, “Could I really eat ice cream every day for a whole month?” Well, the answer is a resounding… maybe!
Would your taste buds explode with joy, or would your waistline expand like a hot air balloon?
It depends on your definition of “healthy.”
Sure, ice cream is high in sugar and fat, but it also contains calcium and protein. Everything in moderation, right? Plus, there are plenty of low-calorie, dairy-free, and vegan options out there to satisfy any craving.
Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to celebrate the creamy, deliciousness that is ice cream every day for an entire month? So, let’s dive into the scoops!

Indulge in a month-long brain freeze

But why does ice cream deserve an entire month of celebration, you ask?
The answer is simple: ice cream is not just a dessert, it’s a way of life. It’s a magical combination of creamy goodness and endless flavor possibilities. You can have it in a cone, a cup, a sundae, a float, and even a cake. And the flavors? Endless! From classic vanilla and chocolate to unique combos like lavender honey and bacon maple, there’s a flavor for every mood and taste bud.
And let’s not forget about the texture – creamy, smooth, and oh so satisfying.
Ice cream is a dessert that brings people together, whether it’s a scoop on a hot summer day or a pint shared with friends during a movie night.
Ice cream has the power to make even the grumpiest of humans smile. What other dessert can claim such a feat?

The Sweet History and Making of Ice Cream

Ice cream is a frozen dessert made from a mixture of cream, sugar, and often eggs, with added flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, or fruit.
To make ice cream, the ingredients are mixed together and then churned while being frozen to incorporate air and prevent ice crystals from forming which creates a smooth texture. The resulting mixture is then frozen further until it reaches the desired consistency.

The origins of ice cream are ancient, with early versions recorded in Persia and China as early as 550 BCE, where frozen treats were enjoyed by royalty.
It wasn’t until the 16th century that ice cream made its way to Europe, where it quickly gained popularity among the elite.
Ice cream became more widely available and popular during the 19th century, with the invention of hand-cranked ice cream makers and the development of industrial refrigeration. By the early 1900s, ice cream parlors were a common sight in cities across the country.
Today, ice cream is enjoyed in many forms and flavors, from classic vanilla to innovative creations like avocado and salted caramel.

Brain freeze and a happy heart 

Now, let’s address the elephant in the room. Is it safe to eat ice cream every day for a whole month? Well, technically, no. But hey, we’re rebels, right? We live life on the edge, and sometimes that means indulging in a little too much ice cream.
However, it’s always good to be mindful of your health. Just make sure to balance it out with some exercise, like a good old-fashioned dance party. Or try to choose a smaller portion size or share with a friend. You can also opt to add more fruit to your ice cream to lower the calorie average of your meal and add some juicy fresh vitamins!

A Sweet Celebration: The Origin of Ice Cream Month

Now, for the history buffs out there, the origin of Ice Cream Month can be traced back to July 1984 when Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, declared July as National Ice Cream Month. President Reagan loved ice cream so much that he also declared the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day. This proclamation was made to honor the hardworking individuals who work in the ice cream industry and to celebrate the joy that ice cream brings to people all over the world. This is said to be the absolute best thing that Reagan did as a president.
Since then, people have been celebrating this sweet holiday by enjoying their favorite flavors of ice cream, hosting ice cream socials, and participating in various ice cream-related activities.
And, as with most things, people outside of the US loved the idea and started celebrating it internationally, and we are all about inclusivity here at Wild Calendar, so whether you prefer it in a cone, cup, or sandwiched between two cookies, let’s all raise a scoop and give thanks to this beloved dessert together!

Scoop, there it is!: How to Celebrate Ice Cream Month in Style

Now, let’s get to the fun part – how to celebrate Ice Cream Month! The options are endless as the flavors at an ice cream parlor, but here are a few ideas on how to celebrate this event like a true ice cream lover:

  • Organize an ice cream party and invite all your friends and neighbors. Have an ice cream sundae bar and let everyone create their own masterpiece
  • Visit your local ice cream parlor and try out their latest flavors. Don’t be afraid to try something new and unusual.
  • Take a tour of a local dairy farm or ice cream factory to learn about the process of ice cream making. This is a fun activity for families with children.
  • Take a trip down memory lane by making homemade ice cream with an old-fashioned ice cream maker.
  • Share your love of ice cream with the world by posting photos of your favorite scoops on social media using hashtags like #IceCreamMonth and #ScoopsOfHappiness.

No matter how you choose to celebrate, make sure to savor every lick and enjoy the sweet treats that come with Ice Cream Month.

Safety Tips for Ice Cream Month

Brain freeze, dairy overload, sugar rushes and tooth decay are the main hazards of Ice Cream Month, but let’s be real, is that going to stop us? Of course not!
Here are some safety tips to keep in mind before you dive headfirst into a pint of your favorite flavor,:

  • Pace yourself! Don’t try to eat all the ice cream in one sitting.
  • Eating too much ice cream can lead to brain freeze, a temporary headache caused by consuming something cold too quickly. You can avoid brain freeze by taking small bites and letting them melt in your mouth.
  • If you’re lactose intolerant, try non-dairy ice cream alternatives.
  • For additional health benefits, try topping your ice cream with fresh fruit or nuts.
  • Go for a walk, dance or do some exercises. It’s a fun way to burn off those extra calories and get your heart pumping. 
  • Don’t forget to brush your teeth after indulging in a cone or two.
  • Stay hydrated with water or other non-caffeinated beverages.
  • Remember that moderation is key, even during Ice Cream Month.
  • And if you have furry friends at home, be sure to keep your ice cream stash out of reach. Especially avoid giving them flavors that contain chocolate, which can be toxic to dogs and cats.

Follow these tips, and you’ll be able to fully enjoy Ice Cream Month without any unpleasant side effects.

In Conclusion

So, what’s the moral of the story here? Life is short, eat the ice cream! But remember, everything in moderation. So go ahead and treat yourself to a scoop or two (or three), but also be mindful of your health and safety.
And if anyone questions your month-long celebration of this frozen treat, just tell them Wild Calendar gave you permission to do so. Happy Ice Cream Month, everyone!

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