National Ice Cream Day

National Ice Cream DayNational Ice Cream Day

Don’t miss the perfect opportunity to indulge in this sweet summer treat on July 17th for National Ice Cream Day. The day was officially recognized in 1984 and takes place every year on the third Sunday of the month. 

The International Dairy Farmers Association throws a huge party every year on Capital Hill. IDFA members show off their products which means there are dozens of flavors to try. 

As far as the history of ice cream itself, the earliest versions were created by people in the Persian Empire who poured grape juice over snow as a treat, much like modern snowcone. The snow was gathered from the mountain tops near the summer capital and then kept in underground chambers called yakchal to keep it from melting.

During the Tang Dynasty period in China, around 697 AD, an even closer relative of ice cream was enjoyed by freezing dairy with salt and ice. While these ancient cold treats are certainly part of the same family as ice cream, our modern version wasn’t invented until the 1600s when Antonio Latini produced a milk-based sorbet. 

Ice cream, or cream ice as it was called at the time, made its way into the hand of the people in 1660 when Francesco Procopio Dei Coltelli perfected a machine to make ice cream which was then sold in Paris. 

From there, ice cream made its way to the U.S. with the waves of Scottish colonists in the 1700s. The first written record of a mention of ice cream comes from a letter written by a guest of Governor William Bladen in Maryland in 1744. The first advertisement for ice cream appeared in the May 12, 1777, edition of the New York Gazette. 

And the rest, as they say, is history. New flavors, techniques, and technologies continued to develop and the popularity of ice cream continued to grow. So, celebrate this sweet chilled treat for National Ice Cream Day on July 17th.

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