HAPPINESS IS ICE CREAM
Social Distancing is going to play a big part in the summer, making it quite different from pretty much every other summer when the only social distancing taking place was when someone was just too close on a hot day. But the need for masks and a little space can’t eradicate our love of ice cream on a hot day.
JULY IS NATIONAL ICE CREAM MONTH, AND IT’S NOT HARD TO SEE WHY. ONE COULD MAKE THE ARGUMENT THAT THE MONTH WHEN ONE MOST WANT ICE CREAM IS “ALL OF THEM” OR ONE COULD ARGUE THAT IT’S A THREE-WAY TIE BETWEEN JUNE, JULY, AND AUGUST. HOWEVER YOU RANK THE MONTHS, IT’S CLEAR THAT JULY IS A GOOD TIME TO BE WOLFING DOWN ICE CREAM BY THE DOUBLE SCOOP. FORTUNATELY, THERE ARE MANY ICE CREAM PURVEYORS OFFERING UP GOOD DEALS TO KEEP US IN ICE CREAM ALL MONTH LONG. WE’LL FIND OFFERS FROM BASKIN-ROBBINS, BEN & JERRY’S, AND MANY OTHER LOVELY PLACES.
History of Ice Cream Month
Ice Cream Month was established by the American Dairy association in conjunction with President Ronald Reagan and Walter Dee Huddleston, a Senator from Kentucky. On the backs of this incredibly official declaration, the Ice Cream companies began publicizing the day, encouraging people to go out and enjoy this cold delight as often as possible during the month of July. Ice Cream was first said to be created in Ancient Greece, before the idea of a refrigerator ever came to pass. The so-called “Ice Cream” was incredibly rudimentary, being a mixture of snow honey and fruit, but it was still the beginnings of a great tradition.
The first true Ice Cream was said to be introduced by Catherine de’ Medici in the 16th century. So impressed was Charles I of England (one hundred years after this introduction) that he paid to keep the formula secret, making ice cream a royal prerogative, utterly unobtainable by the common man. The first recorded recipes didn’t exist until the 18th century.
Truly Ice Cream was a treat meant for the most notable of humans, and now we can all enjoy it any day of the year!
Ice Cream Month encourages us to be particularly indulgent during the month of July!