National Ice Cream Day 2020 - Important Date, History, Facts, Quotes & How to celebrate the National Ice Cream Day

National Ice Cream Day 2020 is observed on 19 July 2020 to commemorate the people’s all-time favourite frozen treat and to enjoy the hot summer with a variety of flavoured ice cream. Get more information about the history of National Ice Cream Day, facts, quotes & how to celebrate National Ice Cream Day 2020 from this article. 

Niranjani | Updated Jul 10, 2020 11:20 AM

National Ice Cream Day 2020 - Important Date, History, Facts, Quotes & How to celebrate the National Ice Cream Day

National Ice Cream Day 2020

National Ice Cream Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of July of every year. This year National Ice Cream Day 2020 falls on July 19. People of all ages can take an excuse on this National Ice Cream Day and enjoy as much ice cream as they want.

Ice cream is the best dessert ever invented by a human being. It is rich and creamy, full of flavors, and perfect at any time of year. Ice cream can be used to make sandwiches or whole cakes, or just eat it all alone. On average, Americans eat about 23 gallons of ice cream annually. In 2017 the United States produced around 1.4 billion gallons of ice cream and related frozen desserts.

What is the history of the National Ice Cream Day?

President Ronald Reagan chose to celebrate an ice cream because more than 90 percent of the US population are enjoying it. He proclaimed a day for ice cream in 1984 and his declaration effectively glorified the American dairy industry. Reagan also declared July as the National Ice Cream month, explaining ice cream as "a nutritious and wholesome food consumed by over 90% of people in the United States." After this declaration,  the holiday has created cravings and it is regularly observed every year.

What is the history of Ice cream?

Ice-cream is one of the oldest dessert styles. It is assumed that the ice cream history possibly began in the Achaemenid Empire in about 500BC. This is why they mixed various flavors with ice to make treats to enjoy during the summer months.People in the Persian Empire, thousands of years ago, put snow in a bowl, poured pure grape juice over it, and ate it as a treat. 

It has been said that, under the Tang Dynasty around 697 AD the Chinese took salt and ice to freeze the dairy. In Italy, Marco Polo had returned from the Far East nearly a thousand years later, and bought back a recipe for what is now known as sherbet. It is believed that this recipe evolved into ice cream that was once called "Cream Ice." It was in 1660 that ice cream was introduced to the wider public.

The first mention of ice cream in the United States comes from a letter that Governor William Bladen's guest wrote in Maryland in 1744. Then, on May 12, 1777, the New York Gazette printed the first US advertisement for ice cream. The ice cream was extremely famous in the US after the American Revolution.

After that, ice cream became the favourite dessert across the world and many creations using ice creams evolved such as ice cream cakes, sundae, etc and people enjoy these varieties of flavors all around the year.

How to observe the National Ice Cream Day?

On this National Ice Cream Day, enjoy the favourite ice cream flavours with your family. Some other ways to celebrate the day are

  • Hang out with friends to the nearby ice cream shop and have a ice cream blast

  • Try out the ice cream recipe with various toppings and enjoy with your loved ones

  • Use #NationalIceCreamDay on social media and share the celebration of Ice Cream Day

Ice Cream - Facts

  •  In the 10th century, this summer treat was indeed made from ice before milk based ice creams were introduced

  • Industrial ice cream manufacturing began in Boston, United States, in 1851

  • In the United States, the highest consumption of ice cream worldwide. One average citizen there eats 48 pints of ice cream a year

  • Biggest ice cream sundae was formed in 1988 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It bears weight 24 tons

  • During the World Fair in St. Louis in 1904, ice cream cones were invented when huge demand forced ice cream vendors to find support from nearby waffle vendors

  • One of the most unique flavors of ice cream is hotdog flavored ice cream  made in Arizona, USA

  • One average cow will provide enough milk for 9,000 gallons of ice cream during its entire lifetime

  • The United States manufactures the majority of ice creams in the world

  • California is the biggest ice cream manufacturer in the U.S. They made 121 million gallons of the cold treat alone during 2003

  • One will finish off one ice cream cone in 50 licks

  • According to NASA, even on space flights, ice cream is one of the three items astronauts miss the most

  • Ice cream bean is Hawaiian fruit with a certain flavor like vanilla ice cream

Ice Cream - Quotes

“Forget art. Put your trust in ice cream." — Charles Baxter

"Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos." — Don Kardong

"It was the color of someone buying you an ice cream cone for no reason at all." — Lemony Snicket

"Tomorrow we can eat broccoli, but today is for ice cream." — Malory Hobson

“I guess ice cream is one of those things that are beyond imagination” - L.M. Montgomery

"There were some problems only coffee and ice cream could fix." — Amal El-Mohtar

"Sometimes all you need is love... Oh wait! And ice cream, and chocolate to go along with it as nowadays love is anything but sweet." — Megha Khare

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National Ice Cream Day 2020 - FAQ

1. What is Ice Cream Day?

National Ice Cream Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of July, in the United States. It was signed into public law by President Ronald Reagan on July 9, 1984, with Presidential Proclamation 5219.

2. Who first made ice cream?

In 618-97AD, an ice-cream like food was first eaten in China. King Tang of Shang had 94 ice men who helped make a buffalo dish made with milk, flour, and camphor. In China about 200 BC a kind of ice-cream was invented when a mixture of milk and rice was frozen by covering it in snow.

3. Why is ice cream so good?

Ice cream tastes fine because it contains a decent amount of fat and flavours. Fats actually help to carry flavor molecules. And it contains a high level of sugar content.

4. What are the top-selling ice cream flavors?

The IDFA survey found the top-selling flavors in the United States are vanilla, chocolate, mint chocolate chip, cream n cookies, and chocolate chips cookie dough.