Sunday, July 15, 2012

July 15 is National Ice Cream Day

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 By Terry Orr

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! What better day to shout this mantra than today—it’s National Ice Cream Day!

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In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90 percent of the nation's population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with "appropriate ceremonies and activities."
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Fun Facts about Ice Cream:

  • It takes 12 lbs. of milk to make just one gallon of ice cream. Wonder how they fit it all in one carton?
  • The U.S. enjoys an average of 48 pints of ice cream per person, per year, more than any other country. Maybe we should make ice cream the fifth food group!
  • It takes an average of 50 licks to polish off a single-scoop ice cream cone. Challenge your family to a Lick-a-Thon, and see who finishes first!
  • An average dairy cow can produce enough milk in her lifetime to make a little over 9,000 gallons of ice cream.
  • California produces the most ice cream in the U.S.
  • The U.S. produces the most ice cream in the world.
  • Biggest ice cream sundae – 12 feet tall made with 4,667 gallons of ice cream – California, USA 1985.

I try to celebrate eating ice cream a few times each week and enjoy a wide variety of flavors!

Grab yourself and spoon and enjoy...
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