Celebrate National Ice Cream Day in Buckhannon


BUCKHANNON — National Ice Cream Day is celebrated annually every third Sunday in July, meaning this Sunday, July 17, is the perfect day to enjoy the cool treat!

Ice cream is noted to be enjoyed by over 90% of the population in the United States. Interestingly enough, National Ice Cream Day was actually made official in 1984 by President Reagan. Following the proclamation by President Reagan, the dairy industry was glorified in America.

When researching the origins of who invented ice cream, there is no known inventor to be credited. However, history researchers report that ice cream-like-food dates back to China between 618-97 AD. “The first dish was made from flour, buffalo milk and camphor, an organic compound commonly used in lotion. It’s also been noted that Alexander the Great adored ice and snow-flavored with nectar and honey,” said Nationaltoday.com.

It is noted that Marco Polo returned to Italy from the Far East with a recipe for what is now known as sherbet. Later in 1660, Italian Francesco Procopio Dei Coltelli is credited for perfecting a machine that produced gelato. The gelato recipe combined milk, butter, eggs and cream.

“The first mention of ice cream in the United States derives from a letter written in Maryland in 1744 by Governor William Bladen’s guest. Then the New York Gazette on May 12, 1777 printed the first advert for ice cream in the United States. Following the American Revolution, ice cream became super popular in the U.S.,” as reported by Nationaltoday.com.

Today, ice cream is available is a variety of flavors and even made in organic and lactose free varieties. Ice cream can be enjoyed in the form of milkshakes, sundaes, in a cone or in a bowl, and with so many toppings! In Buckhannon, Sweet A Licious will have specials available between 1 and 3 p.m. Kids can also get a free face painting (with ice cream purchase) by Paint Misbehavin or a caricature by J.R. Earls. Visit Sweet A Licious on Facebook to view the specials!

National Today also made a list of fun facts titled “National Ice Cream Day by the Numbers”

1851: The year when commercial ice cream production started in Boston.

48 pints: The amount of ice cream consumed by the average person in the U.S. every year.

90%: The percentage of households in America that consume ice cream.

24 tons: The weight of the biggest ice-cream sundae made in Alberta, Canada.

250 years: The time it took for the recipe for ice cream to come to North America.

1904: The year when ice cream cones were invented.

9000: The gallons of ice cream that can be made by the milk produced by a cow in its lifetime.

$500 million: The number of food marketing experts who predict that society will be spending half a billion on organic ice cream by 2024.

12,096 pounds: The weight of the world’s largest ice cream cake.

50: The average number of licks it takes to finish one ice cream.

3: The number of levers on a standard ice-cream machine.

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