Two Scoops for National Ice Cream Day


| 7/8/2009 2:34:40 PM


Nina

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! On Sunday, July 19 I’m going to enjoy a few scoops of ice cream because it’s National Ice Cream Day. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day, according to the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA).

On the 19th, I plan on having a few scoops (or maybe 10) in honor of this special event. This day is also a perfect opportunity to throw an ice cream party.

Ice Cream
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A family friend used to throw annual ice cream parties in Taos, New Mexico. She made gallons of homemade ice cream, which is about as good as it gets when you’re 12 years old, provided hot fudge and caramel sauce, and asked everyone else to bring a special topping. My family brought chocolate sprinkles but the more creative guests would bring spicebush berries, chopped fresh lavender blossoms, blackberries, strawberries and more. My favorite topping involved crushed biscochitos. Biscochitos are the state cookie in New Mexico and they’re made with anise seed, cinnamon and sugar.

If you want to make your own ice cream this month, try this classic recipe.



French Vanilla Ice Cream 



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