Ice cream is a perfect summer food, or if you are ice cream obsessed like I am, ice cream is a perfect food anytime of the year or day.
My obsession with ice cream is not limited to eating it. I am also obsessed with the process of making ice cream, the history of the food, the history of various ice cream companies, you name it. If it is ice cream related I am interested.
As July is National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of July is National Ice Cream Day, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to share some of the fascinating ice cream facts and materials which combine my love of ice cream and history.
First how is it that July came to National Ice Cream Month?
Presidential Proclamation 5219 signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1984 after is was requested by The Congress via Senate Joint Resolution 298. The Presidential Proclamation designated July 1984 as National Ice Cream Month and July 15, 1984 as National Ice Cream Day. Although the Proclamation officially only referred to 1984 the tradition of July as National Ice Cream Month and the Third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day has stuck every since.
Read the proclamation here.
And get more information about Senate Joint Resolution here.
Ice cream before National Ice Cream Day:
“The Yukon Freezer” hand cranked ice cream machine, c 1935. Click image for more information.
Thomas Jefferson’s own vanilla ice cream recipe. Click image for more information.
Looking to expand your own ice cream knowledge check out these e-books from our collection:
This is a little to technical to be considered light reading, but it has a wealth of information from history to how to. Click the image to view the catalog record and access the e-book.
Interested in learning more about how Ben & Jerry’s became the company we know today? Click the image to view the catalog record and access the e-book.
Speaking of Ben & Jerry’s check out their blog post illustrating the evolution of the design of their pint containers over the years.
Looking to make ice cream of your own? This gardening and cooking book will have you not only growing your own berries and mint but turning them into simple homemade ice cream. Click the image to view the catalog record and access the e-book.