National Ice Cream Day

Have some ice-cream on #NationalIceCreamDay. Source: Pixabay

16 July is National Ice Cream Day, which forms part of National Ice Cream Month. This day is a fun celebration enjoyed with a bowl, cup or cone filled with your favourite ice-cream flavour.

Thousands of years ago, people in the Persian Empire enjoyed a bowl of snow, topped with grape juice concentrate as a sweet treat. They did this during hot weather, with snow saved in their underground chambers called yakchal to keep it cold. Sometimes, they would also use snow taken from the remaining snowfall at the top of the mountains of the summer capital.

It is believed that ice-cream was first introduced into the United States by Quaker colonists. They used their recipes to make ice-cream, which was then sold at shops in New York and other cities during the colonial area.

Some interesting ice-cream facts:

• Ben Franklin, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson loved ice-cream.

• In 1813 the First Lady – Dolley Madison – served this delicious treat at the inaugural ball.

• In 1832, the confectioner, Augustus Jackson, created multiple ice-cream recipes as well as a superior technique to manufacture the treat.

• The Philadelphian, Nancy Johnson, received the first US patent for a small-scale hand-cranked ice-cream freezer in 1843.

• Harry Burt put the first ice-cream trucks on the streets in 1920.

Celebrate today by purchasing your favourite flavour of ice-cream and sharing it with your best friends and family.

Use #NationalIceCreamDay to post on social media.

  AUTHOR
Adéle Bloem
Journalist

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