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National Ice Cream Day

On July 19th, Dish or cone? That’s all we need to know. National Ice Cream Day on the 3rd Sunday in July offers up every flavor on the menu to honor the day! The holiday also lands in the middle of National Ice Cream Month.  

*Join a Pikup to any grocery store with friends, family, or neighbors, and any order of Ice Cream will be fully reimbursed into your Pikup account after the Pikup is completed.


Thousands of years ago, people in the Persian Empire put snow in a bowl, poured concentrated grape-juice over it, and ate it as a treat. Even when the weather was hot, they would savor this sweet treat. Their trick? They placed snow in underground chambers known as yakchal where the temperatures kept the snow from melting. The Persians also hiked to the mountain tops by their summer capital to gather snowfall. 


The Chinese, under the Tang Dynasty around 697 AD, took to freezing dairy with salt and ice. However, the results aren’t exactly the ice cream we enjoy today. Frozen treats and beverages later, culinary folks point to Naples, Italy as the birthplace of the first ice cream. They give credit to Antonio Latini. He was born in 1642 and created a milk-based sorbet.



In the United States, the Quaker colonists earn the nod for bringing their ice recipes over with them. They opened the first ice cream shops, including shops in New York and other cities during the colonial era.


U.S. Ice Cream Facts
  • Ben Franklin, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson enjoyed ice cream.

  • 1813 -First Lady Dolley Madison served ice cream at the Inaugural Ball.

  • 1832 – African American confectioner, Augustus Jackson, created multiple ice cream recipes as well as a superior technique to manufacture ice cream.

  • 1843 – Philadelphian, Nancy Johnson, received the first U.S. patent for a small-scale hand-cranked ice cream freezer.

  • 1920 – Harry Burt puts the first ice cream trucks on the streets.

An astonishing fact regarding Thomas Jefferson – his recipe for Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream is believed to be the oldest recipe for ice cream in the USA. The recipe below is provided by the Library of Congress.  The transcript is word for word for ease of following along.


Thomas Jefferson’s Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
  • 2 quarts heavy whipping cream

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 vanilla bean

  • 6 large egg yolks

  1. Directions

  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine cream and sugar. Split vanilla bean in half lengthwise. With a sharp knife, scrape seeds into pan; add bean. Heat cream mixture over medium heat until bubbles form around sides of pan, stirring to dissolve sugar.

  • In a small bowl, whisk a small amount of the hot mixture into the egg yolks; return all to the pan, whisking constantly.

  • Cook over low heat until mixture is just thick enough to coat a metal spoon and temperature reaches 160°, stirring constantly. Do not allow to boil. Immediately transfer to a bowl.

  • Place bowl in a pan of ice water. Stir gently and occasionally for 2 minutes; discard vanilla bean. Press waxed paper onto the surface of custard. Refrigerate several hours or overnight.

  • Fill cylinder of ice cream freezer two-thirds full; freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions. (Refrigerate remaining mixture until ready to freeze.) Transfer ice cream to a freezer container; freeze for 4-6 hours or until firm. Repeat with the remaining mixture.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalIceCreamDay with Pikup

Enjoy National Ice Cream Day by sharing some with your family and friends! Go to the store and share a Pikup or join one to get the ingredients you need. Or when you go to your favorite ice cream shop share a Pikup with your neighbors to celebrate together. Post your Ice Cream Pikup on social media using #NationalIceCreamDay #Pikup.


NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY HISTORY

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month and established National Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday in July.

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