• Nicola McCabe

Celebrate National Ice Cream Day on July 18th


Ronald Reagan loved ice cream! In 1984 when he was President of the United States he declared the 3rd Sunday in July to be National Ice Cream Day, which means in 2021 it falls on Sunday 18th.


My 'National' days

To be honest, if I was President or Prime Minister then I would be creating National celebration days left, right and centre. There'd be one for dogs, cats, horses, Prosecco, gin, ice cream, hot tubs, Chinese food, Sunday roasts...I could probably come up with one for every day of the year. Actually, I think most of them already exist in one country or another. I'll just have to find my favourites and mark them all on the calendar. I'll be devastated if I miss out on Guinea Pig Appreciation Day again.


How to celebrate National Ice Cream Day

I don't think it's going to be difficult finding ways to celebrate on Sunday. Just do what you normally do - go to the nearest supermarket and buy a huge tub of your favourite ice cream. Or why not mix it up a bit, and try one that you have never had before? You never know, you might even like it.

Better still, why not try and make ice cream? I found an easy-peasy Mary Berry one for plain ice cream that you can just add your own flavours to.


Easy recipe for no-churn ice cream

Ingredients

4 free-range eggs, separated

100g caster sugar

300ml double cream


Flavourings

Vanilla flavour - 1 tsp vanilla extract

Ginger flavour - 100g stem ginger, chopped, plus 4 tbsp syrup from the jar

Coffee and brandy flavour - 2-3 tbsp coffee essence and 2 tbsp brandy

Raspberry flavour - 150ml/5fl oz sieved raspberry purée (or you could also use strawberry)

Rum and raisin flavour -100g raisins soaked in 4 tbsp rum for 2 hours


Method

  1. Whisk the egg whites in a large bowl until stiff peaks form when the whisk is removed.

  2. Slowly whisk in the caster sugar, then continue to whisk until the egg whites are stiff and glossy.

  3. Whisk the cream in a separate bowl until soft peaks form when the whisk is removed.

  4. Fold the cream, egg yolks and your chosen flavouring (see above list) into the meringue mixture until well combined.

  5. Pour into a plastic container and freeze for at least two hours.

A few interesting facts

You know how I like doing a bit of research in my spare time. So I can't write a blog about ice cream without sharing a few fun and interesting facts.


Did you know :

  • One in ten people admit that they lick the bowl clean after eating ice cream.

  • It takes about 50 licks to finish a single scoop of ice cream.

  • 3 gallons of milk = 1 gallon of ice cream, and as one cow can produce 730 gallons of milk per year, that's a LOT of ice cream!

  • The world's most popular ice cream topping is chocolate syrup

  • Top 5 ice cream eating countries in the world, in order are : New Zealand, United States, Australia, Finland and Sweden.

  • The ancient Greeks enjoyed a dessert very similar to ice cream way back in the 5th century.

  • Brain freeze occurs when ice cream touches the roof of your mouth

  • Ben & Jerrys have produced a dog-friendly ice cream, (Ordinary ice cream shouldn't really be given to dogs because it can contain sweeteners (xylitol) that are toxic to dogs. Dairy products can also cause them problems such as indigestion and diarrhoea).

Who doesn't love ice cream?

Well I'm off now, to buy myself a large tub of ice cream to eat all to myself on Sunday (maybe not in the hot tub though). Ah, wouldn't it be great if they had ice cream vans in France, like the ones in the UK? Who didn't enjoy a Mr Whippy 99 with all the trimmings? Or a gigantic knickerbocker glory? Or an ice cream sundae?... When I'm President, everyday will be National Ice Cream Day !



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