Monday, July 9, 2018

July is National Ice Cream Month and July 15 is National Ice Cream Day

July is National Ice Cream Month and National Ice Cream Day is the 3rd Sunday in July. This year it is July 15, 2018.

"I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!" Shout it from the rooftops, because July 15 is National Ice Cream Day! National Ice Cream Day is observed each year on the 3rd Sunday in July and is a part of National Ice Cream Month. Although ice cream isn’t sold on The Virginia Marketplace, we have products that will add to your ice cream eating pleasure.

It is believed that ice cream was first introduced into the United States by Quaker colonists who brought their ice cream recipes with them.  Their ice cream was sold at shops in New York and other cities during the colonial era. in    Others say it was brought to the colonies from Europe and quickly became a favorite of the wealthy. It would remain in the hands of the elite until the 19th century when improvements in technology allowed ice cream to be mass produced. The rest, as they say, is history.
Some facts about ice cream:
·         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.

The celebrations were originated by Joint Resolution 298, which was sponsored by Senator Walter Dee Huddleston of Kentucky on May 17, 1984. The resolution proclaimed the month of July 1984 as "National Ice Cream Month" and July 15, 1984, as "National Ice Cream Day". In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month and established National Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday in the month of July.

Americans consume more ice cream than any other nation in the world. So HOW about trying something new and make an ice cream pie with peanut butter.

Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie
15 Oreo cookies (crushed)
½ cup butter (melted)
1 quart vanilla ice cream (softened- not melted)
1 cup The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg Chunky Peanut Butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup Virginia peanuts (crushed)
¼ cup chocolate syrup

Combine Oreos and butter and mix well.
Press into piedish to form a crust going ¾ of the way up the sides.
Mix ice cream, peanut butter & vanilla until well blended and smooth.
Pour into crust
Freeze for a few hours (until frozen)
Sprinkle crushed peanuts on top and drizzle chocolate syrup right before serving.