I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice scream! Take a scoop and savor the flavor, July 23rd is national vanilla ice cream day. There is no question that vanilla ice cream is the most popular flavor of ice cream throughout the world. It’s creamy and versatile, perfect for almost any ice cream occasion. Just what is it that makes it a flavor worthy of a national holiday? Let’s get the scoop!
A History of National Vanilla Ice Cream Day
The flavor of vanilla dates way back to the 1600s, when this Mexican native plant, unknown to other places in the world, was discovered. This wonderful flavor is derived from orchids of the genus vanilla. Spanish Conquistadors were the first to pick it up when they arrived and they eventually returned back to the homeland with the delicious plant.
In the United States, Vanilla was fairly unknown until Thomas Jefferson brought the flavor over from France, where he had originally discovered it. His vanilla ice cream recipe became one of the most popular out there. His original vanilla ice cream recipe came about in the 1780s and can still be found in the library of congress.
If you’re serious about vanilla ice cream, you can visit the Mt. Rushmore National Memorial and try Thomas Jefferson’s vanilla ice cream recipe.
How To Celebrate National Vanilla Ice Cream Day
The best way to celebrate National Vanilla Ice Cream Day is to make your own vanilla ice cream at home with your family! If you’re not big into making food, go out to your local ice cream parlor and grab a good scoop. If you don’t have an ice cream shop, head out to the grocery store and get yourself a nice, big tub. Make sure to grab some of your favorite toppings as well!
If you have social media, tag #VanillaIceCreamDay with a picture of yourself eating some delicious vanilla ice cream.
“The longer I live, the more I have the feeling like God looks down, like when you’ve just bitten into a vanilla ice cream cone, you just get the feeling God’s going, ‘Yes! He enjoys it, and I made his taste buds and I made vanilla and he’s putting it together and he’s experiencing what I created him to experience.”
- Rich Mullin
On This Day, National Vanilla Ice Cream Day, As Well As…
Gorgeous Grandma Day
Gorgeous Grandma Day lands on July 23rd, recognizing women of a certain age, regardless of if they actually have grandchildren. Alice Solomon was the creator of Gorgeous Grandma Day in 1984. She saw it as a way to commemorate women of a certain age, honoring their abilities and accomplishments. The best way to celebrate is to let the older women in your life know how special they are. Take them out for dinner, do some work around the house, or spend the day with them.
Hot Enough for Ya Day
Hot Enough For Ya Day is a holiday for those who live in the Northern Hemisphere. It is kind of a silly holiday that comes around at the average peak of summer. To “celebrate” this holiday, make sure to ask someone, “Is it hot enough for ya?”. Even if it isn’t that hot out yet, it will make for a decent icebreaker, right?