Celebrating National Ice Cream Month
July is National Ice Cream Month! Is there a better way to cool off in this heat wave than with a nice scoop of ice cream? We don’t think so! Whether you’re a cup or cone type of person, ice cream is a crowd-pleasing favorite.
History of Ice Cream
According to the International Dairy Foods Association (who would’ve guessed!), ice cream dates back to the 2nd century B.C. Imagine Alexander the Great enjoying some good old vanilla while expanding the Macedonian empire - now that’s a visual. While vanilla ice cream wasn’t actually around in Alexander’s time, records show that the ruler enjoyed snow and ice flavored with honey and nectar.
Ice cream was first mentioned in the United States as early as 1744. At the time, the treat was considered a delicacy for the upper class. The confection didn’t become widely available until the mid 19th century. During World War II, ice cream (and milkshakes) became the ultimate symbol of the American identity; and ice cream parlors seemed to stand on every street corner. As technology and production continued to advance, mass-produced ice cream came to the grocery stores.
Local Ice Cream Shops to Enjoy this July
Columbia is packed with fabulous ice cream shops. Give one a visit this month to celebrate National Ice Cream Month.
Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream
Buck’s Ice Cream Palace
Randy’s Frozen Custard
Andy’s Frozen Custard
Yogoluv: Frozen Yogurt and More
A Little More
Are you beating the heat with a sweet treat? Use the hashtag #SavorIceCreamMonth on Instagram for a chance to be featured on our website!