Well, it officially feels like July. After a few weeks of hot-and-cold weather, it seems mother nature has finally made up her mind. She predicts nothing but sun and cloudless skies, perfect for eating outside.
I’ll admit it. I love ice cream, and it’s one of my biggest weaknesses. I enjoy it year-round, even in the winter, but definitely indulge a little bit more when the weather warms up. In the summer, my dad and I would take bike rides on a trail near our house all the way to a local Ben and Jerry’s–the reward was so worth the trip! I’d enjoy my scoop of Chunky Monkey while he’d enjoy his Cherry Garcia (he was a Dead Head, after all), sitting outside in the glistening summer sun.
So when I found out that July just so happens to be National Ice Cream Month, I literally jumped out of my seat. I definitely have a major sweet tooth, and to indulge in ice cream for a whole month made my heart melt!
National Ice Cream Month was first designated in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan, and the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day. This year, the event will take place on Sunday, July 17.According to the NPD Group’s National Eating Trends In-Home Database, the top five individual flavors in the United States are: Vanilla (27.8%), Chocolate (14.3%), Strawberry (3.3%), Chocolate Chip (3.3%) and Butter Pecan (2.8%).
It’s hot, and what better way to enjoy the summer weather than with a cool and refreshing scoop of ice cream? This year, join in on the fun and learn how to make your own homemade flavor to find out why July is truly the sweetest month of the year!
Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up a few popular ice cream recipes, such as 9 Unexpected Homemade Ice Cream Flavors You Need To Try, to help you get started with making homemade ice cream. From sweet Cranberry and Raspberry Sherbert to the wildly unexpected Amaretti Cassatta Cream Cheese, expand your taste buds with fun and unique flavors!
If you love smoothies, get an extra dose of protein and potassium with this yummy and healthy Peanut Butter, Banana and Chocolate Frozen Yogurt. And if you’re lactose-intolerant and or want to watch your waistline this summer, you can still savor your sweet tooth with these refreshing Cherry Ice Pops, which are kid-friendly and very easy to make.
No matter what the occasion, ice cream is a perfect treat to top off a delicious meal. I’ve always been a vanilla kind of girl (save the date for July 23rd, National Vanilla Ice Cream Day!), but I’m always up for trying new flavors, especially ones with unique ingredients. Suddenly, my cup of Mint Chocolate Chip doesn’t look so plain anymore.
Check out these other ice cream recipes to try out this month:
For fans of Mint Chocolate Chip, try this recipe for Mint Oreo Ice Cream. Adding one of my favorite mix-ins to another one of my favorite flavors? Yum!
Like Key Lime Pie? Like Ice Cream? Mash them together for this delectable Key Lime Pie Ice Cream Sandwich recipe, great for any family gathering.
If you’re in the mood for something fruity, try this Peach Ice Cream recipe, a perfect dessert on a hot summer day.
Just writing this post got my mouth watering! What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?