In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. That means Sunday, July 20 th , is National Ice Cream Day. Vanilla continues to be America's flavor of choice in ice cream.
America's top five favorite individual flavors are vanilla, chocolate, butter pecan, strawberry and chocolate chip mint. Ice cream flavors are only limited by the imagination. Mississippi State University has two unique ice cream flavors: muscadine ripple and sweet potato. Some flavors are seasonal favorites such as peppermint for November/December.
The International Ice Cream Association offers these suggestions on the proper handling and storage of ice cream and frozen desserts to help consumers enjoy America's favorite treat to the fullest. Here are some tips on how to keep ice cream in its most delectable form:
Divide ice cream into 6 equal amounts and spread into an 8x8 square on plastic wrap. Sprinkle 2 Tbsp. cookie crumbs down center of ice cream. Roll up ice cream to form log shape. Freeze 1/2 hour. Pull back from plastic wrap and sprinkle each log with pecan pieces. Rewrap in plastic and freeze for two hours or overnight. Remove plastic wrap and place on serving dish. Drizzle with topping. Garnish with whipped cream and cherries. Option: one large roll can be made in lieu of 6 small rolls.
Spoon 1/3 cup apple crisp on each serving dish. Place a scoop of ice cream on crisp. Drizzle with caramel topping. Top with whipped cream and a cherry.
Place toasted waffle on serving dish. Scoop ice cream onto center of toasted waffle. Insert cookie halves at an angle into ice cream. Top with chocolate topping, sprinkles and whipped cream. Garnish with cherry.
For more information, contact:
Nancy A. Freeman, County Director Harrison County Extension Service