National Soft Ice Cream Day | August 19
(Last Updated On: November 8, 2022)


National Soft Ice Cream Day on August 19th gives us a tasty way to cool off on a hot summer day. Whether you enjoy it in a bowl or on a cone, grab some soft serve and enjoy!


Melting Ice Cream

In 1934 on Memorial Day weekend in Hartsdale, New York, Tom Carvel had a flat tire. After pulling his ice cream truck into a parking lot, the businessman knew his product was melting. As vacationers drove by, Carvel sold the softened ice cream to them. Surprisingly, they loved the soft ice cream! The potential for a new dessert was not lost on the salesman. Instead of a roving ice cream truck, Carvel could have a fixed location with soft ice cream.

Two years later, Tom Carvel opened his first ice cream store on the site where his truck broke down. In the preceding years, Carvel patented a super low-temperature ice cream machine and created a secret formula ice cream.

It wasn’t long before other businesses began to crop up. The hard ice cream industry began to object. Despite both products providing similar flavors, servings, and enjoyment, they were different. Hard ice cream business did suffer a reduction in revenue during the first years of soft ice cream’s popularity. Even the Minnesota legislature passed laws prohibiting the sale (technically by law it was considered to be ice milk) of soft-serve ice cream from a machine. It had to be sold pre-packaged. The law was later changed. (Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 19 Aug 1951)

Soft vs. Hard Ice Creams

How different are soft and hard ice creams? While they are made with the same ingredients, soft ice cream has less milk fat. It also has more air than hard ice cream. Both of these factors contribute to the ice cream being more delicate and smoother. The milk fats in the hard ice cream cause it to be firmer when frozen.

Another difference is the temperatures the ice creams are kept frozen. Soft ice cream machines keep a temperature of -6°C. However, hard ice cream is kept at a temperature of -12°C. While that might not seem like a big difference, the evidence is in the ice creams.


There are many ways to enjoy soft ice cream. Order a dipped cone or have a sundae. Soft ice cream comes in a variety of flavors. One that seems to taste better as soft serve is chocolate mint. However, that may just be an opinion. Go out for some soft ice cream and use #NationalSoftIceCreamDay to post on social media.


We were unable to find the creator of National Soft Ice Cream Day.

Ice Cream FAQ

Q. How many ice cream holidays are on the calendar?
A. As of 2021, there are 20 ice cream days on the calendar including National Frozen Yogurt Day and National Frozen Custard Day. Most of them land in July which is also National Ice Cream Month.

Q. What are the main ingredients in ice cream?
A. Ice cream’s main ingredients include milk, cream, sugar, and eggs. However, many commercial ice creams use a variety of additional ingredients to enhance flavor and improve creaminess. Those ingredients may include corn syrup, natural and artificial flavors, glycerides (a type of fat), guar or xanthan gum to name a few.

Q. Is homemade ice cream healthier than store-bought?
A. It can be. When it comes to making your own ice cream, you can control the ingredients, including the amount of sugar, fat, and type of dairy used. For those who cannot have dairy, many recipes substitute nut milk for cow’s milk.

Q. Is ice cream unhealthy?
A. Like any dessert, eating ice cream in moderation is not unhealthy. Limiting serving sizes and eating it as an occasional treat should not impact your health. There are also healthier options available such as low-fat, low-calorie options.


August 19th Celebrated History


At a joint session of the Académie des Sciences and the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Louis Daguerre reveals the process for his photographic process.


Gail Borden patents his process for making condensed milk – patent no. 15,553.


James Tyndall completes the first ascent of the Weisshorn – the 5th highest peak in the Alps.


Paul Boynton and George Fearn compete in an international swimming race. The race required Boynton to swim 12 miles and Fearn to swim 10. Boynton wins due to Fearn suffering cramps.


Dmitri Mendeleev (founder of the modern-day periodic table) makes a solo ascent by balloon for the sheer purpose of observing a solar eclipse.


The Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosts its first race. While several records were broken, two men (one driver and one mechanic) were killed during the 250-mile race.


Clarence Crane registers the Life Savers trademark for the first time.


William B. Ward registers the trademark for Hostess.


The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) begins airing Saturday morning television shows for children – and none of them were cartoons either. The two featured shows were Animal Clinic and Acrobat Ranch.


The Smithsonian Museum of American History puts Julia Child’s kitchen on display.


Carly Patterson wins the all-around gold medal in gymnastics at the Olympic Games in Athens, becoming the second American to do so. The first? Mary Lou Retton. However, since Retton won her all-round under a boycotted Olympics, Patterson’s gold is the first at a non-boycotted Olympics.


Lady Gaga releases her first album – The Fame.


At the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, a six-way tie for first in the equestrian individual jumping competition leads to a jump-off to name the winner.

August 19th Celebrated Birthdays

Seth Thomas – 1785

Thomas pioneered the mass production of clocks.

Charles Hires – 1851

The Philadelphia pharmacist developed a drink he called root beer.

Charles Comiskey – 1859

Beginning his professional baseball career as first baseman for the St. Louis Brown Stockings, Comiskey would go on to be a founding owner of the Chicago White Sox.

Orville Wright – 1871

As a Dayton, Ohio native, Wright, along with his brother Wilbur, would be the first to successfully fly a motor-powered plane.

Gabrielle Coco Chanel – 1883

Founder of the Chanel brand, the French fashion designer’s line of products lives on.

Ogden Nash -1902

Nash’s light-hearted poetry brought a particular style of humor to the poetry world. He also worked at the publishing house Doubleday and on the staff of the New Yorker. Some examples of Nash’s twists of phrase include:


Celery, raw
Develops the jaw,
But celery, stewed
Is more quietly chewed.

Reflection on Babies

A bit of talcum
Is always walcum.

Reflections on Ice-Breaking

Is Dandy
But liquor
Is quicker.

Saint Alphonsa – 1910

Born Annakkutty in present-day Kerala, India, she would become a religious teacher at Vakakkad. She died at the convent of the Franciscan Clarists at Bharananganam in 1946. In 1986, Pope John Paull II proclaimed her St. Alphonsa, the first saint of Indian origin.

Rose Heilbron – 1914

As an attorney and barrister, Heilbron became the first woman appointed to the Kings Counsel. She broke several other barriers as well, one such first was as a woman judge in 1972.

Ring Lardner, Jr. – 1915

As a journalist and screenwriter, Lardner won two Oscars. The first was for the 1943 film Woman of the Year and the second was for the 1970 film MASH.

Malcolm Forbes – 1919

The businessman and editor took over the publication of Forbes in 1954 after the death of his father, B.C. Forbes.

Edgar Frank Codd – 1923

As a pioneering programmer for IBM, Cobb developed several methods and processes for data processing.

Bill Shoemaker – 1931

One of the best-known jockeys in racing history, Shoemaker was the winningest jockey of his time.

Bettina Cirone – 1933

The one-time fashion model became a photographer in her own right.

Charles Wang – 1944

The entrepreneur is co-founder and CEO of the multibillion-dollar software company Computer Associates International.

Bill Clinton – 1946

Clinton served two terms as the 42nd President of the United States.

Gary Gaetti – 1958

The professional baseball player, Gary Gaetti, played third base for several MLB teams including the Minnesota Twins, St. Louis Cardinals, and Boston Red Sox.

John Stamos – 1963

The actor is best known for his roles in television sitcoms including Full House, Fuller House and Grandfathered.

Lee Ann Womack – 1966

The country music singer is best known for her hit song “I Hope You Dance” for which she earned an Academy of Country Music Award for single record of the year in 2001.

Chynna Clugston – 1975

The comic book creator is known for her works Blue Monday and Queen Bee.

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