NATIONAL VANILLA ICE CREAM DAY
National Vanilla Ice Cream Day is observed annually on July 23rd. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM!! As part of National Ice Cream Monthy, National Vanilla Ice Cream Day honors one of the most popular ice cream flavors.
In North America, the most common use of vanilla flavoring is for ice cream, and many people consider vanilla to be the ‘default’ flavor.
Like with cherry trees and Washington, it seems some stretching of the truth applied to Thomas Jefferson. Our third president’s love of vanilla ice cream, most likely discovered during his time in France, lead to a belief that he brought the recipe to the United States. However, evidence exists supporting colonists made ice cream before Jefferson’s recipe surfaced.
By the time he was elected President, Jefferson’s fondness for the frozen dessert had become evident. According to Monticello.org, visitors reported being served the ice cream several times during his presidency. Jefferson produced a handwritten copy of a vanilla ice cream recipe in the 1780s. The Library of Congress houses the original Jefferson recipe. For more ice cream history, travel to Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota and ask for a scoop of the exact recipe.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Make your own with this homemade vanilla ice cream recipe! Then try your homemade vanilla ice cream on some Strawberry Rhubarb Pie for a real treat! Post a photo on social media using #VanillaIceCreamDay to encourage others to do the same.
We were unable to identify the origin of National Vanilla Ice Cream Day.
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