Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month?! In honor of this month here are some ice cream and other dairy related Fun Facts!
We all scream for ice cream!
- In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”
- Vanilla is the number one flavor.
- Most of the vanilla that is used to make ice cream comes from Madagascar and Indonesia
- California produces the most ice cream in America.
- It takes about 50 licks to finish a single scoop of ice cream.
- “Brain Freeze” occurs when ice cream touches the roof of your mouth.
- Ice cream is a frozen blend of a sweetened cream mixture and air, with added flavorings. It must contain at least 10% milk fat, 20% total milk solids, and may contain safe and suitable sweeteners, emulsifiers and stabilizers, and other flavoring materials.Fun
- A cow gives enough milk to make approximately 2 gallons of ice cream per day. That’s 730 gallons per year!
- It takes 3 gallons of milk to make 1 gallon of ice cream.
- Almost 9% of all milk produced in the U.S is used to make ice cream.
- In NYS milk is the leading agricultural product, and NYS is the 3rd largest milk producing state (~12.4 billion lbs. of milk per year).
- In NYS: There are ~5,600 dairy farms, ~625,000 dairy cows, and 113 dairy processing plants.
Don’t forget to keep an eye out this month (especially around National Ice Cream Day) for special deals on this sweet treat. You also have the option to make it at home, which is a fun activity to do with the kids or grandkids. Follow this link for the recipe on how to make ice cream with a freezer bag and a few simple ingredients: http://www.pbs.org/parents/kitchenexplorers/2014/07/15/super-simple-ice-cream-recipe/