The music of an ice cream truck has a distinctly summer sound, even here in California where it’s often heard more frequently. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. Who can get to July, without having a cone outside in the hot sun?
In 1984, President Reagan celebrated his, and America’s love of ice cream, by designating July National Ice Cream Month, and the 3rd Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day. This Ice Cream day, celebrate by reading a little about ice cream’s history, and maybe looking at a few recipes you can make at home.
As long as there have been people, and ice, there’s been frozen desserts. The earliest known recorded “ice cream” was more like a snow cone or Hawaiian shave ice:
In the Persian Empire, people would pour grape-juice concentrate over snow, in a bowl, and eat this as a treat, especially when the weather was hot. Snow would either be saved in the cool-keeping underground chambers known as “yakhchal”, or taken from snowfall […]. In 400 BC, the Persians went further and invented a special chilled food, made of rose water and vermicelli, which was served to royalty during summers. The ice was mixed with saffron, fruits, and various other flavors. Via
China was perhaps the first place to experiment with milk in frozen treats, sherbet, in approximately 200 BC, but the Middle East, and Arabia in particular, was the first to create ice cream in the 10th Century. They used a traditional milk and sugar recipe, often combined with yogurt, and flavored with rose water. Marco Polo experienced these sugary delights, and brought them back for Europe to discover.
The dessert only evolved from there: fruit sorbets were made in France, and ice cream arrived (invented independently) in Britain in the 16th Century.
Ice cream churns, and old-fashioned ice cream finally made it to American bowls in the 1800s. The Ice Cream Sundae was invented in the late 1890s. More info.
For those who REALLY love ice cream, Baskin Robbins is having a special Ice Cream Day promotion!
To help celebrate National Ice Cream Day, Baskin-Robbins is holding a Twitter sweepstakes on Sunday, July 15, to give ice cream lovers a chance to win $260 in Baskin-Robbins gift cards, enough to keep the ice cream scoops flowing for a year. On that day, followers of @BaskinRobbins who Tweet their favorite Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavor using the special hashtag #BRflavors will be entered for the chance to win. For official rules and additional details about the sweepstakes, visit BaskinRobbins.com or follow @BaskinRobbins on Twitter this Sunday. Read more here.
Great Ice Cream Recipe Blogs
Also, check out some ice cream shoppes in Corona!
Dairy Queen [MAP]
750 S Lincoln Ave #102
Baskin Robbins [MAP]
1206 Magnolia Avenue #106b
Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt [MAP]
469 Magnolia Ave # 109
2150 California Ave # 105,