July marks National Ice Cream Month, but is it officially a thing? Well, let us explain. The title came about 33 years ago when President Ronald Reagan issued this proclamation: “Ice cream is a nutritious and wholesome food, enjoyed by over 90 percent of the people in the United States. It enjoys a reputation as the perfect dessert and snack food.” Citing the economic benefit of ice cream for the U.S. dairy industry, President Reagan then declared July 1984 as National Ice Cream Month and Sunday, July 15, 1984, as National Ice Cream Day.
In the years that followed, no further proclamations were issued. But many Americans have continued to observe July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day.
Historians believe America's love for ice cream dates back to our Founding Fathers. According to an NPR interview with author and journalist Amy Ettinger, President George Washington started the craze after being introduced to the frozen dessert around 1770. He later served the treat to guests at Mount Vernon.
Over the years, makers of this sweet frozen dessert have tweaked their recipes, with some changing the texture and others trying to make it healthier. Flavors have also evolved, but some oldies are still goodies. Tell us which of these top six you like the most in our AARP poll.
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