What’s July 17th?

It’s National Ice Cream Day – and I will be totally in on this celebration because I love ice cream!

People are picky about their ice cream. Some like pure ice cream, without chips or cookies, no candy or fudge swirls. Nothing but the cream. Others like lots of ‘goo’ as I say – fill it up raspberry truffle chips, heath bars, snickers and cookie dough. That’s me! I’m the latter. I may as well ask for a candy bar with some cream on the side.

Today, anyone can enjoy a frozen dessert. There is no sugar added ice cream for those with diabetes or managing their sugar intake in some way. There is dairy free and plant-based ice cream for those who can’t tolerate lactose or don’t eat anything made from animals.  Anyone can enjoy a trip to the local ice cream stand or supermarket and get something made just for them.

Now, the question is, cup or cone? Do you mind the ice cream melting at record speed on a hot and humid day, dripping onto your fingers, leaving a sticky mess? Or do you prefer a dish, no rush to eat it and no mess to be had? You can take your time, savor each spoonful and not deal with hoping the scoop doesn’t fall from the cone to ground. Something tells me you now know what my preference is – with chocolate sprinkles, please.

On the subject of sprinkles, if you’re from Boston you most likely call them ‘jimmies’. And most likely you know that ‘jimmies’ are credited to the Boston-based ice cream company Brigham’s, circa 1914. According to Karen Cord Taylor in a 2020 Yankee Magazine article, Bostonians consume more ice cream per person than any other city in the world – with or without ‘jimmies’. As a Bostonian who grew up with Brigham’s being a household name, I would not dispute that claim.

Oh, ice cream. No matter how you like it, you love it.

What’s your favorite flavor? Let us know! And be sure to treat yourself to a cone, a cup or a pint this Sunday, July 17th!

Wishing you a happy National Ice Cream Day – and a wonderful Sunday.