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Interesting facts about Ice Cream

   July was designated by President Ronald Reagan as National Ice Cream Month.Celebrate the eating of ice cream throughout the month as a fun and nutritious food.

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Did You Know?

  •  About 3,000 years ago in China, some historians believe people mixed, snow, milk and rice together.
  • The first frozen dessert is credited to Emperor Nero of Rome.
  • In 1700 Governor Bladen of Maryland served ice cream to his guests.
  • The first ice cream parlor (shop) in America opened in New York City in 1776.
  • Dolly Madison served ice cream as a dessert in the White House at the second inaugural ball in 1812.
  • In 1800's, Nancy Johnson of New Jersey invented the hand-cranked ice-cream maker.
  • Throughout the 1800's, people held ice cream socials (parties) to entertain friends.
  • Italo Marchiony patented his waffle cups in 1903, but some historians believe that the waffle ice-cream cones were first used in 1904 at the St. Louis World's Fair.
  • The most popular ice-cream flavor in the United States is vanilla, chocolate is second.
  • People in the United States eat more ice cream than people in any other country.
  • In 1920, Harry Burt invented a chocolate-coated ice cream bar on a wooden stick (popsicle stick). He named it the Good Humor Bar.
  • Ice Cream Sundays were first served as a special treat on Sundays. The spelling was changed to Ice Cream Sundaes when people started eating ice cream on different days of the week.

Fun and easy ice-cream concoction:zipper bag ice cream Shake & Make Ice Cream
What you will need:
2 tbsp. sugar
1 cup half-and-half
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
6 tbsp. rock salt
1 pint-size plastic sealable bag
1 gallon-size plastic sealable bag
Crushed ice

How to mix ingredients:

  1. Combine the sugar, half-and-half and vanilla in pint-size bag and seal.
  2. Fill the gallon-size bag 1/2 full with crushed ice and add the salt.
  3. Place the sealed, pint-size bag into the larger bag and seal.
  4. Shake the gallon-size bag for 5 to 7 minutes or until the ice cream hardens.
  5. Open the small zip lock bag and enjoy!
  6. You can be creative and add other ingredients to this recipe.

Suggested Readings:
What Can You Do With a Paleta? by Carmen Tafolla
Ice Cream for Breakfast by Erica Farber
Ice Cream Cones for Sale! by Elaine Greenstein
Wemberly's Ice Cream Star by Kevin Henkes
From Cow to Ice Cream by Bertram Knight
Simply Delicious! by Margaret Mahy
Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems
Curious George and the Ice Cream Surprise by Monica Perez