In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90 percent of the nation’s population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”
The International Ice Cream Association (IICA) encourages retailers and consumers to celebrate July as National Ice Cream Month. In 2013, National Ice Cream Day will be Sunday, July 21.
The U.S. ice cream industry generated total revenues of $10 billion in 2010, with take-home ice cream sales representing the largest section of the market, generating revenues of $6.8 billion or 67.7 percent of the market’s overall value. (Source: MarketLine, an Informa business)
About 9 percent of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream, contributing significantly to the economic well-being of the nation’s dairy industry.
Founded in 1900, IICA is the trade association for manufacturers and distributors of ice cream and other frozen dessert products. The association’s activities range from legislative and regulatory advocacy to market research, education and training. Its 80 member companies manufacture and distribute an estimated 85% of the ice cream and frozen dessert products consumed in the United States. IICA is a constituent organization of IDFA.
by Janet Tharpe
Ice cream churns sweet summer Memories
From hand-cranked ice cream in the backyard to hot fudge sundaes at the drive-in, it’s hard to imagine a food memory that says ‘summer’ more than ice cream. Growing up it was the queen of all treats to get served up a scoop. Strawberry was always tops for me. And to this day, every time I have ice cream I’m transported back to times of flower picking, bike rides and hanging clothes on the line with my mom. (While wearing my favorite sundress, of course!)
These days, on www.justapinch.com, Pat Morris of Augusta, GA is making homemade ice cream a heck of a lot easier to share with your family all summer long. Her recipe for Lemon Ice Cream is like creamy, dreamy sunshine in a bowl. “This is a delicious and easy ice cream which does not require an ice cream maker,” says Pat who has been making the recipe for nearly 40 years. “I love to put a scoop of this lemon ice cream on top of a warm piece of blackberry cobbler or pie – the flavors meld so well.” The secret to the recipe is in the blender! Instead of combining the ingredients in an ice cream maker, combine your cream, sugar, fresh lemon juice, and coloring into a blender. Give the mixture a few whirls, then freeze for several hours. You’ll be amazed at how smooth the ice cream comes out without a bit of churning! Serve with your favorite dessert, or top with fresh fruit or herbs like mint or basil. (Oh, and sugar substitute works great in this recipe as well!)
Another summer favorite is also getting a Just A Pinch spin: ice cream cake! Cathi Smith’s Oreo and Fudge Ice Cream Cake is a wonderful way to get that fresh-from-the-ice-creamshop flavor without all the expense. “This tastes just like a DQ cake,” says Cathi. “The kids love it!!!” And it didn’t take us long to figure out why! Made from layers of ice cream sandwiches, fudge topping, crushed cookies and whipped topping, this is truly a treat for kids of all ages. “You might want to go ahead and make more than one,” prompts Cathi. “[The cake] was gone in a flash!”
Sorbet is the secret to one of Linda Griffith’s favorite frozen treats. Her recipe for Frozen Raspberry Layer Cake combines the richness of poundcake and vanilla ice cream with the lightness of fresh raspberries, sorbet, and Chambord… a luscious raspberry flavored liqueur. This one was truly made for a patio. “It’s a very refreshing cake, especially for the lazy days of summer,” says Linda. “Simple but time consuming, the end result is well worth the effort.” We couldn’t agree more. This pretty, pink layered cake makes quite an impact on all the senses.
Care for an after dinner drink? Lynda Hayes of Port Saint Lucie, FL has just what you ordered! Full of creamy vanilla ice cream and the flavors of banana and chocolate liqueurs, her Dirty Banana Cocktail is like a drinkable banana split for grown-ups! “Back in the 70’s everyone played cards on Saturday night when I was growing up,” explains Lynda. “There were always great drinks to go along with the card game [and] this is one of them. My mom used to make it (40 yrs ago) and now I do. I don’t know what they called it, but it’s sweet, smooth, creamy and delicious! Be careful… you’ll want to drink it all in one sip!”
Ice cream is one of those simple gifts that I just cannot imagine summer without. It’s as fun to juggle a melting cone now at my age as it was years ago as a child… In fact, I think the clock winds back a bit with every lick. Here’s to a crazy, lazy, creamy, dreamy summer for us all!
added by CATHI SMITH
Tastes like DQ cake… Kids loved it!! Might wanna make more than one!! Was gone in a flash!
Cook time: 4 Hr 10 Min Prep time: 10 Min Serves: 12 SERVINGS
1/2 c fudge ice cream topping warmed
8 oz tub cool whip topping; thawed and divided
1 pkg ( 4 serving size ) chocolate flavored instant pudding / pie filling mix
8 oreo cookies
12 vanilla ice cream sandwiches
1. Pour the fudge topping into a medium bowl. Stir in 1 c of the whipped topping with wire whisk until well blended. Add dry pudding mix, stir 2 min or until well blended. The consistency of the fudge topping can vary depending on what brand you by. If it is too thick to spread easily, stir in 1/4 c milk.
2. Chop cookies into pieces, stir into pudding mixture. Arrange 4 of the ice cream sandwiches side by side on a 24×12 piece of foil, top with half of pudding mixture, repeat layers top the pudding mixture with the remaing 4 ice cream sandwiches. The layers create a neat striped effect when clied. Frost the top and sides with remaining whipped topping. It doesn’t have to look perfect or pretty. Bring up the goil sides. Double fold top and ends to loosely seal the packet. Freeze at least 4 hours before serving. Let stand at room temperature to soften slightly before serving. Store leftover dessert in the freezer.
Makes 12 servings.
added by Pat Morris
This is a delicious and easy ice cream, which does not require an ice cream maker. I love to put a scoop of this lemon ice cream on top of a warm piece of blackberry cobbler or pie – the flavors meld so well. I have been making this for 38 years, since I got the recipe from a cookbook that a school where I worked put together. One of the teachers, Mrs. Barksdale, submitted this refreshing recipe.
Prep time: 5 Min Serves: Makes 1 Pint (can double recipe)
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 c granulated sugar (you can use splenda)
1 pt half and half
2 tsp grated lemon zest
2 dash(es) (2 drops) yellow food coloring (optional)
1. Blend well all of the above ingredients.
2. Pour into a cake pan, glass loaf pan -or ice tray without the removable inserts.
3. Freeze for 3 hours in freezer or freezing compartment of refrigerator. It is not necessary to stir, as it freezes smooth. No cooking -let the freezer do the work; no ice cream maker needed. Enjoy. Delicious and refreshing on top of a warm slice of Blackberry (or Blueberry) Cobbler.