“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!” and if it’s January 15, make mine a strawberry!
If you love strawberry ice cream, come January 15 you can consider it your civic duty to indulge in a scoop of pink strawberry lusciousness because that’s the day designated National Strawberry Ice Cream Day. As if we needed an excuse!
Everyone has a favorite ice cream flavor, but strawberry is king for so many reasons. Who doesn’t love biting into a ripe, red, juicy strawberry on a hot summer day? But if you take a few dozen of these delicious nuggets, envelope those with layer upon layer of frozen cream and sugar, you have a sweet treat that’s twice as nice!
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Because of ice cream’s delicate, fragile nature, you might be surprised to learn that frozen fruit ices and treats have been around for several thousands of years. Chinese hosts served their guests a precursor to today’s version of ice cream as far back as 3000 BC.
Strawberries are a member of the rose family and back then our ancestors used the red fruit for its medicinal qualities. Do you think they’d be sad to discover all that they missed out on when we elevated their “medicine” to a whole new level of dreamy, creamy goodness?
In more recent times, historians have given Dolly Madison credit for the creation of strawberry ice cream. That’s because that flavor of ice treat was served at the second inauguration of her husband, President James Madison.
And have you ever bought a carton of Neapolitan ice cream and wondered why vanilla, chocolate and strawberry are the three flavors inside? That’s because those three flavors, in order, are the most popular!
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Now that you know January 15 is National Strawberry Ice Cream Day, how will you celebrate? What are you waiting for? Get out there and scream for some (strawberry!) ice cream!
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