If you look hard enough, there is a holiday for just about anything. Many of our favorite foods and beverages are celebrated, but ice cream and frozen desserts have a number of special events. Grab a cone or sundae and celebrate one of these frozen dessert holidays.
National Ice Cream Month
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared the month of July to be National Ice Cream Month. In the proclamation, he declared that “Ice cream is a nutritious and wholesome food, enjoyed by over ninety percent of the people in the United States.
It enjoys a reputation as the perfect dessert and snack food.” Although it tends to have more sugar than most people would consider nutritious, it’s hard to argue that it’s a perfect dessert!
You can read the full text of Proclamation 5219 online. Although the President only mentioned July, 1984, in the proclamation, this holiday has been celebrated regularly since then. After all, who wouldn’t want to celebrate ice cream for an entire month?
National Ice Cream Day
In addition to declaring an entire month to celebrate the sweet treat, President Reagan also declared the third Sunday in July to be National Ice Cream Day. If you don’t want to eat ice cream all month long, at least make one day something special. It’s a great time to try a new ice cream recipe.
More Frozen Dessert Holidays
In the search for ice cream and dessert holidays, you will find many that are unofficial. They were often started by the dairy industry or as a local tradition that began to spread. But, just because these aren’t all official holidays doesn’t mean they aren’t a perfect way to celebrate.
- National Frozen Food Day (March 6) – President Reagan appears on the list again with this holiday. Congress requested the day by a Senate Joint Resolution. Although it doesn’t just refer to ice cream, where would the frozen treat be without home freezers?
- Rocky Road day (June 2) – Marshmallow and walnuts in chocolate ice cream make the traditional rocky road ice cream that we all know and love. This could also be referring to the candy, but why not give some ice cream a chance?
- Chocolate Ice Cream Day (June 6) – One of the most popular flavors of all time, there is a lot to be said in favor of some good chocolate ice cream. An easy chocolate ice cream recipe will give you fresh ice cream all summer long.
- Ice Cream Soda Day (June 20) – Root beer floats aren’t the only kind of ice cream sodas you can make. Combine any of your favorite sodas and ice creams for unique combinations. Fruit flavored sodas can be particularly tasty with a big scoop of vanilla.
- Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day (July 1) – While strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla are classic flavors for a reason, there is an entire world of ice cream out there. Use this holiday (and the kick off to National Ice Cream Month) as an excuse to try a unique ice cream flavor that you haven’t had before.
- Ice Cream Sandwich Day (August 2) – You’ll notice that most of the holidays on this list fall from June through September. These prime ice cream months are a perfect time for the Northern Hemisphere to enjoy tasty treats, since the weather is cooperative.
- Chocolate Milkshake Day (September 12) – Milkshakes might be one of the easiest frozen desserts to make at home, and yet most people never try. Did you know you can make a chocolate banana milkshake with just three ingredients and a blender?
If none of these holidays is quite right, start your own family tradition and make up a holiday just for you. What about an ice cream sundae party on the third Sunday of every month? Think about the possibilities.