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You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream

Staff Report • Jul 16, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Every month gets designated as something or another month. February is Black History Month. June is Hunger Awareness Month. September is National Cholesterol Awareness Month.

There’s a month for just about everything under the sun. Did you know that January is National Hot Tea Month, or that October is when we celebrate National Pretzel Month?

July is no exception. This is a month that we pay homage to pickles, hot dogs and baked beans. That seems appropriate since this is National Picnic Month.

This is also National Ice Cream Month, and that’s something most Americans can all cheer about. Unless you are lactose intolerant, or just plain can’t stand frozen desserts, indeed we do “all scream for ice cream.”

It is as versatile as it is tasty. No hot apple pie is complete without a scoop of vanilla ice cream. And no respectable Southern hostess would end a summer dinner party without treating her guests to a sampling of homemade peach and toasted pecan ice cream.

There are so many ice cream flavors to enjoy and in so many ways: as milkshakes, sundaes or scooped into waffle cones.

It’s no wonder America has had a long and passionate love affair with ice cream. The frozen dish was introduced to the colonies by the first settlers of New York and was soon a favorite of many of the founders of this country, including Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin.

There may be a lot that divides us as a country, but polls say at least 90 percent of Americans agree on one thing: We like ice cream. So on Sunday we should all celebrate National Ice Cream Day by raising our spoons in appreciation of this frozen delight.

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