Grab a spoon and go ahead and splurge. Sunday is National Ice Cream Day.
So why is ice cream such a big deal? Here are some facts about one of America’s favorite desserts, provided by the International Dairy Foods Association:
- About 1.5 billion gallons of ice cream is produced each year.
- Nine percent of milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream
- July is actually National Ice Cream Month, as designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1984.
- The third Sunday of July is National Ice Cream Day.
Here are three local spots to celebrate your Sunday with a sundae:
- Where: 32232 Dyer St. at Union Landing
- Why: There’s always a flavor for everyone at Baskin Robins. Pick among 31 flavors, including classic favorites like strawberry and mint chocolate or try a new flavor like Jamoca Oreo, or the hero-inspired flavor of the month: Super-Soldier Swirl.
- Where: 30985 Courthouse Dr. at Union Landing
- Why: Watch the flavors come together at Coldstone. Pick among basic ice creams and have them mix in different fruits and candies.
Thrifty Ice Cream at Rite-Aid
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- Why: Don't underestimate the quality, or the odd cylindrical shape, of the ice cream served inside the local drug store. Thrifty Ice Cream, an American classic dating back to 1919, offers time-tested favorites that rival most popular chains.