Today: National Ice Cream Day couldn’t have come at a better time
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ST. LOUIS, July 19, 2020 /MateFit/ -- But like many other recent food holidays including National Fry Day and Tax Day, the coronavirus pandemic has changed the day’s deals and there are fewer freebies.
According to NationalToday.com’s 2019 ice cream day survey, 30% of the 2,000 people surveyed would eat ice cream with every meal if they could.
The day became an official food holiday in 1984, when President Ronald Reagan declared the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day and the month of July as National Ice Cream Month. Reagan’s proclamation noted the ice cream industry generated $3.5 billion in annual sales.
Freebies and discounts
7-Eleven: Free Slurpee Day aka 7-Eleven Day 2020 was canceled due to COVID-19, but members of the 7Rewards loyalty program can still get a free medium Slurpee through July 31 at participating locations. Learn more about the offer, which has a limit of one per account, at 7-eleven.com/7rewards.
Burger King: Find several offers on the BK app including two Oreo cookie shakes for $5. Learn more at bk.com/offers.
Cold Stone Creamery: Through July 23, get a buy-one-get-one free Creation when you purchase a Creation online with a promo code. To get this deal, place an order online, log into your My Cold Stone Club Rewards account at check out and enter the code ICECREAM. Sign up to be a member at coldstonecreamery.com/mycsc.
Cumberland Farms: Text the word SCOOPS to 64827 to receive $1 off any pint of Ultimate Scoops Sunday through Tuesday. Existing members of the text database will automatically receive the coupon Sunday. cumberlandfarms.com
Dairy Queen: Get a $1 off Dipped Cones Sunday through the chain’s mobile app Sunday. The deal excludes kids cones. dairyqueen.com
DoorDash: The on-demand delivery company has several deals at convenience retailers through Sunday with code ICECREAM5OFF. Participating retailers include: CVS, Walgreens, 7-Eleven and Speedway.
Friendly’s: In celebration of its 85th birthday and National Ice Cream Day, Friendly’s is offering 85 cent cones Sunday to members of its BFF club. Sign up for the club at friendlysrestaurants.com.
Good Humor: In honor of Good Humor’s 100th anniversary this year, the brand says it released limited edition anniversary packaging for its Strawberry Shortcake Frozen Dessert Bars. Each package features a coupon valued at $2 that can be redeemed on any one Good Humor six-count or four-count product.
Insomnia Cookies: Get a buy-one-get-one free deal on the chain’s new Monster’wiches on Sunday. The company said in a tweet that its Cookie’wich is buy-one-get-one free Saturday and Sunday. insomniacookies.com
McDonald’s: Find deals on McDonald’s app. Also, each Friday through Sept. 27, get a free medium fries each Friday on mobile orders with a minimum $1 purchase when using an app offer. mcdonalds.com
Wendy’s: The fast food chain has various deals on its app and website. Download the app at wendys.com.
Whole Foods Market: Amazon Prime members get 35% off all ice cream and frozen treats through Tuesday at Whole Foods. Also look for rebates on the Ibotta app from Bubbies for its mochi ice cream and other brands.
More deals: Locally-owned businesses and regional chains also may have specials for National Ice Cream Day. One of the easiest ways to find out is to check restaurants’ social media channels.
Among the Worcester-area favorites: Cool Licks Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt; Gibson Dairy; WooBerry Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt; Madulka’s Ice Cream; Meola’s Wayside Ice Cream; Christopher’s Homemade Ice Cream; Berry Fusion Frozen Yogurt; Coco’s Tropical Ice; West End Creamery; Uhlman’s; Pinecroft Dairy; New City Microcreamery; Hollis Hills Farm; and Pirate’s Cove.
I scream, you scream — well, you know the rest.
Americans will have an excuse Sunday to dig into their favorite flavors as the country celebrates National Ice Cream Day.
We’ve got the scoop on all your biggest questions.
Where did ice cream come from?
Our love for ice cream goes way, way back. Thousands of years ago, people around the world figured out that cold + sweet = a delicious combo.
Records show that some of history’s most famous leaders enjoyed cold treats, from Roman Emperor Nero to Alexander the Great. Even King Solomon was fond of “a snow-cooled drink at harvest time,” according to some Bible translations.
Historians believe the ancient Chinese were the first to develop a cool, creamy treat that resembles what we enjoy today. In the 1500s, ice cream started to spread through Europe, though at first only aristocrats could afford it.
No one knows for sure when ice cream made its way to the US, but at least a few Founding Fathers were fans.
Thomas Jefferson wrote down 18-step instructions, the first known ice cream recipe recorded by an American. And George Washington reportedly dished out $200 in a single summer to get his frosty fix. In today’s dollars, that’s a lot of money.
Did Prohibition really boost ice cream sales?
It’s true. When Prohibition banned alcohol sales, Americans turned to ice cream as a fun alternative.
The timing couldn’t have been more perfect, as new technologies made it easier than ever to manufacture and cool ice cream — and send its popularity soaring.
Frosty ice cream was enjoyed by all types of people throughout the country. In fact, it was served to new immigrants on Ellis Island and even US soldiers during World War II.
When did the US create National Ice Cream Day?
Thanks to President Ronald Reagan, National Ice Cream Day is legit.
In 1984, he signed a proclamation that declared July to be National Ice Cream Month. The third Sunday of that month, which this year falls on July 21, became officially known as National Ice Cream Day.
The proclamation — No. 5219, to be exact — describes “a nutritious and wholesome food, enjoyed by over 90 percent of the people in the United States.”
Although we can’t vouch for his stats, it does sound pretty accurate. Right?
How much ice cream do Americans consume?
Today, the average American consumes more than 20 pounds of ice cream each year, according to the International Dairy Foods Association.
If you think that’s a lot, multiply it by 329 million Americans.
What’s the most popular flavor of ice cream in the US?
From Neapolitan to chocolate chip cookie dough, there’s no shortage of flavors.
That’s not all. You can also get it nitrogen-blasted, hand-rolled, or charcoal-infused.
Ice cream can even be made without the help of cows. Biotech company Perfect Day debuted a lab-grown dairy ice cream that uses genetic engineering to recreate the proteins usually found in cow’s milk.
Still, the top flavor in the US? Plain old vanilla, according to the International Dairy Foods Association.
So, this weekend, don’t think of your sweet tooth as a guilty pleasure, but as a patriotic duty.