Friday, July 18, 2008

National Ice Cream Month!

I used to knock Summer for being too hot, but it seems that each and every year brings me more of a sense of appreciation for this great time of year. Love is in the air, festivals and fairs are all about and people from all walks of life flock to the beaches and their backyards to enjoy the company of their closest along with burnt hot dogs and ketchup-spattered burgers. Summer really is a wonderful time of year. With all that being said, here's another reason to love summer: July is National Ice Cream Month.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan made one of his best contributions to our country by declaring the entire month of July National Ice Cream Month and every third Sunday of said month National Ice Cream Day (which, by the way, is this upcoming Sunday). This sugary dish, which at one point in its history was considered a luxury item, reserved only for the elites, was recognized to be favored by 90% of our country's population and has proven itself a staple in our society. Reagan was remarked for urging all Americans to observe this month with "appropriate ceremonies and activities."

In honor of that glorious dish we call ice cream, the following is an easy to understand video on how to make your own vanilla ice cream. Try it out. Once you get the basics down, experiment and see what you can come up with. Don't have an ice cream maker? Not a problem, you can churn the ice cream yourself by tossing your concoction into an empty coffee can and then throwing that can into a larger coffee can filled with ice and rock salt. Rolling this thing around, in addition to playing football with it, will churn the mixture and freeze it at the same time. In twenty minutes you should have a can full of deliciousness. Thanks chemistry!

Enjoy summer and enjoy ice cream.



More info can be found here: Ice Cream

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