Do you love ice cream? Does the mere thought of a double-scoop on a cone bring a smile to your face? When the warm July sun starts beating down, do you start dreaming about thick strawberry shakes?
July is National Ice Cream Month, designated by Congress and President Reagan in 1984 to honor America's favorite confection. But Americans began their love affair with ice cream way before that.
We invented the concept of the ice cream parlor in 1776. America is the birthplace of both the ice cream scoop (1878) and the ice cream cone (1904). Once a desert only available to the rich, ice cream was so popular among average Americans by World War II, that the Armed Forces became major ice cream producers. The Navy even ended up running the world's first floating ice cream parlor to produce ice cream for sailors serving in the Pacific in 1945.
Today, America eats more ice cream than any other country in the world. We consume an average of 6 gallons of the stuff per person each year.
At Broadway at the Beach, ice cream is available in several different locations, tastes and textures. Two stores serve the "swirled-class" flavors of the "euphoric concoctions" at Ben & Jerry's. At Cold Stone Creamery, you can enjoy ice cream made fresh in the store each day. If frozen custard is your thing, head to Kohr's Family Homemade. Or completely throw calorie counting out the window and head to The Fudgery (north or south) where ice cream is served as a complement to spectacular fudge. There's even an opportunity to have ice cream as part of a meal at Johnny Rockets where hand-dipped shakes are served with burgers and a side of dancing and singing.
Since it came on the scene in America, ice cream has been a real star. For Americans, it's one of life's best indulgences.
"Happiness is ice cream," wrote Peanuts® creator Charles Schulz.
Come get some.