National vanilla ice cream day
July 23rd, 2013
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Ice is back with a brand new ... food holiday: July 23 is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day!

Vanilla has historically been the favorite ice cream flavor of Americans. Here are some ice cream facts from the International Dairy Foods Association:

  • Approximately 1.53 billion gallons of ice cream and related frozen desserts were produced in the U.S. in 2011.
  • The U.S. ice cream industry generated total revenues of $10 billion in 2010, with take-home ice cream sales representing the largest section of the market, generating revenues of $6.8 billion or 67.7 percent of the market’s overall value.
  • The central region of the U.S. led production of ice cream and related frozen products, producing 726 million gallons in 2011.
  • Frozen dairy production follows a clear seasonal pattern. Summer is the unchallenged season for eating ice cream and other related products. Production kicks up in March and April to fill retail and foodservice pipelines in the late spring and early summer. June is the highest production month of the year, but production remains strong through August to satisfy summer demand.

The best part about vanilla ice cream, though, is that it lends itself extremely well to toppings. What’s your favorite way to spruce up the old favorite?

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This was originally published in 2012, but it was too cool to pass up.

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  1. Buffy Gailliard

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    August 11, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
  2. Edwin

    Amaretto over vanilla ice cream. De-licious!

    July 24, 2013 at 6:44 pm |
  3. Cask465

    How many know where the word vanilla comes from?

    July 23, 2013 at 7:57 pm |
  4. Tim

    Sharpton, Jackson, and the rest of the 'hood hustlers haven't cried racism? Wow.

    July 23, 2013 at 7:41 pm |
  5. filo bedo

    Kahlua poured over Breyer's Vanilla Bean is pretty good!

    July 23, 2013 at 7:05 pm |
  6. Clown

    Just another reason for the obesity to get even bigger. They should rename it to National obesity day.

    July 23, 2013 at 6:58 pm |
  7. cpc65

    Plain old blah. Vanilla is one of my least favorite flavors, especially French vanilla. This is not counting some of those really bizarre flavors that should not even exist as an ice cream flavor. Black Raspberry is my personal favorite, followed closely by basic chocolate as well as some of it's other various forms.

    July 23, 2013 at 6:43 pm |
    • cpc65

      Dammit! Now I wish there still was a Baskin Robbins around here.

      July 23, 2013 at 6:44 pm |
  8. AleeD®

    Definitely.not.vanilla. ~_~

    July 23, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
  9. Marcia

    How about a DQ butterfinger blizzard-on a hot day it cannot be beat

    July 23, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
  10. Mr Frenchie McFrench from France

    Also known as National Boring Day

    July 23, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
  11. scott bleyle

    so what is it? National tequila ice cream day?cool

    July 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
  12. VladT

    To improvise a special treat, my father coated vanilla ice cream with cheerios and maple syrup. Sounds ghetto possibly, but man, when I want a good vanilla ice cream treat without it being too indulgent or sweet, I will hit this up. It doesn't sound like much, but really, it works

    July 24, 2012 at 7:49 am |
    • jillmarie@jellybean

      VladT, your ice cream idea sounds great as well! Honey Nut Cheerios would go especially well with vanilla ice cream.

      July 24, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  13. jillmarie

    What's delicious on vanilla ice cream is also simple and natural- a drizzle of honey and a sprikle of cinnamon- yum!

    July 23, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • JellyBean

      My god that sounds so good!

      July 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
      • jillmarie@jellybean

        It is! The honey gets a little hard so it adds texture, and cinnamon gives it a kick. Try it!

        July 23, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • angrybabykitty

      Oh, that does sound delicious!

      July 23, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
  14. NEnurse

    a spoon!

    July 23, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  15. SoundCk2MyLife

    Reblogged this on Sound Check 2 My Life and commented:
    Vanilla. That is all!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:49 am |
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