National Ice Cream Day is Sunday and we’ve got the scoop for you.
Whether you’re in the mood for a deal or just screaming for some ice cream, here’s everything you should know about the holiday and where to chill out with a (discounted) summer treat.
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.
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 United States, but at least a few Founding Fathers were fans.
When did the US create National Ice Cream Day?
In 1984, he signed a proclamation that declared July to be National Ice Cream Month. The third Sunday of that month, which this year is July 18, became officially known as National Ice Cream Day.
Although we can’t vouch for his stats, it does sound pretty accurate. Right?
What’s the most popular flavor of ice cream in the US?
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 United States? Plain old vanilla, according to the International Dairy Foods Association.
Where can I score some sweet deals this weekend?
So, this weekend, don’t think of your sweet tooth as a guilty pleasure, but maybe a patriotic duty.
CNN’s Maddie Burakoff and Saeed Ahmed contributed to this report.