Sunday, July 19, 2015

National Ice Cream Day

 National Ice Cream Month is celebrated each year in July and National Ice Cream Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in the United States.  The celebrations were originated by joint resolution 298, which was sponsored by Senator Walter Dee Huddleston of Kentucky on May 17, 1984.  The resolution proclaimed the month of July 1984 as "National Ice Cream Month" and July 15, 1984 as "National Ice Cream Day".  It was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on July 9, 1984 with Presidential Proclamation 5219.
Even though the resolution only mentioned a specific month and day in 1984, the celebrations have held up in the years since, publicized by ice cream manufactures.
With all this being said, it doesn't have to be a particular holiday for me to eat ice cream.  I could consume it every day, all year round.  Occasionally you just have to set the diet aside.  Besides its good for you, other than all the calories and sugar.  How many times growing up did your mama say, "drink your milk"?  I remember once when I was a child, we were on vacation and for breakfast I wanted ice cream.  My mama's initial response was NO!  I proceeded to explain that it was good for you because of the milk.  I ended up having that ice cream for breakfast, but only because we were on vacation.  No one had to sign a law for me, I just needed my mama's approval.  I guess when you think of it, its kind of the same thing.

Whopper Ice Cream
Whopper Ice Cream
This recipe states without the whoppers it makes 14 1/2 cup servings.  Seriously, who eats only a half a cup?  Not anyone in my house hold.  
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 1/8 cups granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon xanthan gum
3 cups heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 Tablespoon vanilla extract
15 ounces whoppers, (the original malted milk balls) chopped into fourths.
Chocolate Sauce (optional)
Chop whoppers and place in a bowl and set into the freezer until ready to use.   In a medium mixing bowl, mix xanthan gum and granulated sugar together.  Then add milk and mix until the sugar is dissolved.  Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla.  Turn on your ice-cream mixer and pour the mixture into the freezer bowl and let mix until it begins to thickened, about 20 minutes.   Scoop in chopped whoppers, let continue to thicken for a bit.  Transfer to an airtight container and place in the freezer for about 2 hours to thicken.  When ready to serve, scoop ice cream into dish and drizzle with chocolate sauce if you like.
tomorrow we can eat vegetables, but today is for ice cream