People eat Ice Cream almost every day of the year, whether it is in the summer or winter. Most people have a favorite flavor that they eat all the time without ever changing to another flavor. At one time, vanilla was the only favor so they didn't have a choice. Then there were three flavors, vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. Today, there are hundreds of flavors. However, July 23rd has been designated as National Vanilla Ice Cream Day and that day is celebrated every year.

July is the month to celebrate National Ice Cream Day and National Vanilla Ice Cream Day.

Therefore, it is safe to say that July is the month to indulge in the refreshing treat more so than any other month of the year.


Vanilla ice cream was the first to be made, and it is considered to be the default flavor because most other flavors start with it. Even so, it is not the most popular flavor today. Reportedly, chocolate is the most popular flavor.

Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, is the one who has been given credit for introducing this particular flavor to the country. It has been said that he is the one who discovered and fell in love with it during his time in France. Some evidence also points to the colonists who made it before Jefferson's discovery.

Credit is given to Jefferson because records show that he served that flavor on several occasions during his presidency. He provided a handwritten copy of his recipe in the 1780s. It is still in the Library of Congress, even though many other recipes have been collected over the years. Jefferson's vanilla ice cream is available for tourists at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.

How to celebrate

You can celebrate on July 23 this year and any year by enjoying it whether in a cone, cup, or bowl. You can enjoy the refreshing treat at home with your family or you can go to an ice cream parlor. It is suggested that you order only that flavor no matter how much you are tempted to choose from hundreds of combinations that consist of nuts, fruit, sprinkles and other toppings.

If you really want to celebrate in style, you can use a recipe and make your own. Your family will love you and will be very impressed with your thoughtfulness.

Whatever you do on July 23, make sure it includes eating some vanilla ice cream. It will taste even better if you eat it with family members or friends. While you are eating it, share this information with them. It will be a good conversation.