National Chocolate Ice Cream Day is celebrated on June 7 all around the country. It is a day to pay tribute to the second most popular flavor of the frozen treat following close behind vanilla as the most popular. When people first starting eating ice cream, there were only fruit flavors, Punchbowl noted. By the 18th century, vanilla and chocolate had become popular.

Today, there are hundreds of different flavors. Customers could spend a considerable amount of time looking at the many flavors in the frozen food case at the supermarket. Even so, a lot of people settle for either vanilla, chocolate or strawberry.

Chocolate, the popularity of the flavor

By the 19th century, Americans had fallen in love with the chocolate treat and began including it on their weekly shopping list. Today, around 1.6 billion gallons of the frozen creamy product are produced in this country each year, according to the International Dairy Foods Association. It might be hard to believe, but chocolate ice cream was invented long before vanilla.

That's because some of the earliest flavors were drinks like coffee, tea, and hot chocolate that were popular in the 17th century.

How to celebrate

It is easy to celebrate National Chocolate Ice Cream Day.

People do so by eating a scoop or two of the delicious treat in a cup, cone, milkshake or sundae. Chocolate ice cream is delicious that way, but some people like to add sprinkles, syrup or whipped cream on top.

It is so convenient to purchase the item from the grocery store, your local parlor or from restaurants. Some people like to make their own as a special treat for themselves and their families.

The recipe is an easy one with only a few ingredients. Start out as if you are making the vanilla flavor with eggs, cream, sugar, and vanilla. Then add cocoa powder to get the distinctive taste and brown color.

As a special treat, people don't have to stick to the plain flavor. Other choices include the rocky road that contains nuts and marshmallows, chocolate chip, double chocolate, or mint chocolate.

Most people don't need a reason to indulge in the treat, but the sky's the limit when it comes to ways to celebrate with millions of other ice cream lovers. As most people know, it is a comfort food after a challenging day, following a breakup, when you are depressed, or when you want to feel like a kid again.

Eat the chocolate flavor on its national day or on any day. You will enjoy the delicious treat no matter when you eat it, and for an added delight, eat it with a friend or family member.