With temperatures in NYC climbing in July, National Ice Cream Month is the perfect time to cool off by indulging in the sweet treat. Although many are familiar with the standard vanilla, strawberry and chocolate, as well as other flavors including Rocky Road, Cookies and Cream and Mint Chocolate Chip, there are a
huge amount of flavors that you've likely not yet tried. Those with a love of ice cream can use National Ice Cream Month as an opportunity to taste-test new flavors in NYC, dress for the occasion, and learn new information about their favorite dessert.
Dress for the Occasion
Put on an ice cream themed shirt in honor of National Ice Cream Month. Zazzle has several shirt versions with a smiling vanilla ice cream cone on it. Punky Pins also has a shirt designed with a large ice cream cone on the front. You can accessorize by wearing a chocolate ice cream cone necklace, which is available on Etsy.
Your four-legged family member can also get into the spirit. A dog t-shirt, which is available on Cafe Press, says "Eat More Strawberry Ice Cream."
Get in Costume
If you prefer to go all out and an ice cream themed shirt just isn't enough, wear an ice cream cone costume. Costume Craze has an adult-sized ice cream cone costume, which looks like a waffle cone topped off with vanilla ice cream and colored sprinkles. Pants and shirt to wear underneath must be purchased separately.
Have Your Cake
If you're having a party to celebrate National Ice Cream Month, make Ice Cream Cone Cakes to serve with the other goodies. Each cake looks exactly like an ice cream cone; the cake mix is inside a small ice cream cone and gets covered with frosting and various toppings. Top it off with a cherry for extra deliciousness. The recipe can be found on BettyCrocker.com.
Learn Your Facts
Celebrate National Ice Cream Month by learning some fun facts and history about the sweet treat. Did you know that those who love chocolate chip ice cream are thought to be accomplished? According to IceCream.com, their love matches include those who favor Double Chocolate Chunk ice cream or Butter Pecan. What's Cooking America states that in the 1770s, ice cream was actually called iced puddings and the cones were called wafers.
With all of the ways to celebrate National Ice Cream Month, you could do one thing a day for the entire month and still have plenty of options leftover – especially if you're taste-testing ice cream flavors.
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