On July 9th, 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed a document into public law proclaiming the month of July 1984 as “National Ice Cream Month”, and July 15th, 1984 as “National Ice Cream Day”. He recognized that ice cream brings people together during the dog days of summer and is a staple in our diet enjoyed by over 90 percent of our nation’s population. President Reagan called for all Americans to observe this day with the “appropriate ceremonies and activities.” Even though this resolution only mentioned a specific date in 1984, the celebrations have continued every year ever since. The third Sunday of July each year National Ice Cream Day rolls around, and families gather to enjoy one of their favorite past times, snacking on delicious frozen desserts from ice cream to milkshakes, sundaes, gelato, ice cream floats, and frozen yogurt.
The International Ice Cream Association encourages consumers and retailers to celebrate, and why not? The United States’ ice cream industry brings in an average of $39 billion of revenue to the national economy every year and creates more than 188,000 jobs across the entire country. According to the International Dairy Foods Association, the average American consumes roughly 23 pounds of ice cream each year. Around 87% of Americans have ice cream in their freezer waiting to be consumed as we speak. As a nation, we produce the most ice cream in the world. In 1946, Americans celebrated our victory in World War II with ice cream. That year, citizens across the country ate a total of 20 quarts of ice cream per person. Even one of our Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson, had a detailed recipe for vanilla ice cream that can still be seen today in the Library of Congress.
Even though ice cream has an extensive history in the United States, we didn’t see the appearance of the ice cream cone until the St. Louis World’s Fair of 1904 where a Syrian waffle maker began rolling his pastries into a conical shape, known as a cornucopia, to help out an ice cream vendor who had run out of dishes to serve his customers. Thus began the birth of the waffle cone we all know as a classic today. The idea of using a cone to serve ice cream had been patented by the Italian baker Italo Marchiony in New York City in December of 1903, about a year earlier than the St. Louis World’s Fair, but the popularity of the idea didn’t take off until word spread about the event in St. Louis. St. Louis quickly capitalized on the success of the ice cream cone. Entrepreneurs set out to invent special baking equipment just to produce the famous World’s Fair cornucopia cones.
Here in South Florida, there’s nothing like a classic waffle cone of your favorite ice cream flavors to cool you down in the brutal heat. Here at FYI Delray, we have an assortment of desserts to satiate your appetite. From frozen snacks to ice cream, milk shakes, sundaes, gelato, frozen yogurt, and ice cream floats, we have just what you’re looking for. Do you work on Atlantic Avenue? Then stop by and enjoy special discounts and benefits just for local employees who work in Downtown Delray. If not, then pick up your V.I.P. discount card today and enjoy the benefits of 10% off every purchase and 1 free ice cream after you make 7 purchases.
Stop by FYI Delray today! We’re located in the heart of downtown Delray Beach near the Pineapple Grove Archway at 9 NE 2nd Ave. Contact us anytime, Monday-Sunday 11:30am-Midnight, at (561) 450-7402.