Think there's little to celebrate post-fireworks, grill outs, and July 4 parties? Then think again, because it's National Ice Cream Month, a momentous occasion that no doubt needs to be acknowledged with a scoop (or three). We've got seven solid suggestions for unique ways to celebrate this monthlong holiday.
- Splurge on seasonal flavors of a regional favorite, like Graeter's Summer peach ice cream from Cincinnati, or Jeni's goat cheese ice cream with red cherries from the other end of the state in Columbus, OH.
- Bust out the ice cream maker. Never made ice cream before? Read these tips first, then dive right into this vanilla, a from-scratch ice cream recipe.
- Test your knowledge. Want to truly honor the legacy that the frozen dessert's left behind? Then take our quiz to see what you know about the crowd-pleaser known as ice cream.
Read on for more celebratory ice cream ideas.
- Make your kitchen a one-stop ice cream shoppe. Toss your prepackaged cones for the scent of freshly made waffle cones, or offer friends and family soft-serve, complete with jimmies, nuts, and other toppings.
- Indulge your creativity: From banana pudding to burnt orange, push the homemade ice cream envelope by challenging yourself to make unusual new flavors.
- Let them eat cake. What's better than ice cream on a cone? Ice cream in a cake, we'd argue, especially when it's this easy.
- Alternatively, make a sweet sandwich for dessert. Sandwich your creation between two cookies — the crazier the flavor combinations, the better.