National Strawberry Ice Cream Day is celebrated on January 15. As the name suggests, it is time to try some strawberries in your ice cream! Eating your ice cream with strawberries as a topping was more traditional. Strawberries are also a popular complement to chocolate, cream, and many other desserts. This day, however, celebrates strawberries in their delectable ice cream form.
History of National Strawberry Ice Cream Day
The history of Strawberry Ice Cream Day is unknown. The origins of ice cream, however, are better recorded. Some say the Romans invented the practice of mixing ice with fruits and other flavors. Emperor Nero was said to have sent runners up the mountains to fetch snow and ice. Others say it was the Persians who first indulged in the practice. There are also various reports about who is credited with spreading the concoction across Europe.
Whomever the credit goes to, it was the discovery of the endothermic effect that allowed for the invention of ice cream as we know it. The first record comes from Panchatantra, where salt was added to cream to lower its melting point, allowing it to freeze at a higher temperature.
One of the earliest references to ice cream in North America is recorded in the “Pennsylvania Magazine of History & Biography:” “Among the rarities..was some fine ice cream, which, with the strawberries and milk, eat most deliciously.” Strawberry ice cream may have been invented between the 18th and 19th centuries.
Ice cream remained a treat for the upper classes until a Swiss entrepreneur named Carlo Gatti set up an ice cream stand in London in 1851. It was very difficult to store ice then, but Gatti built an “ice well” in which he stored the ice that he procured from the Regent’s Canal. He sold ice cream scoops in “shells” for a penny each, and he eventually became successful enough to start importing ice from Norway for his business.
National Strawberry Ice Cream Day Faqs
Are there other days for different ice cream flavors?
Can vanilla and chocolate be far behind if strawberry can have its day? There’s coffee too. There is even a Strawberry Sundae Day!
Is there a National Ice Cream Day?
Yes, this day takes place on a different date in July, which is National Ice Cream Month.
What is the difference between ice cream and gelato?
Gelato contains 70% less air and tends to be richer than ice cream. It is also lower in fat.
Why We Love National Strawberry Ice Cream Day
- It is an excuse to eat ice cream.
- If you’ve been craving ice cream and feel guilty about it, this day perfectly validates your cravings. Buy or make strawberry ice cream and enjoy it, knowing you’re part of a larger movement.
- It’s social media friendly.
- It’s a “cool” hashtag and makes for some great posts. You can even lookup one-liners online that have been created for this day. Take a photo of you making the ice cream, or enjoying it at your favorite hangout, with loved ones, or just by yourself.
- It is a treat for everyone.
- Gone are the days when only the rich elite could afford ice cream. Ice cream is one of the most popular things to eat now, and whether you’re eating alone or with someone, it is a testament to the democratization of society.
5 Fun Facts About Ice Cream And Strawberries
- A strawberry has 200 seeds
- The average strawberry is covered in 200 seeds.
- Women patented ice cream machines
- Nancy Johnson from Philadelphia was the first American to patent a hand-cranked ice cream maker, while Agnes Marshall also patented a similar machine in England.
- Americans consume a lot of ice cream
- The average American leads the world with an annual consumption of around 23 pounds or 46 pints of ice cream per year.
- Americans consume much fewer strawberries
- According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans consume around 3.4 pounds of fresh strawberries yearly.
- California produces the most strawberries
- The state accounts for 75% of the crop in the country, which is around 1 billion pounds.