Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month?

By Heather Crivellone

“I scream, You scream, We all scream for ICE CREAM”!  Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month?  And on the third Sunday of the Month (which happens to be this Sunday, July 22nd) is recognized as National Ice Cream Day.  If you didn’t know this, here is a little bit of history.. it was declared in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90% of the nation’s population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”
Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t know of a kid (or an adult) who doesn’t love ice cream… and especially on a hot summer day!

Ice cream is a staple summertime treat for kids of all ages. And for long time Sacramento residents, there are a few “hot spots” here in the area to keep cool with the icy treat.  Vic’s Ice Cream  in Land Park has been a household name for several generations. They have been a family business since 1947 and continue to serve up some of the best ice cream in Sacramento.
Ice Cream isn’t their only forte, they serve up lunch items and according to some regulars, the hot dog sandwich is fantastic!

Along with Vic’s, there is Gunthers Ice Cream.  Another household name who has been serving up ice cream and treats since 1940.  They are located at 2801 Franklin Blvd. in Sacramento from 10am-10pm daily.  Just like Vic’s, they serve up some of the best ice cream treats around, along with lunch specials and even lower fat options for those of us who are “watching thier waistlines”.

Leatherby’s Family Creamery, with 3 locations in the Sacramento area has been serving sundaes, floats and other treats since 1982.  They also offer lunch and dinner items… but, the specialty is ice cream- so just skip the meal and go straight for the hot fudge sundae!  And in honor of National Ice Cream month, they are offering FREE “Rachel’s Sundae” Coupons to those who post on thier Facebook page  either “a favorite memory of Leatherby’s” or “a picture eating an ice cream sundae at Leatherby’s.”  (This promotion is limited to the first 500 posts.)  Now I can remember my parents taking me to Leatherby’s when I was young for a birthday party and one of my fondest memories was the Clown Ice Cream Sundae.  If you are a Sacramento native and reading this…then I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.  There was nothing better than a sugar cone, lots of whip cream, ice cream and chocolate chips to make a 5 year old happy!

So in honor of National Ice Cream Month, go out and treat your family to a cone, shake or sundae… isn’t that what summer is all about?


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