July is National Ice Cream Month and Leatherby’s is giving away a $20 Gift Certificate to one lucky reader!

ice%20cream%20picBy 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 Sunday, July 21) 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 their 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- Leatherby’s is giving one lucky reader a $20 Gift Card to use at one of of their locations!  To be entered in to win this sweet gift card- comment on this article with your favorite ice cream flavor and if you have a favorite memory of this Sacramento favorite ice cream parlor.

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?  And don’t forget to enter into this contest…everyone loves ice cream..especially when it’s FREE!

Good Luck and the one lucky winner will be announced on Friday, July 12th!


35 thoughts on “July is National Ice Cream Month and Leatherby’s is giving away a $20 Gift Certificate to one lucky reader!

  1. Ice cream is still as much of an anticipated treat, today, as it was when I was a little girl. Have enjoyed Leatherby’s ice cream since the mid-80s. I don’t have a favorite, since I always do my best to try something new on the menu, which is difficult to do now. In addition to the ice cream have have also enjoyed their tasty sandwiches, too 🙂

  2. We have never gone to this place but I can defenatly say we love ice cream 🙂 And would love to biuld some good memories at Leatherby’s!!! We dont have a favorite we just love all ice cream mmmhhh… ice cream..

  3. Friday nights were always my favorites as a kid. Friday night meant my Dad playing softball as the pitcher as Rusch Park. The end of the game meant Leatherby’s at Sunrise and Antelope. We would always get the pizza meal (the only Leatherby’s to carry it), followed by a Jr. Sundae. No one around can beat the hot fudge with the nuts on the creamy ice cream. We all had our favorites and shared lots of laughs along the way! Leatherby’s means families get together and share good times.

  4. I can’t say that I actually have a favorite ice cream as so many of them are so delicious! My favorite ice cream treat is a banana split, though. Going to Leatherby’s to get one is a double treat, though. It brings back the child in me when I go to Leatherby’s.

  5. Toasted Almond is my all time favorite! A great memory is celebrating my Grandson’s high School graduation at Leatherby’s with family & friends. We’ve had many other celebrations there also!

  6. My kids and I love mint chip!!! We have a family tradition since we’ve lived in Sacramento- we always go to Leatherbys on our birthday. My kids just love the clown clowns with a candle on top and the wait staff is so great to get the whole restaurant singing. My youngest turns 4 on Monday, July 15! We’re planning on going for sure!!!

  7. I loved the moment when they brought out the sundae, (we like the Rachel’s sundae) and my sweet children’s eye bug out at the sheer size of it. My daughter said in awe, “It’s bigger than my head.” Love Leatherby’s.

  8. Vanilla is the best ice cream because you can add what ever you want to it and the best thing to add to it is Leatherby’s caramel!

  9. there are so many flavors that I love…it’s hard to pick just one. My favorite memory was taking my daughter there last year for her first time. Her eyes glazed over when she saw the ice cream. It’s a family tradition to go there and now it continues with my little one ❤

  10. Leatherby’s hot fudge is my absolute favorite! We lived in Italy for a couple of years and I would have my family mail me jars of it – I can’t live without it! Drizzle it over mint chocolate chip ice cream (no whip cream, no nuts, no cherry) and I’m in HEAVEN!

  11. Although I loooooove ice cream and have a hard time picking one favorite flavor, I’d have to go with cookies and cream. In fact, growing up, I would fill a bowl with cookies and cream ice cream and then throw in a few more Oreos for good measure :o)

    I’m new to this area but enjoyed visiting the Leatherby’s in Fremont growing up!

  12. Swiss Milk Chocolate (especially in a Black and Tan) is best. Always have good times with the fam at Leatherby’s.

  13. My kids love vanilla ice cream, and mint chip, and peanut butter. But we do not like our ice cream filled with hate. You could not pay me to go to prop 8 supporters leatherby’s. Gunther’s or vics is the way to go!

  14. My son has just decided that Mint Chocolate chip is his favorite. I really like holiday flavors, pumpkin, peppermint bark.

  15. My favorite thing to order at Leatherby’s is the Black and Tan. Super yummy! I have so many memories of Leatherby’s, my parents often took me there after a day of outings on the weekends, and it was THE place to go after evening events.

  16. My favorite has always been vanilla. I used to pretend I was eating snow in the summer. My family would visit Leatherby’s on Sunday afternoons because it was my dad’s day off. Sundays will always hold a special place in my heart. And walking into Leatherby’s I still think of those afternoons and am grateful for those memories.

  17. I’m a Yuba City native so I didn’t know about Leatherby’s until around high school. My friends and I would gather our allowances just to collect enough gas money and drive to the Franklin location just for ice cream….memories. The5 of us remain good friends and still treat ourselves to leatherbys quite often.

  18. Coconut Pinapple is my favorite flavor ice cream. I didn’t grow up in Sacramento so I don’t have any old memories to share. 😦
    I hope I still can win.

  19. I remember the warm summer day I just had to have a black and tan. It was the summer of 2007 and Leatherby’s was celebrating it’s 25 year anniversary. Eight months pregnant, I was craving my favorite Leatherby’s ice cream flavor–toasted almond. When my husband came home from work, he took one look at my swollen ankles and round belly and got back into his car to drive across town to Leatherby’s. A few hours later, I was sitting with my feet up, eating the best ice cream treat I’ve ever had, a black and tan made with crunchy almonds, creamy vanilla, rich chocolate and caramel syrups layered and topped off with whipped cream and a cherry.

  20. My favorite ice cream is anything with Leatherby’s caramel sauce! In fact I just bought a jar yesterday.

  21. Swiss Milk Chocolate is the best flavor along with the chocolate whipped cream and home-made caramel. YUM YUM YUM! Our family goes to Leatherby’s any chance we get! We love the high energy and huge amounts of ice cream!

  22. I remember going to eat ice cream after getting report cards as a child and a more recent visit to Leatherby’s with grandparents and our children which we enjoyed. Swiss milk chocolate is one of my favorite flavors at Leatherby’s as is the black and white sundae made there.

  23. My favorite memory of Leatherby’s Creamery is going with my family after my High School graduation to dig in on some tasty ice cream. I went to Loretto HS, where it was tradition to wear long, white, ball-gown dresses for graduation so you could imagine the looks I received. Luckily, I managed not to spill any of the delicious ice cream (or fudge, or toppings) on my white gown 🙂 Would be a wonderful treat to visit Leatherby’s again this summer!

  24. Thanks for letting us know about this national day! I love taking my 3 year old to Leatherby’s for “ice cream dates”!

  25. We love the toasted almond flavor at Leatherby’s. As kids we loved when others had their birthday parties there, it was always such a treat and neat to see how the ice cream was made.

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