Happy National Ice Cream Day

Don’t forget to celebrate National Ice Cream Day today!

It’s National Ice Cream Day! It’s the one day of the year when everyone seems to be in a good mood. People pass each other on the street with greetings of, “Happy National Ice Cream Day” and “Have a great Ice Cream Day” or “Merry Ice Cream Day to you.” Carolers delight all with their ice cream songs while strolling by houses adorned with ice cream decorations. Kids go door-to-door dressed in ice cream costumes and are rewarded with ice cream treats. It’s the greatest day of the year.

This may happen in some alternate universe, but, sadly, not here. Still, National Ice Cream Day can be a pretty fantastic day. You don’t have to go crazy to celebrate it, but you can make it special. Visit your favorite ice cream parlor and try something different. Get an extra scoop, add those mix-ins you’ve always wanted to try, or treat yourself to a special ice cream dessert like a sundae, banana split or an ice cream cake. Celebrate with others and grab your office mates, friends or family for an impromptu ice cream party.

It doesn’t matter how you celebrate National Ice Cream Day as long as you celebrate it. It only comes once a year.

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Happy Trails

Bishop’s Homemade Ice Cream is just one of the many ice cream parlors featured on New Hampshire’s Ice Cream Trail.

We’re fast approaching the halfway point of National Ice Cream Month. If you haven’t celebrated the greatest month of the year just yet, there’s still time.

A wonderfully unique way to mark National Ice Cream Month is to go on a ice cream road trip. The east coast features three ice cream trails for those adventurous types.

The newest of these, Maryland’s Ice Cream Trail, covers seven of Maryland’s finest creameries. Before you fill up the tank and put the car in drive, print out your passport to be stamped at each location. Submit your completed passport to Maryland’s Department of Agriculture for your chance to win free ice cream and other prizes.

A little further north is Connecticut’s Sundae Drives. The Nutmeg State’s trail covers close to forty of the state’s best places to get ice cream with each location categorized by the type of ice cream served.

While I would imagine that at least one of Connecticut’s ice cream shops serves up nutmeg ice cream to honor that state’s nickname, I’m hoping that isn’t the case for New Hampshire’s Ice Cream Trail. The Granite State’s trail features thirty-two of the state’s finest ice cream joints with none (crossing fingers here) offering rock based ice cream. Although, I’m pretty certain you can get Rocky Road if you ask nicely.

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The World’s Biggest Ice Cream

I wanted to update you on a blog I wrote last week about British Chef Heston Blumenthal’s attempt to create the world’s biggest ice cream.

When I wrote the blog, I wasn’t sure what was meant by “world’s biggest ice cream.” I envisioned a very large scoop or container of ice cream. That shows my lack of imagination. Chef Blumenthal’s creation was an extremely large ice cream cone.

The cone and ice cream measured over 13 feet tall with a ton of ice cream. Freezing the ice cream took an entire month. Things got a little sticky when it came time to apply the strawberry sauce. The chef had rigged a catapult to shoot the sauce at the massive cone. Sadly, most of it didn’t stick.

Minor hiccups aside, Chef Blumethal (and team) now hold the record for the World’s Biggest Ice Cream.

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The Most Totally Awesome Month Of The Year!

You can win five Uncle Harry Ice Cream Rolls during July.

I’m giddy with excitement. Think six-year-old on Christmas Eve times three. That pretty much describes my state with the first day of July fast approaching.

Why would a grown man be so excited about the month of July? Twenty-eight years ago, President Ronald Reagan designated the seventh month of the year as National Ice Cream Month and said it should be observed with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

What gets me so stoked is that people, businesses and towns take the “observed with appropriate ceremonies and activities” to heart. There’s free ice cream, ice cream celebrations, ice cream events and more ice cream. I’m researching these “appropriate ceremonies and activities” and will alert you to them as I find them (some are below).

To honor National Ice Cream Month, I’m launching my own ice cream giveaway on Facebook. Each week in July, one winner will get five Uncle Harry’s Ice Cream rolls. Please visit my Facebook page for details and your chance to win.

OK, here’s a sampling of what’s coming up for this weekend and National Ice Cream Month.

Twenty-Fourth Big Dipper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival. June 30. Elm Park, Worcester, Massachusetts. 10:30AM to 5:30PM. $5; $1 for ages 4-9, Free for 3 and under.

Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival. June 30-July 1. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 12 Noon to 5PM. $7 donation to benefit the Jashua Kahan Fund and the fight to cure pediatric leukemia.

Serendipity Ice Cream. McMinnville, Oregon. On July 4th, the shop will be serving up free ice cream.

Meli-Melo. Greenwich, Connecticut. Ice cream flavor naming contest.

The Heritage Museum. Henderson, North Carolina. July 4. Ice cream social. 12 Noon.

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The United Kingdom’s Second Biggest Summer Event

The lone competitor in a different kind of summer games.

In 30 days, the United Kingdom will be the focus of the world as Olympic athletes begin competing in London’s 2012 games. In just 4 days (and 26 days before the Olympics), an Olympic-sized ice cream event takes place in Gloucester, England, thanks to British Chef Heston Blumenthal.

Earlier this year, I  wrote about reindeer ice cream Chef Blumenthal created for his Christmas special. Famous for his innovative cooking methods, the chef has starred in a string of television programs in which he exhibits his culinary artistry.

This Saturday, June 30, the chef will reveal a creation that he hopes will take the gold in the ice cream records book — the world’s biggest ice cream. The event will be filmed for one of his television shows and will include an examination of Britain’s love of ice cream.

The behemoth-sized ice cream will be served to those in attendance, so book your airfare now. You can stick around afterwards to catch Wimbledon and the Olympics. Of course, both will probably be a letdown after witnessing the world’s biggest ice cream.

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