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National ice cream month

Hello National Ice Cream Month! I don’t know about you, but this is a month I fully stand behind! Bluebell, Ben and Jerry’s, and Bryers are all great options. Even better, apparently during the month of July, ice cream calories are not counted. That means we are obligated to make or eat some of the creamy goodness.

As a kid, I loved going to the ice cream store to get a double dip of something gross like cotton candy and bubble gum. Inevitably, I took one lick off the top scoop only to watch it hit the floor. It was rough managing a double dip in the days before the waffle cone came along to help keep the ice cream right where it belongs.

Some ice creams have even been made “healthy” with the introduction of light, no-sugar-added, low fat, high-protein, and low-carb options. Even people who are lactose intolerant or sucrose intolerant can now find sugar-free and lactose-free ice creams that they can enjoy without suffering the symptoms common to these conditions.

Making ice cream has also gotten much easier. No longer do you need the big wooden barrel, rock salt, and hours of turning that crank. Thanks to Kitchen Aid you can just freeze a bowl, pour in the ingredient for the ice cream recipe (cream, sugar, vanilla, a pinch of salt), and let your mixer do the work. This is quite a dangerous since homemade ice cream is the best and also a diet buster.

Whether your favorite is chocolate, vanilla, or rocky road, it is time to do your duty as an American and get out there and support those ice cream makers by purchasing a cup or a cone.