By Felicia Farnsworth

We all scream for ice cream! When it's hot outside, we all want to cool down. In July, the third Sunday is designated as National Ice Cream day. This year that day is Sunday, July 18, 2021.

July is also National Ice Cream month which was proclaimed in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan. Many ice cream makers encourage consumers to celebrate the national holiday as President Reagan declared, "Observe these events with appropriate ceremonies and activities."

Whether that means hosting an ice cream party with your friends and family or a trip to the supermarket to buy a tub of your favorite flavor. To appreciate the delightful cold dessert, you should know its origins. The Persian Empire was known to put snow in a bowl, pour concentrated grape juice over it, and eat it as a treat thousands of years ago.

They would climb to the mountain tops by their capital and harvest the snow from their peaks in the summertime. They would then keep the snow in underground chambers, known as a yachal, to keep it cold from the earth.

Around 697 AD, the Chinese in the Tang Dynasty took to freezing dairy with salt and ice. Although the invention of ice cream dates thousands of years back, many culinary businesses give credit to a Naples, Italy, man named Antonio Latini, born in 1642 and created a milk-based sorbet.

In the U.S., the first ice cream shops were opened by the Quaker Colonists, who brought their ice recipes with them to the new world.

Such people included Ben Franklin, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson, who were among the historically famous who enjoyed the treat. It is known that in 1813, First Lady Dolley Maddison served ice cream at the Inaugural Ball.

In 1832, African American confectioner Augustus Jackson created multiple ice cream recipes and a superior technique to manufacture ice cream. And in 1843, the first U.S. patent for a small-scale hand-cranked ice cream freezer was granted to Philadelphian Nancy Johnson.

Although there are several vanilla ice cream recipes, Thomas Jefferson's recipe for Old Fashioned Vanilla ice cream is the oldest recipe for ice cream in the U.S.A. His original recipe is housed in the Library of Congress. There are many different flavors and varieties of ice cream.

In the south, the most popular is Butter Pecan. The most common flavors sold to date are vanilla and chocolate. The best place in Union Springs to get hand-dipped ice cream is at the Marathon gas station.

You can also find ice cream at the other local gas stations and local grocers.

Whether it's in a cone, a bowl, or on a stick, remember to enjoy the cool, creamy dessert on National Ice Cream Day.

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