July is the hottest month of the year in the United States. So it should be no surprise to hear it is also National Ice Cream Month. Most of the country has cold weather in the Fall and Winter so a lot of ice cream stores are only open in the Spring and Summer. We say those are “seasonal” businesses, since they only open during the warm season.
The most popular flavors of ice cream in the US are Vanilla, Chocolate, Cookies and Cream, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. This last one is actually a fairly new flavor; it was first served by Ben & Jerry’s in 1984 in Vermont.
A lot of Americans celebrate the 4th of July (Independence Day) with a backyard barbecue. So many, in fact, that July 4th is also National Barbecue Day.
Two of the most common foods on American grills will be hamburgers and hot dogs. It’s estimated that we will eat over 150 MILLION Hot dogs on July 4th. That’s almost half a hot dog for every single person in the US! Both barbecue classics have their own holidays too: Hot Dog Day is on July 23rd, Hamburger Day is July 28th.
Some fun things to try this month >>>>>>>
Suggestions by month:
July 1st: Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day and July 16th: National Ice Cream Day
If you want to try making your own Ice Cream, this is a recipe that doesn’t need any special tools or machines:
No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream recipe:
No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream video:
June 15th: National Hot Dog Day
While Hot Dogs are a common Barbecue food, they are also a traditional street food in most of the US. If you travel to different states and cities though, you will see that we have different ways of “dressing them up".
Enjoy National Hot Dog Day to the fullest. Have a couple of hot dogs for lunch or dinner.
Different hot dogs around America:
June 21st: National Junk Food Day
For some of us, every day is Junk Food Day. For the rest of us, National Junk Food Day is an opportunity to guiltlessly eat your favorite junk food.
Black Bean Burgers recipe: