0 Today I Learned...the Origin of National Ice Cream Day

National Ice Cream Day
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July is National Ice Cream Month, and today (the third Sunday of the month) is National Ice Cream Day!

Both observances were officially designated in 1984 by Ronald Reagan. He recognized the popularity of ice cream in the United States (90% of the nation's population consumes ice cream) and stated that these two events should be observed with "appropriate ceremonies and activities."

According to the International Dairy Foods Association, America's top five favorite individual flavors are vanilla, chocolate, cookies 'n cream, strawberry, and chocolate chip mint (that's mine!). Vanilla continues to be America's flavor of choice in ice cream and novelties, perhaps because it's the most versatile.

Despite it's popularity, starting today when you visit Baskin-Robbins you will no longer be able to order French Vanilla. The company is retiring the flavor to what they call the Deep Freeze, along with 4 others—Caramel Praline Cheesecake, Campfire S'mores, Apple Pie a La Mode and Superfudge Truffle. CNN reports that the company famous for having 31 flavors will replace the old flavors with new ones to celebrate National Ice Cream Day and Baskin-Robbin's 65th anniversary.

What's your favorite ice cream flavor and what does it say about you? Find out here

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