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Celebrating National Ice Cream Month: One Cool Tradition

Female holding an ice-creamJuly is National Ice Cream Month in the United States, a time when people nationwide enjoy this popular frozen treat.

For many, ice cream brings back memories of summer evenings with family and friends, enjoying a cool, creamy bowl outside.

This tradition isn’t limited to the U.S.; ice cream lovers worldwide also indulge in their favorite flavors.

Interestingly, the United States ranks second in per capita ice cream consumption, narrowly behind New Zealand and its love for the unique “hokey pokey” flavor.

America’s Favorite Flavors

As our nation celebrates Ice Cream Month, here are the top 10 most-bought flavors across the country:

1. Vanilla
2. Chocolate
3. Cookies and cream
4. Mint chocolate chip
5. Cookie dough
6. Buttered pecan
7. Birthday cake
8. Strawberry
9. Moose tracks
10. Neapolitan

A Healthier Alternative: Peach Gelato

For those seeking a slightly healthier option to celebrate, here’s a delightful peach gelato recipe.


  • 3 cups sliced, peeled peaches
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 cups whole milk
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 4 large egg yolks, beaten
    • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Optional: 1 tbsp peach schnapps liqueur and/or dark chocolate syrup


Begin by simmering peaches in water in a large skillet until soft. Place in a food processor to blend and put it aside.

Warm the milk at 175°F, then add sugar until it dissolves completely. Whisk a small portion of this mixture with the egg yolks, then pour everything back into the pan, continuously whisking. Continue cooking on low heat until the mix coats a metal spoon and reaches 160°F minimum while stirring. Make sure not to let it boil, taking it off the heat immediately.

Quickly move the mixture into a large bowl and place it in a pan filled with ice water. Gently and occasionally stir it for 2 minutes. Add cream, the peach paste, and liqueur if you prefer. Apply a layer of plastic wrap on the custard’s surface and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

Load the ice cream machine cylinder until it’s two-thirds full, then freeze as per the directions provided by the manufacturer. Keep the remaining mixture refrigerated until ready to use. Transfer the ice cream into freezer-friendly containers, leaving some space for expansion. Freeze for 2-4 hours or until it’s firm. Repeat with any leftover gelato mix.

For a more health-friendly treat, serve the ice cream with dark chocolate syrup.

Remember That Moderation Is Key!

Whether opting for a classic flavor or trying this homemade peach gelato, National Ice Cream Month offers a perfect excuse to enjoy a cool treat. Remember, moderation is key—even with healthier alternatives.

Share your favorite ice cream memories or flavors in the comments below!

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