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National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

strawberry ice cream

The first ice cream was made centuries ago, in Asia, from snow and fruit, and has evolved over time into this delicious confection that we can buy in the supermarket or at an ice cream shop. The earliest reference to ice cream given by the Oxford English Dictionary is from 1744. (Pennsylvania Mag. Hist. & Biogr. (1877) I. 126 )"Among the rarities..was some fine ice cream, which, with the strawberries and milk, eat most deliciously". In 1776 the first ice cream parlor in the US was opened - in New York City. Commercial production was begun in North America in Baltimore, Maryland, 1851, by Mr. Jacob Fussell. In 1926 the first commercially-successful continuous process freezer was perfected. This allowed the ice cream industry to become a mass producer of its product.

Five fun ice cream facts:

  1. Strawberry is the third most popular flavor of ice cream*.
  2. Neopolitan ice cream is made with strawberry, chocolate and vanilla ice cream..
  3. 8 degrees F is said to be the optimum temperature at which to serve ice cream.
  4. Approximately 9% of milk produced in the USA today goes towards ice cream manufacturing.
  5. It takes about 50 licks to eat one scoop of ice cream!

Five Strawberry Recipes:

  1. Strawberry Ice Cream - Home-made ice cream made with fresh fruit is always more delicious, and far healthier, than store-bought. This recipe is so easy, and so rewarding that I make it over and over again each spring. - 
  2. Mango Strawberry Soup- This is not only a fruit soup, it's amazing as a sauce over ice cream! Serve it cold as an app, or drizzle a few spoonfuls of it over pound cake and a scoop of ice cream for dessert. It's one of those wonderful, versatile things that will work for you in lots of ways.
  3. Strawberry Sorbet- lower in fat than regular ice cream but just as delicious.
  4. Strawberry Peach Daiquiri -A good frozen cocktail made with freshly frozen fruit so that it gets nice and thick and not diluted by ice.
  5. Strawberry-Raspberry Sundaes- Nothing says summer like fresh berries. Try this simple sundae sauce over frozen yogurt for a scrumptious summertime treat.

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Nutritional Information per half cup serving:

Calories: 127
Fat: 5.5 g
Saturated Fat: 3.5 g
Carbohydates: 18 g
Protein: 2 g
Sodium: 40 mg
Calcium: 79 mg