04 Jul It’s National Ice Cream Month
Ever since Ronald Reagan declared July to be National Ice Cream Month in 1984, Americans have been celebrating. (According to Boynton Beach dentist Dr. Rosemary Baghdassarian of HAB Dental in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach, it was a move in the right direction for President Reagan, who famously loved jellybeans. Unlike ice cream, which slides deliciously over your teeth, tongue and gums on its way to a sweet slide down your throat, jellybeans – like those in the jar that sat on the president’s desk – will stick to the surface of your teeth, which represents a greater risk of damage.)
In the proclamation establishing National Ice Cream Month, President Reagan specifically called on Americans to mark the occasion with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.” There might be other dentists in Boca Raton or Boynton Beach willing to contradict the President of the United States, but Dr. Rosemary is not among them.
Ice Cream Trivia
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why July was chosen as National Ice Cream Month. There’s nothing like a frosty milkshake, an ice cream cone or a double scoop of your favorite flavor to help you keep your cool on these hot summer days.
There are some things about the celebration of our national love of ice cream, however, that might surprise you. According to the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA):
- If you are like the average American, you probably eat about 22 pounds of ice cream and related frozen desserts a year.
- To keep us all supplied, ice cream makers in the United States produced about 6.4 billion – yes, billions! – pounds of ice cream and frozen yogurt in 2019 (the last year they have the numbers for).
- It takes almost 29,000 workers – who earn a combined $1.8 billion in wages – to make all that ice cream, according to IDFA’s Dairy Delivers®.
All in all, ice cream companies contribute more than $13 billion directly to the national economy.
The IDFA also reports that most ice cream companies are family owned and have been in operation for more than 50 years. That doesn’t hold completely true for Delray Beach-based
Proper Ice Cream. It checks the box as a small, privately owned business, but it’s only been around for a few years. But don’t let that stop you. The team at HAB Dental in Boynton Beach say it’s the best!
At our Boca Raton dental office says the top prize goes to Sloan’s Ice Cream, which opened its first location in West Palm Beach, Florida in 1999.