The 1st of July is Creative Ice Cream Flavours Day!
It’s a day to celebrate the more artisanal — or just plain odd — flavours and flavour combinations of ice cream.
The whole month of July is National Ice Cream Month, so this is a good kick-off for it.
The big debate is, does something such as Neapolitan ice cream, with its layers of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, count as creative? Or is that too ho-hum old-fashioned to count anymore? Are more unusual flavours required now such as avocado, breakfast ice cream with bacon, maple and cinnamon French toast, Bananas Foster, blue cheese, buttermilk, charcoal-infused, Earl Grey Tea, kale and lime, key lime pie, pumpkin spice, or sweet roasted garlic?
Perhaps you could dodge the question by just resolving to try a creative flavour of ice cream you have never had before. Who knows, you might find a new favourite.
The creativity could even include the toppings, or what you serve the ice cream alongside of.
See also: Ice Cream, Ice Cream Day, Ice Cream Freezer Patent Day, Chocolate Ice Cream Day, Frozen Yogurt Day, Ice Cream Soda Day, Hot Fudge Sundae Day, Peach Ice Cream Day, Soft Ice Cream Day, Strawberry Ice Cream Day, Vanilla Ice Cream Day
External resources: Enjoying Homemade Ice Cream without the Risk of Salmonella Infection (FDA)
Activities for today
- try making your own creative-flavour ice cream, either from scratch, or by buying some base flavour such as vanilla ice cream and doctoring it up;
- host an ice cream party today, and buy a few funky flavours for friends to try at the party;
- post your creative ice cream flavours photos on social media;
- show some support to your local artisanal ice cream place.
Blender Ice Cream (On Cooks Country, link valid as of June 2021)
The first print mention that CooksInfo is aware of for Creative Ice Cream Flavours Day occurred in June 2004 in the Seguin Gazette Enterprise of Seguin, Texas:
“July 1 brings us Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day, Build a Scarecrow Day, and Jokes Day.”
3 Recipes Perfect for National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day. The Dairy Alliance. 26 June 2020. Accessed June 2021 at https://thedairyalliance.com/blog/3-recipes-perfect-for-national-creative-ice-cream-flavors-day/
6 Spots to Celebrate Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day. Rye, New York: Westchester Magazine. 20 June 2017. Accessed June 2021 at https://westchestermagazine.com/publications/6-spots-to-celebrate-creative-ice-cream-flavors-day/
Knight, Shawn. Happy National Creative Ice Cream Flavors DAy. 1073 Kiss FM Texas. 30 June 2017. Accessed June 2021 at https://1073kissfmtexas.com/happy-national-creative-ice-cream-flavors-day/
No Plain Vanilla On National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day! South Florida Reporter. 1 July 2016. Accessed June 2021 at https://southfloridareporter.com/no-plain-vanilla-national-creative-ice-cream-flavors-day/