Feel Good Friday: All You Need Is Love and Ice Cream

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Feel Good Friday is a regular series to give you a smile, a chuckle, or a nugget of wisdom to get your weekend off on the right foot!

All you need is love, and maybe a little ice cream

This week I learned that there’s some disagreement over the official date of National Ice Cream Day. The horror!

My friend cited Wikipedia and celebrated this all-important holiday on July 15, while the International Dairy Foods Association says it’s July 20 this year. 

The solution? Focus on the fact that all of July is, without discrepancy, National Ice Cream Month, and enjoy some cold, creamy goodness as often as your taste buds would like.

Here are a few random facts about the beloved summer dessert.

  • In America, the average person consumes 48 pints of ice cream per year (and I’m thinking I might be above average!).
  • The largest ice cream sundae weighed in at 24 tons. 
  • Ice cream cones were invented during the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. The high demand for the treat forced the ice cream vendor to seek assistance from the nearby waffle vendor. Oh, happy coupling! 
  • Over her lifespan, a single dairy cow will produce enough milk for 9,000 gallons of ice cream.
  • That’s because a cow’s udder can hold between 25 and 50 lbs. of milk! Say it with me, breastfeeding mamas: OUCH! 
  • A brain freeze happens when the cold ice cream touches the roof of your mouth, causing blood vessels in your head to dilate.
  • Ben and Jerry’s has an actual graveyard in Vermont for retired ice cream flavors, so you can go mourn Peanut Butter and Jelly or leave flowers for Rainforest Crunch. 
  • The most popular ice cream flavor? Plain jane vanilla.
  • February 4th is National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day (which I’ll probably be combining with my regular Breakfast for Dinner celebrations!).

Are you celebrating National Ice Cream Day/Month? What’s your favorite flavor? Favorite topping?