Sunday marks National Ice Cream Day

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Photo: (Sweet Cow, Louisville, Colorado)

By Stephanie Wolf
For KDVR.com

DENVER — Sunday, July 21 is National Ice Cream Day, which makes for the perfect excuse to indulge your sweet tooth and cool off from the summer heat.

Ice creameries all over the country are finding fun ways to capitalize on the holiday.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated the month of July as National Ice Cream Month, and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. In his proclamation, President Reagen called the sweet treat a “nutritious and wholesome food enjoyed by over 90 percent of the people in the United States.”

The tradition remains today, and, according to the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), Americans are showing no signs of slowing down in their ice cream consumption.

The IDFA reported vanilla as the number one preferred flavor, saying its versatility and ability to mix well with toppings makes the flavor so appealing. Next to vanilla, Americans like to fill their ice cream cones with chocolate, cookie ‘n cream, strawberry and chocolate chip mint.

TripAdvisor gave the scoop on the nation’s top 10 best ice creameries, and Colorado’s very own Sweet Cow in Louisville made the list. Though, there is an abundance of tasty, locally owned ice cream shops around the city happy to toast spoons and help Denver residents celebrate the national holiday.