One of my favorite things to do on a warm summer evening is sit back and have a big bowl of butter pecan ice cream with chocolate sauce while I read NEA Today. And thanks to our 40th president, we all have the excuse to eat as much ice cream as we want all month. On July 9, 1984 with a Presidential Proclamation, Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month.
But that wasn’t the only time ice cream had its hand in politics. Clint Eastwood actually became mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California by running on a platform to overturn a ban on ice cream that prohibited the selling and eating of ice cream on public streets.
And speaking of laws, here are two places you should avoid on Sundays if you enjoy a bowl of ice cream as much as I do and don’t want to get into trouble. In Winona Lake, Wisconsin, there’s a law on the books making it illegal to eat ice cream on a counter. And in Kansas it is against the law to order cherry pie with ice cream on top. (But maybe if the pie is on top, you’re OK.)
A regular scoop of ice cream has on average 300-400 calories. If your diet won’t allow you to have a bowl every day in July and you’d like one cheat day, make it the third Sunday of the month, National Ice Cream Day. Check your local ice cream shops—you can probably get a freebie.
For those who need to stick to a strict diet, check here for a healthier, do-it-yourself option involving frozen bananas, a food processor, and toppings of your choice.
I know how hard you work in schools and on campuses, making sure our students have the resources and support they need. Nobody’s more deserving of a couple of scoops during National Ice Cream Month than you are. Consider it your reward for a job well done.