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National Strawberry Ice Cream Day (January 15)
Check out the weird holiday National Strawberry Ice Cream Day on January 15. Learn the history of the day and get ideas on how to celebrate.
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History of National Strawberry Ice Cream Day
Today’s holiday is specifically about strawberry ice cream. All flavors of ice cream are celebrated on July 1.
While ice cream seems like a relatively new invention, frozen treats have been served for a long time. Some say that the Romans invented the practice of mixing ice with other flavors – the emperor Nero was reported to often send servants up to the mountains to collect ice and snow.
Others say it was the Persians who invented flavored ices, and still more people believe that as long ago as the third century BC, people in China would serve their guests sweetened juices mixed with snow.
More recently, there is a common belief that Alexander the Great enjoyed eating snow and ice treats that were flavored with nectars and honey. Additionally, there is evidence that King Solomon – a historical and biblical character – enjoyed iced drinks, too.
No matter it’s origins, it was only when the endothermic effect was discovered that ice cream was truly able to become more mainstream. Endothermic reactions are a chemical process when reactants absorb heat from the environment. These reactions cause a cooling effect by lowering the temperature of their surroundings. When salt is added to ice cream, it makes it so ice cream can freeze at higher temperatures.
In spite of this discovery, however, ice cream was only reserved for the upper classes until 1851. That year, a Swiss entrepeneur named Carlo Gatti put an ice cream stand in London. He built an ice well where he stored the ice he collect from Regent’s Canal, and he sold that ice in scoops for a penny each. He became so rich and successful that he began importing ice from Norway.
In 1885, Agnes Marshall – who was called “Queen of Ices” – began writing a series of cookbooks featuring ice cream, which popularized the frozen dessert.
Almost forty years later, soft serve ice cream was invented in 1926. Charles Taylor, in Buffalo, New York, invented and patented the first soft-serve ice cream machine.
Now, strawberry ice cream itself as an individual flavor was invented in 1813 by the First Lady Dolley Madison, wife of United States President James Madison. It was served during his second inaugural banquet at the White House. Historians believe this was accomplished prior to refrigeration by using large blocks of ice that were kept in basement vaults and insulated with bales of hay.
The first time that strawberry ice cream was celebrated on its own was in the United States as early as 1932! Strawberry ice cream is made by blending strawberries (or strawberry flavoring) with eggs, cream, vanilla, and sugar. It gets its pink/light red coloring from additional food coloring as opposed to from the strawberry itself.
Strawberry ice cream is very popular, ranking third place as a favorite flavor after chocolate and vanilla. It is actually often combined with these two flavors to create Neapolitan ice cream, which originated in Naples, Italy during the 19th century.
Strawberries themselves are the only fruit that contain seeds on the outside, with an average of 200 seeds per piece of fruit. Technically, strawberries aren’t even a berry, but are called accessory fruits. They’re actually part of the rose family!
Strawberries were eaten by our ancestors for medicinal reasons. The ancient Romans thought that fruit could cure depression, sadness, and even kidney stones!! Modern-day studies show that strawberries are a good source of Vitamin C and can lower the levels of bad cholesterol in humans.
Strawberry ice cream recipe made with fresh strawberries! Plus, this is a completely no cook recipe! You will love the bright, fresh strawberry flavor of this ice cream! Use it on its own for National Strawberry Ice Cream Day, or use it as a base for any of the other delicious recipes below!
Baked Alaska Cake Roll is made with a light & airy chocolate cake filled with homemade strawberry ice cream and topped with toasted meringue. This is a show stopping dessert that can be served any time of year, especially on National Strawberry Ice Cream Day.
An easy no churn recipe, this Strawberry Rose Ice Cream features bright, ripe strawberries in creamy soft serve with a dusky floral hint of fresh roses. It's perfect for National Strawberry Ice Cream Day, since strawberries are really part of the rose family. It sounds complex but it’s surprisingly simple, to make and to savor.
Copycat Little Debbie strawberry shortcake rolls ice cream is a spot on homemade version of the new hard to find ice cream. This no churn frozen dessert will be your new favorite treat all year long, not just on National Strawberry Ice Cream Day.
This strawberry banana nice cream is a great frozen treat when celebrating National Strawberry Ice Cream Day! Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free, this treat is essentially guilt free. The best part is it's also quick and easy to make, too! You'll have this recipe on repeat all summer long!
Try this 3-Ingredients Easy Strawberry Ice Cream on National Strawberry Ice Cream Day, combining three simple ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. It’s chilled to perfection with fresh strawberries and fluffy whipping cream to create a creamy texture perfect for the kiddos.
Strawberry basil goat cheese ice cream may sound like an unusual combination, but this works - give it a try on National Strawberry Ice Cream Day. The flavors are really quite amazing together. This is a sweet, creamy and incredibly rich ice cream.
Enjoy this incredible Strawberry Ice Cream Pop Cake on National Strawberry Ice Cream Day.! It's a collection of strawberry cake layers, filled with strawberry filling, frosted with strawberry ice cream frosting and strawberry and vanilla crumbles.
This Strawberry Ice Cream Cheesecake is the perfect dessert for National Strawberry Ice Cream Day! This ice cake is quite the showstopper with two layers of no-churn homemade ice cream in a graham cracker crust.
A light, fruity frozen treat with just a hint of exotic rose water. Rose Water and Strawberry Buttermilk Sherbet gets its tang and body from buttermilk... A perfectly lovely chilly dessert on National Strawberry Ice Cream Day.
Here’s a chocolate strawberry ice cream recipe that you can make at home on National Strawberry Ice Cream Day without an ice cream maker. With just 5 ingredients and using fresh strawberries, it’s so easy to make, refreshing and so good. Plus, it tastes just like chocolate covered strawberries!
This keto-friendly ice cream recipe is packed with fruit! In fact, strawberries are the main ingredient in this homemade keto ice cream, which is packed with antioxidants and makes for a healthy treat on National Strawberry Ice Cream Day.
This refreshing strawberry sorbet only has four ingredients and it’s perfect for National Strawberry Ice Cream Day. If strawberries are one of your favourite berries, this berry sorbet with just 4 ingredients should be right up your alley.
Strawberry cobbler ice cream pops are an easy 3 ingredient treat to keep you cool on National Strawberry Ice Cream Day (even though it's January). With creamy ice cream, ribbons of jam, and a touch of crunch, these homemade pops are as yummy as anything you can buy in the store.
Strawberries and peanut butter are the perfect combination. Strawberry peanut butter ice cream sandwiches mimic a strawberry peanut butter and jelly sandwich. and make for a fun "lunch sandwich" on National Strawberry Ice Cream Day. Delicious and amazingly gluten free.
This easy no-churn Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream is the perfect sweet treat for National Strawberry Ice Cream Day. Creamy vanilla ice cream is full of sweet strawberry pie filling, crumbled Little Debbie Strawberry Cake Rolls, and is oh-so-easy to make!
Baking a cake is an easy task with this shortcut recipe for Banana Split Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake. This recipe simplifies the process in a wonderful way and is perfect for National Strawberry Ice Cream Day. It all starts with ready-made refrigerated edible chocolate chip cookie dough!
This recipe is both dairy free, and sugar free. It's also free of all preservatives and safe for the Simple Carbohydrate Diet! It's a great healthy ice cream sandwich to make on National Strawberry Ice Cream Day.
Want the best thick and creamy strawberry milkshake recipe on National Strawberry Ice Cream Day? This one is made with fresh strawberries and sweetened with honey! This delicious homemade milkshake is quick and easy to make and packs a flavor punch that can't be beaten.
Celebrate National Strawberry Ice Cream Day with this super Easy Strawberry Ice Cream Cake! Layers of creamy vanilla and strawberry ice cream separated by sweet, crunchy shortbread cookie filling then frosted with light, airy whipped cream. Better than any ice cream shop!
A tasty and easy blender recipe for strawberry protein banana ice cream made with frozen banana, strawberries, protein powder (whey or plant-based), and coconut milk that's packed with muscle-building protein and incredibly delicious! Enjoy this healthy treat on National Strawberry Ice Cream Day.
Strawberry Cream Eclairs are the perfect summer dessert! They are light, refreshing and full of flavor. Plus, they are so easy to make! All you need is a few simple ingredients and you can have these delicious eclairs ready in no time on National Strawberry Ice Cream Day.
This Brownie and Ice Cream Tower Dessert is divine. It’s fudgy brownies with strawberry and banana ice cream all covered in hot chocolate fudge! Make some for yourself or friends on National Strawberry Ice Cream Day.
Homemade strawberry ice cream is so rich and creamy, with an amazing fresh strawberry taste. Its egg, and cook free, and so easy to make! Whip some up for yourself on National Strawberry Ice Cream Day!
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