Ways to Celebrate National Ice Cream Month

Updated: 07/17/2013 10:22 AM KSTP.com By: Jenna Jaynes

There’s one good thing about the hot weather-- it gives you an excuse to indulge in National Ice Cream Month.

Ronald Reagan officially designated July as National Ice Cream Month in 1984 when he asked the nation to celebrate with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.” He claimed 90 percent of Americans enjoyed the fun and nutritious treat. Read the proclamation here.

He also declared the third Sunday of the month, July 21 this year, to be National Ice Cream Day.

Vanilla tops the sales charts every year as the most popular flavor in the U.S., followed by chocolate mint chip and cookies and cream, according to a 2012 IDFA ice cream company survey.

The survey also indicated most ice cream manufacturers have been in business for more than 50 years and are family owned businesses.

Here’s a list of some of the Twin Cities favorite ice cream parlors:

Izzy’s Ice Cream Café, 2034 Marshall Ave., St. Paul. Izzy’s offers more than 30 flavors a day, with specialty flavors depending on the time of year. They’re also opening a new store this summer in Minneapolis.

Sebastian Joe’s, 4321 Upton Ave. S, Minneapolis, has been selling homemade ice cream for three decades with a variety of flavors.

Grand Ole Creamery, 750 Grand Ave., St. Paul, sells specialty flavors that are free of chemical additives.

Cream Café, 3403 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, has been serving ice cream and sorbet since 1945. A local favorite is olive oil ice cream.

Cone Brothers Ice Cream Café, 6633 Penn Ave S., Richfield, has ice cream from creamery farms in Wisconsin and Iowa. They also have “Dr. Smoothies” made from fresh fruit.

Neighborhood Ice Cream Shoppe, 6137 Kellogg Ave., Edina, serves 44 flavors of ice cream, including sugar-free and fat-free options.

Scoops Ice Cream & More, 7700 W. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington, has ice cream from five creameries, Annie's Yogurt, Cass Clay, Cedarcrest, Edy's, Kemps, and Sebastian Joe's. To celebrate, anyone who comes to the store in beach wear-- like swimsuits, hats or carrying a beach ball-- will get half off a cone.

Adele’s Frozen Custard, 800 Excelsior Blvd., Excelsior, is having their annual flavor contest during the month of July. You can tweet flavor suggestions to them, @adelescustard, for the employees to enter into their contest. Adele’s will pick five flavors to debut during the month of August and during that time anyone can sign up to judge the entries. If a customer suggests the top flavor, they’ll win a $50 gift certificate.

Edina Creamery, 5055 France Ave. S., Minneapolis, offers about 50 flavors of ice cream and was named the best ice cream in America by Gourmet Magazine.

Pumphouse Creamery, 4754 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis, uses natural ingredients like organic non-homogenized cream and milk to make their ice cream.

Some chain ice cream shops are also celebrating in the Minneapolis area with deals and flavors:

Baskin-Robbins is offering a coupon for a free freshly-baked waffle cone upgrade with the purchase of a double scoop of ice cream.

Dairy Queen debuted their new lemon meringue pie flavor this month as part of the celebrations. They’ve also started a $5 lunch deal.

Or if you’d rather celebrate in your own way, the IDFA has a list of ice cream treats you can make.

Now that your mouth is watering, we want to know, what's your favorite ice cream flavor?