On the third Sunday of July each year, consumers around the world, ice cream processing companies and dairy industry members celebrate National Ice Cream Day. This year, it’s on Sunday, July 19, 2020. Many continue the ice cream celebrations for all of July, which is known as National Ice Cream Month. Both ice cream celebrations originated in 1984 in the United States and has since spread to other countries.
Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) and other milk marketing boards in Canada and internationally also celebrate ice cream on Ice Cream Day and throughout July, recognizing ice cream as one of the many delicious food products created with milk.
DFO also acknowledges the work industry members do to get ice cream in grocery stores and ice cream shops for consumers. Canadian dairy ice cream begins as high-quality milk produced by farmers and their cows across Canada. Then, processors—from big plants to independent shops—receive tanks of milk from transporters to churn their ice cream, adding in different ingredients to make every flavour of ice cream imaginable, before it reaches consumers.
Ice cream celebrations in DFO’s social media campaigns
DFO has teamed up with notable Ontarian influencers on social media who love ice cream and shared how they made it at home. Check out their posts in honour of Ice Cream Day and Ice Cream Month below and get their ice cream recipes:
See other Instagram influencers' posts and recipes below:
Enjoy local ice cream
DFO has celebrated ice cream for the past three years with its Ice Cream Trail, which features ice cream shops across Ontario made with 100% Canadian dairy. Consumers and industry members can revisit magazine articles in DFO’s industry magazine, Milk Producer, in the Processor Profile section. Learn about each unique ice cream shop and its owners and flavours, find out their location and current operating hours, and support them by enjoying fresh, local ice cream.
See media coverage highlighting ice cream shops on last year’sIce Cream Trail, including short biographies, and social media links and images:
Homemade ice cream
To make ice cream in your own kitchen, follow along with one of the influencers above who each put their own spin on homemade ice cream—or check out these recipes for cold summer desserts similar to ice cream here on DFO's website under the Culinary section:
More great recipes and culinary articles are available here on the website. Consumers can also sign up for DFO’s consumer newsletter on the home page (scroll down).
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