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July 15, 2013
We All Scream for It

Ice CreamIt has been nearly 20 years since Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation making July National Ice Cream Month and July 15 National Ice Cream Day. In his proclamation, Reagan called upon the American people "to observe these events with appropriate ceremonies and activities." As if we needed an excuse.

(CLICK HERE to see how the frosty treat is made.)

At the time, Americans consumed nearly 900 million gallons of ice cream annually, making it a $3.5 billion industry. If that sounds like a lot, consider that today more than 1.6 billion gallons of the icy sweet treat are produced in the U.S.—about 22 quarts per person—generating nearly $7 billion in annual revenues.

The history behind who created the tasty treat is, well, messy. But we know American colonists brought ice cream recipes with them from Europe during the mid 18th century. Today ice cream comes in more varieties and flavors than ever and is used in all sorts of unusual recipes.

find out which Founding Father once spent more than $200 on ice cream in a single summer, about $100,000 in today's dollars.
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Today's Quiz:

Which Founding Father had his own 18-step recipe for making ice cream?
1. Ben Franklin
2. George Washington
3. John Adams
4. Thomas Jefferson


Previous Question: Roger Connor, whose career home-run record was broken by Babe Ruth in 1921, hit how many career home runs?

Answer: 138

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