Here’s the Scoop on 5 Places to Celebrate National Ice Cream Month

We all scream for ice cream! And there’s no better time to cool off with a bowl, cup or cone filled with your favorite flavor than July, which is dedicated to appreciating ice cream.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month to promote the economic well-being of the U.S. dairy industry.

Early presidents, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, had a fondness for ice cream, and Dolly Madison even served it at the second inaugural ball. For a while, ice cream was just an occasional treat, mainly for the rich. But that all changed after hand-crank ice cream maker was patented in 1843, followed by the first ice cream factory in 1851. The invention of mechanical refrigeration kept large amounts of ice cream cool, paving the way for the public to enjoy the frozen treat.

Reagan’s proclamation more than 30 years ago called on Americans to pay tribute to ice cream with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.” Most of us are happy to oblige.

To celebrate, check out  few sweet treats right in your own backyard:

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Diddy Riese

This shop is known for their ice cream sandwiches, combining their famous fresh baked cookies and premium ice cream.  It is not an unusual sight to see lines out the door for these Los Angeles classics, attracting Southern California natives and tourists alike.

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Snow Monster

Snow Monster is Instagram worthy in every way. The shop serves extra fancy ice cream sandwiches with macarons in flavors such as Fruity Pebbles and Oreo.  Snow Monster is also known for their bubble tea, served in a large lightbulb, topped off with cotton candy.  Due to the popularity of the unique menu, Snow Monster has expanded to several locations throughout Los Angeles and Orange County.

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à la minute

With locations, across Southern California, ordering ice cream here is an experience.  Your order is made right in front of you using liquid nitrogen to freeze the ice cream.  They offer twists on typical flavors such as Chocolate Lavender and Olive Oil Vanilla Bean.  If you are feeling adventurous, the shop also has unique flavors such as Beet and Goat Cheese and Avocado.

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Ghirardelli

Although this is a well-known Northern California hot spot, Southern California is also home to two Ghirardelli ice cream shops.  The two shops, located in Disney’s California Adventure and San Diego, feature the company’s famous chocolate, as well as a parlor for guests to order ice cream creations. Whether you choose the popular Ice cream sundaes or a shake, you can’t go wrong.

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Lappert’s

Lappert’s, originally established in Hawaii, has now made its way to the mainland with locations scattered across Southern California.  Try the flavors of Hawaii with Kauai Pie, Kona Coffee, or Macadamia Nut.  Lappert’s is also known for their refreshing Dole Whips: pineapple frozen yogurt.