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Ice Cream Month

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As we move into the hottest days of the summer (we are under an Excessive Heat Watch from July 21 – 22), now is the perfect time to scoop yourself a giant bowl or cone of your favorite ice cream flavor to celebrate National Ice Cream Month!

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Ronald Reagan declared July to be National Ice Cream Month in 1984, and by doing so, he just might have created the most delicious holiday in America.

While store-bought ice cream (or frozen custard, if Van’s is more your speed) can be a delicious treat, the following cookbooks can guide you in creating sweet frozen desserts at home:

 

Coolhaus Ice Cream Book: Custom-Built Sandwiches with Crazy-Good Combos of Cookies, Ice Creams, Gelatos & Sorbets

From its humble beginnings as a food truck, Coolhaus creates architectural ice cream sandwiches in an array of outside-the-box flavors. Vegan and gluten-free selections are included. The flavor I’m trying? Pistachio black truffle. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No-Churn Ice Cream: Over 100 Simply Delicious No-Machine Frozen Treats

No ice cream machine? No problem! Get truly inventive with kitchen equipment you already own. The flavor I’m trying? Lavender.

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones: 90 Recipes for Making Your Own Ice Cream and Frozen Treats from Bi-Rite Creamery

Bi-Rite Creamery in San Francisco shares some of their classic recipes using quality ingredients that have made them a destination ice cream shop. The flavor I’m trying? Ginger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

People’s Pops: 55 Recipes for Ice Pops, Shave Ice, and Boozy Pops from Brooklyn’s Coolest Pop Shop

Are ice pops more your flavor than ice cream? People’s Pops in Brooklyn provides a more sophisticated take on a favorite summer treat from childhood – the Popsicle. The flavor I’m trying? Rhubarb and jasmine.