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July 23rd is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then let me help you cool off... it's National Vanilla Ice Cream Day!  Will that be one scoop or two?  Let's get right into celebrating National Vanilla Ice Cream Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Well, who doesn't like ice cream? I mean, some people literally scream for ice cream... so we know it's a very popular treat. But do you realize how popular the simple flavor of vanilla is? Sure, chocolate ice cream is eaten a lot but vanilla ice cream really gives it a run for its money. And it's also pretty hot out right now which makes it the perfect time to get some ice cream. So of course, it makes plenty of sense to have a vanilla ice cream celebration today!  But I'm a little curious to see how close the rivalry between chocolate and vanilla ice cream is. You never know, there might even be a different flavor that is more favored than both of them! So let me dive into the Google search engine results and see how popular vanilla ice cream really is. Here's what the first page of results is saying about the most popular ice cream flavors...

The first site gives vanilla a big thumbs up and shows that 29% of people like vanilla the most, compared to only 8.9% liking chocolate. That's a big gap! Parenting magazine even rated vanilla ice cream as number last year; topping chocolate ice cream once again. But Baskin-Robbins doesn't have a plain vanilla ice cream in their most popular list. What they do have is a solid chocolate right at the end! So it appears that if you ask people, then most will tell you they like vanilla ice cream the most. But if you go by sales, chocolate might creep in there for the win.  Either way, go get some freaking vanilla ice cream!

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So, how can you celebrate today?  Well, go ahead and get dressed, then walk outside and head to the closest place that serves ice cream. What? Oh, you have some in your freezer? Then what do you need me for?! But seriously, celebrating today shouldn't be hard for you at all. Head to an ice cream parlor, the freeze aisle in a grocery store or right on over to your freezer and scoop out some of that vanilla goodness!  And if you feel like it, you can whip up some homemade vanilla ice cream because we all know it tastes way better than anything you'll buy in the store. You can look online for a few different ways to make it with things you have laying around the house or you can buy an automatic ice cream maker. If you want to relax a little today then I'm sure you'll choose the ice cream maker. But hey, I don't blame you because you know you'll get a lot of use out of that thing!  And even though today is all about vanilla ice cream, no one said you can't add something to it! So break out the syrups, fruit, sprinkles or whatever else you want to toss into the mix. Sprinkle things on top or mix it into the ice cream. But it is a celebration, right? So why don't you get a little crazy and see what weird things you can put in your ice cream and still have it taste good? Pop some bacon in there. How about some sliced pickles? Hey, you never know what will taste good!  Have a great day and don't let your ice cream melt!





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