“Ice cream- it’s good,” said Roy Green, owner of the Resaca Grocery. “I’ve been selling it for thirteen years.”
The Resaca Grocery, which sells Mayfield ice cream at special low prices, is a community favorite.
“Everybody comes around here because they know we got it,” Green said.
“I love going down to Roy's shop to get my ice cream,” said Savannah Kirkland, 14, of Resaca. “My sisters and I will watch cars go by while we eat our favorite ice cream.”
President Ronald Regan dedicated the month to ice cream in 1984, to the delight of American taste buds. The then-president recognized ice cream as a delicious standard of the American diet, eaten by ninety percent of the country.
Calhoun’s own local ice creameries are celebrating the holiday with deals and specials.
“This month we have three new sundae shakes,” said Juli Land, manager of Sonic Drive-In. “We have a turtle, a strawberry dream and a hot fudge.”
“I know we do sell a lot of ice cream this month,” Land said. “People seem to like it a lot, and I don’t blame them- I would, too!”
“It really helps people cool off,” she said.
Ice cream doesn’t just cool people off, though. According to the International Dairy Foods Association’s (IDFA) website, “the U.S. ice cream industry generates more than $21 billion in annual sales and provides jobs for thousands of citizens.”
“About nine percent of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream, contributing significantly to the economic well-being of the nation’s dairy industry,” the website states.
Although estimated to have been invented several thousand years ago, ice cream also has a long and proud history in America.
According to the IDFA, records kept by a Chatham Street, New York, merchant show that President George Washington spent approximately $200 for ice cream during the summer of 1790.
The tasty delight also romanced other prominent American figures.
According to the IDFA, President Thomas Jefferson was said to have a favorite 18-step recipe for an ice cream delicacy that resembled a modern-day Baked Alaska. In 1813, Dolley Madison served a magnificent strawberry ice cream creation at President Madison’s second inaugural banquet at the White House.
The iconic ice cream cone is a more recent development than the ice cream itself.
According to the IDFA, the ice cream cone was only first produced in 1896 by Italo Marchiony. Marchiony, who emigrated from Italy in the late 1800s. He invented his ice cream cone in New York City. He was granted a patent in December 1903. Today, millions of rolled cones are turned out on machines that are capable of producing about 150,000 cones every 24 hours.
According to the IDFA, “in the 1940s through the ‘70s, ice cream production was relatively constant in the United States. As more prepackaged ice cream was sold through supermarkets, traditional ice cream parlors and soda fountains started to disappear. Now, specialty ice cream stores and unique restaurants that feature ice cream dishes have surged in popularity. These stores and restaurants are popular with those who remember the ice cream shops and soda fountains of days past, as well as with new generations of ice cream fans.”
And, now more than ever, Americans of all ages can’t get enough of the sweet treat.
"Eating ice cream is a nice way to cool down after a long hot summer day," said Kirkland. Her favorite flavor is cookie dough.
“I love ice cream!” said Addison Serritt, age two, of Calhoun. “Strawberry is my favorite!”