10 Recipes for Vanilla Ice Cream Day

July 23, 2017

It’s National Vanilla Ice Cream Day! While there are countless ice cream flavors out there, vanilla ice cream continues to be the most popular[1]. Surprisingly enough, however; it was not the first ice cream flavor. It wasn’t until the discovery of the Americas that chocolate and vanilla crept onto the ice cream scene. Being able to indulge in basic ice cream flavors like vanilla and chocolate used to be a luxury reserved for high society[2].

If you love vanilla ice cream just as much as we do, you can actually thank one of America’s Founding Fathers! President Thomas Jefferson is credited with developing the first vanilla ice cream recipe in America[3].Hot Fudge Dessert Nachos

Besides regular vanilla, you’ll notice there are many different variations of vanilla ice cream to choose from, for example:

  • French Vanilla: What makes French vanilla “French” is that the base for the ice cream contains egg yolks, while the base for regular vanilla ice cream does not. The egg yolks is the reasoning for French vanilla ice cream’s pale-yellow color and the richer, smoother consistency[4].
  • Vanilla Bean: Vanilla bean ice cream gets its flavor from the actual unprocessed grains found inside a vanilla pod. You can see minuscule black specs in real vanilla bean ice cream[5].

Peaches and Ice Cream PieVanilla continues to be the best-selling ice cream flavor because of its versatility and capability to enhance so many desserts and treats[1], like in these recipes:

Whether plain or in an ice cream dessert concoction, what’s your favorite way to enjoy vanilla ice cream? Share with us in the comments below!


[1] http://www.idfa.org/news-views/news-releases/article/2017/07/01/vanilla-reigns-supreme-chocolate-flavors-dominate-in-top-five-ice-cream-favorites-among-americans
[2] http://firstwefeast.com/eat/2016/07/ice-cream-flavor-history
[3] https://www.monticello.org/site/research-and-collections/ice-cream
[4] http://www.thekitchn.com/whats-the-difference-between-vanilla-and-french-vanilla-ice-cream-245044
[5] https://www.leaf.tv/articles/what-is-the-difference-between-vanilla-bean-regular-vanilla-ice-cream/

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