July 19th is National Ice Cream Day
July is National Ice Cream Month!
In 1984 Ronald Reagan wanted to celebrate a dessert that 90% of Americans enjoyed so he made July 19th National Ice Cream Day! On average, Americans enjoy 23 gallons of ice cream each year. Celebrate National Ice Cream Day every day in Florida. Read on to check out our list of the best ice cream in Florida!
Abel’s Ice Cream is Rated #1 on TripAdvisor for “Best Places to Eat” and “Desserts” in Sarasota and has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence five years in a row! They have over 40 flavors of the finest Florida-made ice cream and dairy-free sorbets! In general, crowd favorites include Stellar Coffee, Caramel Caribou, and Raspberry Truffle!
Firstly, Azucar Ice Cream in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood offers a “farm to cone” experience and believe in natural ingredients and promotes local farmers and suppliers. Azucar creates their ice cream “just like Abuela used to make”. In fact, the owners were inspired by her and their admiration for Miami’s Little Havana and they created their own store.
Big Easy Snowballs, a New Orleans Original, has over 75 different flavors including sugar-free! However, their specialty is a “stuffed” snowball! This is a regular snowball in any flavor stuffed in the middle with french vanilla soft serve.
Boyett’s Citrus Attraction is a real, “old Florida” amusement and citrus attraction that includes an animated Pterodactyl, a growling Brontosaurus, talking Parrots, cowboys and stagecoaches, a wildlife zoo, a makeshift mine for panning precious gold, kitschy Florida gifts, a vintage arcade, and a miniature golf course. However, most importantly, they have delicious homemade ice cream sundaes!
Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream uses nitrogen to freeze your ice cream right in front of you! All you have to do is pick out your toppings and flavors and Chill-N flash freezes it using liquid nitrogen instead of the traditional churn method. In short, the faster you freeze ice cream, the smaller the ice crystal will be, resulting in an enviably smooth and creamy consistency.
In short, Gelato Grotto’s mission is to exceed customer expectations with authentic gelato, made fresh daily with the finest wholesome ingredients. They love quality and believe in tradition – that is the secret of their success!
Kelly’s Ice Cream was started by Kelly, her husband Scott, and daughter Nora. While Kelly was in nursing school, she took on a part-time job scooping ice cream and never forgot the smiles from people when she handed them ice cream! At first, they began selling to local farmers’ markets in their pink and white food truck! From there they opened a location in Audubon Park, followed by Ferncreek and Oviedo.
Mayday Ice Cream is named in honor of Americans who served the country in World War II. Soldiers attached strapped buckets full of cream and sugar into the gunner pod above the loading bays, and then upon landing would have a bucket full of ice cream! Not only is their ice cream homemade, but so are their sprinkles and waffle cones!
Historic River Oaks Landing has both unique shopping and hand-dipped ice cream cones! It was originally built in 1920 as a general store, and today patrons can shop and enjoy ice cream while sitting by the Withlacoochee River.
Snobachi Handcrafted Ice Cream is a family-owned ice cream parlor in Tampa with both classic flavors and out of the ordinary nitrogen-infused toppings! Pre-COVID, Snobachi used to hand-roll their ice cream, but in order to avoid long wait times, they have changed over to making their ice cream fresh in house. Overall, it’s created the same way, just ahead of time, and served in scoops!
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