National Ice Cream Month
Those of you with a sweet tooth, listen up. July is National Ice Cream Month. When the temperatures are peaking and the sidewalk is sizzling, this is the perfect time to enjoy summer’s sweetest treat. Though flavor boundaries are being pushed in ice cream parlors all over the nation (cotton candy and even salted caramel are becoming stalwarts of the freezer), the go-to favorite remains the classic vanilla. But don’t let the flavor’s popularity fool you—vanilla has exotic roots. The majority of vanilla beans are grown in Madagascar; and those beans are turned into some of the highest-quality extracts and flavorings, giving your sweet dessert a rich, natural flavor. So head to your freezer, your local parlor, or (if you can) whip up a batch of your own this month.