Celebrate National Ice Cream Day in Downtown Alameda
The meaning of the phrase “ice cream” varies from one country to another. Around the world, different cultures have developed unique versions of ice cream, suiting the product to local tastes and preferences. The sweet treat usually is a combination of ice, milk (or cream), fruits and other flavorings, and typically sweetened by some type of sugar.
During the fifth century B.C., ancient Greeks ate snow mixed with honey and fruit in the markets of Athens. In China, around 200 B.C., a frozen mixture of milk and rice was consumed. The Roman Emperor Nero (37–68 A.D.) had ice from the mountains combined with fruit toppings to create chilled delicacies. When Italian duchess Catherine de’ Medici married Henry II of France in 1533, she is said to have brought with her some Italian chefs who had recipes for flavored ices or sorbets. Quaker colonists introduced “modern” ice cream to the United States, leading confectioners to sell ice cream at shops in New York and other large cities during the colonial era.
Prior to the 19th century, ice cream was an expensive treat confined to those with access to an ice house. In the second half of the 20th century, ice cream became popular throughout the world after refrigeration became more economical.
National Ice Cream Day and National Ice Cream Month was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on July 9, 1984: “Ice cream is a nutritious and wholesome food, enjoyed by more than 90 percent of the people in the United States. It enjoys a reputation as the perfect dessert and snack food.” (Proclamation 5219)
Although it was intended to be for one specific day, the celebration continues each year on the third Sunday of July. This year’s celebration falls on this Sunday, July 15.
It’s worth the trip to celebrate National Ice Cream Day in Downtown Alameda. The city’s oldest operating ice cream shop, Tucker’s Super-Creamed Ice Cream, started in 1941 using family recipes. Over the years, this favorite gathering place has been joined in Downtown Alameda by a variety of frozen yogurt and boba tea places.
Find frozen treats and milk teas at these downtown locations:
Ice Cream & Yogurt
Tucker’s Ice Cream, 1349 Park St.; Tuttimelon, 2402 Central Ave. or Yogafina, 1335 Park St.
Milk Teas & Smoothies
i-Tea, 1606 Park St.; T4, 1431A Park St.; Tapioca Express, 2306 Encinal Ave. Ste. B; The Beanery, 1650 Park St. or The Local, 1333 Park St.
Only at 7-Eleven, 2301 Lincoln Ave.
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