National Ice Cream Month

Whether you are in the mood for a classic cone, milkshake or sundae, it is hard to be disappointed by ice cream. The frozen dessert makes life so good that we dedicate a whole month to celebrate ice cream. Let’s face it—ice cream really does make everything better. 

Ice Cream is a National Treasure 

July is dedicated as National Ice Cream Month, an honor that was proclaimed in 1984 by President Reagen. The third Sunday of the month would be celebrated as National Ice Cream Day. The American people were encouraged to observe these events with appropriate ceremonies and activities. According to the International Dairy Foods Association, the average American eats approximately 20 pounds of ice cream a year, or about 4 gallons.

President Reagen recognized the importance of ice cream in America’s dairy industry as nearly 10% of all milk produced by the United States dairy farmer is used to produce the dessert. Now in 2022, the percentage is close to the same at 9% of all milk produced.

The dessert is a great way to cool off and enjoy favorite frozen treats when the summer hits peak temperatures, especially in the hot, unpredictable Midwest months. Nelson-Jameson strives to keep ice cream production on the front line of one of the most enjoyable frozen treats—we help to make it even more enjoyable by supporting our customers with key ingredients to make delicious ice cream products. 

Nelson-Jameson and Ice Cream Colors

One of our biggest contributions to the ice cream industry is providing phenomenal color products to make ice cream stand out. 

The profusion of colors and flavors are endless when it comes to ice cream. The shades and hues set flavors apart— even vanilla comes in various different shades to reflect the flavor. French Vanilla, slow-churned, vanilla bean, or old-fashioned vanilla are all assigned  a different contrast of yellow. 

Color is a necessary, important part in the perception of flavor. Finding the right color and application to enhance the visual appeal of the finished product can be tricky. The color result of the end product must be compatible with the dominant flavor of the product. Compromise on color could jeopardize the success of the product. Our expert knowledge of color application can help determine the correct color for your product—helping to stabilize pH levels, suit fat content, support pasteurization, and homogenization.

Nelson-Jameson proudly carries both Oterra™ Natural Colors and DDW™ The Color House.  Both produce colors from natural sources that include fruits, vegetables, seeds and plants—resulting  in beautiful, eye-catching colors that meet the needs of manufacturers and support flavor.

High-quality, high-performance color solutions are available in a wide scope of appealing palette choices. Assortments range from bright and bold to softer, pastel shades to help set ice cream products apart. Colorful concepts can be developed to inspire and attract consumers and their taste-buds.

What is Your Flavorite?

Ice cream offers up great opportunities to get creative with flavors. Some are classic and traditional while others are unique and innovative. One thing is common: each must start with either chocolate or vanilla. 

To help distinguish themselves from the competition, creameries and ice cream parlors are looking for something no one else can offer. Among different ideas and creations, you may find various new ice cream flavors. Some inventions include: Cheetos, Pickled Mango, Pizza, Bourbon and Corn Flakes, and Pear and Bleu Cheese. However, the Top Ten ranked flavors are: 

  1. Vanilla
  2. Chocolate
  3. Cookies & Cream
  4. Mint Chocolate Chip
  5. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  6. Buttered Pecan
  7. Birthday Cake
  8. Strawberry
  9. Moose Tracks
  10. Neapolitan

Did You Know...


Dimirti Panciera, showing off his Guinness Book of World Records feat in 2017.


  • Ice cream was once called “cream ice”.
  • A cow can produce enough milk over its lifetime for 9,000 gallons of ice cream.
  • 90% of American households eat ice cream.
  • Ice cream was supplied to soldiers throughout World War II - it was the chosen treat to celebrate the end of the War. 
  • Ice cream in commercials and ads are actually mashed potatoes.
  • Chocolate ice cream was invented before vanilla—although vanilla is more popular. Chocolate initially was created by using coffees and teas. 
  • The most ice cream scoops balanced on a cone is 125. Guinness Book of World Records published a new record on November 17, 2018 that was completed in Italy by Dimirti Panciera.

At Nelson-Jameson, we believe in providing a variety of options so food producers can find the solution best suited for their application and facility. Contact us to find out more of what we can do for YOU!