This Sunday is National Ice Cream Day, which means one thing: it’s time to step away from your computer, open the freezer, grab a pint and a spoon, and celebrate.
Wait, National Ice Cream Day is a thing? Indeed it is. It is in fact a 33-year-old thing. In 1984, Ronald Reagan proclaimed the third Sunday of July National Ice Cream Day, declaring ice cream “a nutritious and wholesome food, enjoyed by over ninety percent of the people of the United States.”
Regan was certainly stretching the definition of “nutritious” at the time of his declaration, but times have changed, and in the ice cream aisle of your grocery store you can find ice creams claiming to offer a more virtuous scoop for your sundae.
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For National Ice Cream Day, the staff of Rodale’s Organic Life tried 5 ice creams that claimed varying degrees of virtuousness. Here’s what we thought of them.