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National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

Chocolate Ice Cream Day is dedicated to the tasty and popular confection. Chocolate is the second most popular ice cream flavor after vanilla, although its creation predates its more popular cousin. The first recipes of chocolate ice cream were published in 1693 in Naples, Italy, in which hot chocolate was the ingredient, which consisted of only chocolate and sugar. Chocolate ice cream was first introduced to the United States in the late 18th century. The first advertisement for chocolate ice cream in the United States appeared in New York City on May 12, 1777. Thomas Jefferson took a liking to ice cream when he was living in France during his time as an ambassador in the 1780's, and there is some belief he helped bring its popularity to the United States after his return. In the early 19th century insulated ice houses were invented, spurring growth of the ice cream industry, and by the end of the century chocolate ice cream was very popular. Nowadays chocolate ice cream consists of cocoa powder, eggs, cream, vanilla, and sugar.

How to Observe National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

This the best day of the year to eat chocolate ice cream. You can eat it in a dish or in a cone. You can add sprinkles, syrup, whipped cream, or one of many other toppings. There is no need to just limit yourself to plain chocolate. Try some of the ice creams that were inspired by it such as rocky road or chocolate chip. If you are feeling extra adventurous try making some homemade chocolate ice cream.

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