Back in 1984, Ronald Reagan said, “Ice cream is a nutritious and wholesome food, enjoyed by over ninety percent of the people in the United States.” He then declared July as National Ice Cream Month.
Detroit has five historic ice cream parlors. Each has their own unique style that would cater to ice cream enthusiasts taste buds.
1. Erma’s Original Frozen Custard: Located in downtown Utica (6451 Auburn Road) in Shelby Township. It is the first business in town to become a historical landmark. They offer over 50 flavors that change weekly.
2. Leason’s Dairy Bar & Grill in Warren (11475 E. Thirteen Mile): You can self-serve your own ice cream cone here. Nationally will Leason’s be celebrating National Ice Cream Day but on July 30, the will be celebrating over 40 years in business.
3. The Dairy Twist Cafe of Oakland County: It is one of the largest ice cream shops in the county that has the largest ice cream cones and the most flavors
4. Dairy Deluxe in Birmingham (33201 Woodward): How much better can it get than to walk up and get an ice cream? This place has been in business since the 1950’s. They have your classic twist ice cream cones.
5. Clark’s Ice Cream and Yogurt (3312 Twelve Mile) in Berkley: You can choose from 50-60 flavors of Ashby’s Sterling and Stroh’s ice creams. Old fashioned in it’s ice cream and with pictures of the local military one the walls.
How I plan to celebrate National Ice Cream Day is by making homemade fried ice cream. It’s rather simple really.
If you go to the store and buy those tiny containers of ice cream, you’ll be off to a good start. Take out the ice cream and scoop it onto the plate, place it in the freezer for an hour. You can fry the ice cream on top of the stove, but I recommend a Fry Daddy if you have one. Take out the ice cream place it on a slice of de-crusted bread and place another slice of de-crusted bread over the top and begin to pack it around the ice cream like you would with a mound of snow. After doing this place it back in the freezer until the bread is mostly frozen and while you wait, prepare the Fry Daddy. Make sure you are using fresh oil as you don’t want a chicken flavor with your ice cream. Though I have heard of stranger tastes. You don’t have to fry the ice cream long. Only until it is a golden color. A very quick couple of seconds. Take it out and sprinkle cinnamon-sugar over the top if you desire and if you feel a bit sweet, add just a bit of whipped cream. Eat and enjoy.
Fried ice cream is one of my families favorites treats and it started with my brother. It’s sounds odd and maybe to some unappetizing. Really, it’s a great dessert by the Mexicans. The first time I had it was at Acapulco’s in Nampa, ID. I knew the staff and they recommended that I try it. So, I did. I love it. I may not eat it much but it is still a great way to eat ice cream. The best part is, you don’t have to go with regular, old vanilla ice cream. I like raspberry cheesecake ice cream with bit’s of pie crust for my flavor of choice in deep fried ice cream. Ice cream. It’s both a great way to celebrate National Ice Cream Day and international dessert recipes.
The American Presidency Project/ Ronald Regan’s Proclamation 5219
Freep.com; Sylvia Rector; “Summer’s too short; Take a break and eat some ice cream”
Personal Recipe Handed Down From A Family Member