Here's the scoop: Did you know that in 1984 President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month and July 15 as National Ice Cream Day? He recognized ice cream as "a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by over 90 percent of the nation's population." In Proclamation 5219, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with "appropriate ceremonies and activities. So celebrate away, San Diegans.
Soda & Swine at Liberty Station is whipping up milkshakes with names like the 21st Reg-a-Mint ($6), made with vanilla ice cream, mint, chocolate chips and chocolate sauce; and Rolling in the Dough ($6), a mix of vanilla ice cream and cookie dough. Want to kick it up a notch? For an additional $4, you can add a shot of gin, vodka or bourbon. 2750 Dewey Road, San Diego.
Soda & Swine's North Park establishment is honoring the month with treats like Strawberry Fields Forever ($5), made with strawberry syrup, whip cream and sprinkles; and the Nutty Professor, made with hazelnut syrup, Peychaud's Bitters, whip cream and chocolate syrup. 2943 Adams Ave., San Diego. sodaandswine.com
Cravory Cookies in North County has crafted a summer sundae menu. Options include Halo-Halo ($6), made with coconut ice cream topped with a taro cookie, toasted coconut, boba (round tapioca balls) and white chocolate drizzle; Celebration ($6), made with vanilla bean ice cream, birthday cake cookie, rainbow sprinkles, gummy bears and Fruity Pebbles; and Cookie Affogato ($7), your choice of ice cream paired with a cookie and a shot of espresso. 2675 Gateway Road, No. 103, Carlsbad. thecravory.com
Crafted Baked Goods executive pastry chef Lori Sauer has introduced her Old Fashioned Ice Cream Sandwich to the summer menu. The sweet treat is made with Scooped by MooTime vanilla ice cream and a cakey chocolate wafer. Liberty Public Market, 2820 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego. craftedsd.com
Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shops are bringing back the Haight Ashberry Sundae in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love. The decadent hot fudge sundae is topped with seasonal berries and a Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Blueberry Square. It also comes with a flower crown and heart-shaped sunglasses. This limited-time offer is available at two locations: 643 Fifth Ave., San Diego, (619) 234-2449 and 4459 Camino De La Plaza, San Ysidro, (619) 621-5047.