Celebrate food of all kinds in July

By Cheramie Sonnier

Advocate Food editor

Advocate photo provided by Paul R. Johnson, Jr. Blue Bell Creameries celebrates National Ice Cream Month in July by introducing a new flavor, Summer Strawberry Pie Ice Cream, at right. It also released its Christmas Cookies in July flavor, at left.
Advocate photo provided by Paul R. Johnson, Jr. Blue Bell Creameries celebrates National Ice Cream Month in July by introducing a new flavor, Summer Strawberry Pie Ice Cream, at right. It also released its Christmas Cookies in July flavor, at left.

You probably know July is National Ice Cream Month. But are you aware the calendar for July is filled with lots of wonderful, quirky holidays celebrating food?

National Canned Luncheon Meat Week in the first week of July maybe didn’t result in any major parties, but my mother-in-law, who enjoyed a small glass of anisette now and then, would have understood the need for National Anisette Day on July 2.

Most people know July 4 is the date the United States celebrates its Independence Day, but did you know it’s also Baked Beans Day? July is also considered National Baked Beans Month.

Of course, July is the previously mentioned National Ice Cream Month. President Ronald Reagan in 1984 designated July as National Ice Cream Month and named the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day, according to Paul R. Johnson Jr., the Baton Rouge sales manager for Blue Bell Creameries. He said the most popular flavors of ice cream in America are vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, in that order.

July is also National Grilling Month, National Hot Dog Month and National Blueberry Month.

It’s too late to celebrate National Piña Colada Day. That was July 10. Or, National Pecan Day on July 12 and National French Fries Day on July 13. National Macaroni and Cheese Day and National Grand Marnier Day shared July 14.

But if you’re looking for an excuse to party, there are still plenty of food holidays left in July. National Coffee Milkshake Day is today. National Crème Brûlée Day, a perfect holiday for Louisiana, and National Scotch Day are both on July 27.

Fans of chocolate — who isn’t? — will want to celebrate on July 28, National Milk Chocolate Day.

National Lasagna Day is July 29; National Cheesecake Day, July 30; and July 31 is set aside for both cotton candy and jelly beans.

Recipes to celebrate National Coffee Milkshake Day and National Ice Cream Month follow.

Cheramie Sonnier is The Advocate’s Food editor. Her email address is csonnier@theadvocate.com.