National Ice Cream Pie Day
National Soft Ice Cream Day on August 18th celebrates this tasty treat! Everybody loves ice cream, especially ice cream pie! Ice cream pies are a delicious, indulgent way to cool off on a hot summer day, and a perfect summertime treat for a birthday or fun event. Ice cream is a great opportunity to get together, and you can eat ice cream with others while still being socially distanced!
Ice cream pie can be made out of hard or soft serve ice cream. The original commercial ice cream pie was created by the brand Carvel. There are many flavors to choose from, and at Carvel ice cream stores you can choose your own combination for the ice cream pie. A cool option for ice cream cakes is the customized photo ice cream pie. This means – yes – you can have your photo on the ice cream pie itself! You submit a photo and a special printer prints the image with edible ink right onto the ice cream pie! You can also make your own ice cream pie right at home in your freezer.
History of the soft serve ice cream pie:
In 1934 on Memorial Day weekend in Hartsdale, New York, Tom Carvel had a flat tire. After pulling his ice cream truck into a parking lot, the businessman knew his product was melting. As vacationers drove by, Carvel sold the softened ice cream to them. Surprisingly, they loved the soft ice cream! The potential for a new dessert was not lost on the salesman. Instead of a roving ice cream truck, Carvel could have a fixed location with soft ice cream.Two years later, Tom Carvel opened his first ice cream store on the site where his truck broke down. In the preceding years, Carvel patented a super low-temperature ice cream machine and created a secret formula ice cream. From there he went on to create the ice cream pie – now an iconic dessert at any birthday party or special event! But hurry up – eat the ice cream pie before it melts!
Soft vs. Hard Ice Creams:
How different are soft and hard ice creams? While they are made with the same ingredients, soft ice cream has less milk fat. It also has more air than hard ice cream. Both of these factors contribute to the ice cream being more delicate and smoother. The milk fats in the hard ice cream cause it to be firmer when frozen. Another difference is the temperatures the ice creams are kept frozen. Soft ice cream machines keep a temperature of -6°C. However, hard ice cream is kept at a temperature of -12°C. While that might not seem like a big difference, the evidence is in the ice creams.