It's National Ice Cream Day! How much do you know about the sweet treat?

Philadelphia has a long history with ice cream.

Hadas Kuznits
July 14, 2018 - 10:00 pm
National Ice Cream Day

Hadas Kuznits | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Sunday is National Ice Cream Day, and Philadelphia has a long history with this sweet treat.

Alex Strange is a sixth generation employee at Bassett's Ice Cream, and he knows his Philadelphia ice cream history.

"The ice cream soda, also known as the root beer float, was invented here in 1874," Strange said. "Mister Softee started here in Philadelphia in 1956. The Choco Taco was invented here in 1984. Nancy Johnson here in Philadelphia invented the ice cream freezer before modern refrigeration."

He says July is the most popular month for ice cream and on National Ice Cream Day, there's one flavor he suspects most people will be eating.

"Sales say vanilla," Strange said.

But when asked for their favorite flavor, ice cream lovers told KYW Newsradio they enjoyed everything from the classic chocolate and strawberry to more exotic Guatemalan ripple and Heath Bar.

Some customers said they preferred to their ice cream in a cone or a cup, while others said they liked it in a glass.

"Yeah, it tastes better," said one woman. "It's not even all that serious. You just get the ice cream and then you just eat it!"

But no matter the flavor or how it's eaten, all agreed that ice cream is a refreshing treat that's tough to beat on a hot summer day.