Vanilla Ice Cream Day
July 23, 2013 in the World

Vanilla Ice Cream Day is observed on July 23, 2013. In North America and Europe the most common use of vanilla flavoring is for ice cream, and many people consider it to be the “default” or “plain” flavour. Sales in ice cream parlors are more variable, as new flavours come and go, but about three times as many people call vanilla their favorite compared to chocolate, the runner-up.

Ice cream may be flavored by artificial or natural vanilla flavoring. Artificial flavorings contain 100% vanillin, the main factor that contributes to natural vanilla extract’s flavor. Natural vanilla extract may also contain nearly 200 more compounds in addition to vanillin. If vanillin from natural vanilla is used then the product is called “vanilla flavored ice cream”. If the ice cream used artificial vanillin then it is labelled as an “artificially flavored vanilla ice-cream”.

Where is Vanilla Ice Cream Day?
Worldwide

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Five-Minute Vanilla Ice Cream Pie with Warm Berry Compote
Make this pie the night before—it takes just minutes to put together. If you don’t want to think that far ahead, serve the sauce over scoops of ice cream.

Ingredients:

•1 quart vanilla ice cream, slightly softened
•1 (9-inch) purchased chocolate-cookie pie crust or graham-cracker pie crust
•1/3 cup purchased chocolate syrup (in squirt bottle)
•2 tablespoons toasted almonds, chopped
•2 (6-ounce) containers blueberries
•2 (6-ounce) containers raspberries
•2 (6-ounce) containers blackberries
•2 tablespoons water
•2 tablespoons brown sugar

Preparation:

•Spoon ice cream into crust; smooth top. Squeeze chocolate sauce in straight lines over pie, spacing 1/2 inch apart. Draw tip of knife through chocolate lines, forming chevron pattern. Sprinkle with almonds; freeze until firm. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead; keep frozen. Let pie soften slightly before serving.

•Just before serving, bring all berries, 2 tablespoons water, and brown sugar to simmer in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until sauce thickens, stirring gently, about 4 minutes; remove from heat. Cut pie into wedges; place on plates. Spoon warm sauce over.