National Ice Cream Day at Spinnaker Bay

Ice Cream Day

It makes bad days better, and good days great: there’s nothing better than some creamy, delicious ice cream. After all, you can’t buy happiness, but you can buy ice cream! July 19th is National Ice Cream Day, so it’s the perfect excuse to indulge and beat the heat by enjoying a cool treat. There are lots of great, local ice cream shops in Baltimore, so make sure to celebrate by picking up your favorite flavor or trying something new.

The Inside Scoop on National Ice Cream Day

National Ice Cream Day was started by President Ronald Reagan in 1984 as a way to commemorate our favorite frozen dessert and celebrate the work of the American dairy industry. After all, ice cream is a quintessential American dessert—we lead the world when it comes to eating this frozen delight, enjoying 23 gallons a year on average.

Local Ice Cream Shops

Like your Cookies n’ Creme to be a little bit Rock n’ Roll? Rolled ice cream is a cool spin on the dessert we know and love. Roll Ice Cream and Coffee has two locations, one in Mount Vernon and one in Highlandtown. They have a fresh rotation of flavors each month. This month, try “I Yam What I Yam,” ube ice cream with house-made confetti cake and cotton candy crunch, topped with fresh whipped cream and sprinkles, or “Soooo Basic,” sweet cream ice cream mixed with pumpkin pie filling and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. They also offer locally-roasted craft coffee, so you can get your caffeine fix and your ice cream fix all-in-one.

Fell’s Point Creamery has homemade ice cream, milkshakes and smoothies just a quick walk from your Spinnaker Bay apartment. Enjoy waterfront views as you eat one (or two or three) of their wide variety of delicious flavors and toppings.

David and Lauren, the founders of The Charmery in Federal Hill, are Maryland natives who travelled the world to research the industry. Then, they brought back everything they learned to our home state, and we sure are glad they did! For the freshest possible taste, they source ingredients from local farmers and producers, so every purchase is as good for the community as it is for your taste buds.

Another ice cream shop that is close to home and close to our hearts is Bmore Licks, conveniently located in Canton. Did you know they are the only shop in Maryland that offers more than 100 flavors of handmade soft serve ice cream? Plus, they have over 30 handmade hard ice cream flavors to choose from. There are also always at least two non-dairy, vegan-friendly options available. We suggest following their motto, “more is more,” and piling on toppings to your heart’s content.

More Ways to Ice Cream

For luxurious ice cream in a hurry, head to Haagen Daz, right across the street from Spinnaker Bay. Get a freshly-made scoop, sundae or shake of your favorite classic flavor from the world-renowned brand. You can also head to the new Whole Foods in Harbor East. They have a great selection of pints to pick up, but we recommend the self-serve mochi bar. If you haven’t tried them yet, you’re sure to love these little balls of ice cream covered in sweet rice dough.

Feeling adventurous? Making your own ice cream is a perfect socially-distant, but still fun, activity. Check out this no-churn recipe from Maryland-based blogger Sally McKenney. It only requires a few ingredients and you don’t need any special equipment. We hope your National Ice Cream Day is delicious! If you take any photos of your ice cream, make sure to share them with us on our social media pages.