The day that’s sweeter than basking in fresh summer fruits is coming up on Sunday.
National Ice Cream Day is marking its 33rd anniversary this year, and there’s a presidential scoop behind this national food day. Proclamation 5219 declared that more than 887,000 gallons of ice cream were consumed in the United States in 1983. President Ronald Reagan recognized Americans’ love affair with ice cream and the impact it has on the dairy industry and the economy. So the following year, he designated July as National Ice Cream Month, and the third Sunday of the month became National Ice Cream Day.
“I call upon the people of the United States to observe these events with appropriate ceremonies and activities,” Mr. Reagan said as he signed the bill.
Here are some cool deals that you can find Sunday at ice cream joints in the Pittsburgh area:
Betsy’s Ice Cream, 664 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon; 412-668-0379: It’s renowned for its Pittsburgh Pride, cake batter ice cream with brownie bits, Oreo cookies and a chocolate swirl, but on Sunday children of all ages can order kid cones in any of its 28 flavors for only $1 from noon to 2 p.m.; no other purchase necessary. Classics such as vanilla, chocolate and strawberry will be available, as well as chocolate caramel salted pretzel, black raspberry chip, lavender red raspberry, salted almond, Mexican chocolate and Just Peachy. Vegan and sorbet options are also available.
Carol’s Confections, 125 W. Station Square Drive, South Side; 412-391-1234: Milkshakes will be 10 percent off on Sunday. With 24 ice cream flavors to choose from and four scoops per shake, patrons can mix and experiment with flavors such as chocolate, cookies ’n’ cream, cookie dough, vanilla, peanut butter cup, peanut butter cookie dough, caramel, minty mint chip, bitter brownie batter, birthday cake, cotton candy and pistachio.
Cold Stone Creamery, 5800 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill; 412-422-2291: With any in-store purchase, ice cream lovers will receive a free mini waffle to go with their sweet craving. This cannot be combined with any other offer.
Crafton Ice Cream Delite, 38 W. Steuben St., Crafton, 412-458-4097: Kids under 5 years old can enjoy a free chocolate, vanilla or twist cone with another purchase in store starting Sunday through the end of the month.
Mercurio’s, 5523 Walnut St., Shadyside; 412-621-6220: Instead of typically opening at 1 p.m. on Sunday, it will open at noon. As always, patrons can stop in and sample a variety of gelato flavors.
Millie’s, 260 Forbes Ave., Downtown: Millie’s is opening its new location Downtown on Sunday. Get there while supplies last because the new location will hand out small sugar cones of its popular birthday cake ice cream for free; no purchase is necessary. It also will serve ice cream in its famous homemade waffle cones featuring new flavors such as roasted peach ice cream, a peach sorbet grilled in balsamic vinegar, cherry pie that is mixed with baked pie crust, blueberry sorbet, and its returning blueberry ice cream with lime curd and graham crackers. Staple flavors such as Chad’s vanilla, chocolate, Vietnamese coffee, coconut-lime sorbet, salted caramel and peanut butter will be available. Millie's other location is at 232 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside; 412-404-8853.
Pittsburgh Ice Cream Co., 435 Market St., Downtown; 412-729-2697: Whether you’re on your way to the Pirates game or just finished with the free yoga class in Market Square, stop by the store from noon to 1 p.m. for a free sugar cone of your favorite scoop. Flavors include but are not limited to strawberry, cherry, chocolate, blueberry-basil sorbet and a special preview of its new flavor, which will be at Picklesburgh later this summer, lemon jalapeno.
Rita’s, 3712 Fifth Ave., Oakland, 412-621-6423: In addition to having a mobile cart during the Vintage Grand Prix where it will serve Italian ice to attendees in Schenley Park, Rita’s will add free sprinkles on any purchase of its custard in either a cone or a cup. Flavors include vanilla, chocolate or an all-time crowd pleaser, the vanilla and chocolate twist.
Scoops on The Blvd., 719 Brookline Blvd., Brookline; 412-561-9982: Whether it’s a kids cone or a single, double or triple scoop of your favorite flavor, all cone or cup purchases are $1 off at any of its locations. But in the Mt. Lebanon location (311 Beverly Road), you can try its most popular flavor — blue moon or “a mystery,” as ice cream lovers call it.
Sinful Sweets, 539 Liberty Ave., Downtown; 412-720-1381: Racking up a couple of deals, Sinful Sweets offers a free waffle cone upgrade with any purchase or a buy one and get one free scoop of any of its flavors. You don’t want to miss out on its popular cannoli, red velvet or coffee toffee on Sunday. The sweet shop also will give folks one free chocolate Oreo with any purchase.
Sugar & Spice, 5200 Clairton Blvd., Pleasant Hills; 412-882-7326: Instead of purchasing one hot fudge sundae for $4.21 not including tax, you can purchase two sundaes for only $7 in store only. So step back in time as you satisfy your sweet cravings with homemade hard ice cream. Also try flavors that’ll excite your taste buds such as grasshopper, butter almond, hot fudge moon pie, scooter crunch or salty caramel marshmallow chip.
Fitale Wari: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1130.