In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day. It’s a special day here in Massachusetts, where we double-dip every day of the year, even in freezing temperatures. And it was here in Greater Boston where ice cream innovators helped catapult ice cream from a mass-produced product to a handmade, artisanal specialty. Our guests talk to us about the ice cream revolution of "smush-ins," global culinary trends and even savory ice cream, and give us their take on why they think New England loves ice cream so much.
- Amy Ettinger, author of “Sweet Spot: An Ice Cream Binge Across America," available online and in stores. Follow Amy on Twitter.
- Judy Herrell, owner of Herrell’s Ice Cream, which holds a special place in ice cream history. Herrell’s flagship store is in Northampton, Mass., and there is also a Herrell’s in Huntington, N.Y. Follow Herrell's on Twitter. Find Herrell's on Facebook.
- Gus Rancatore, owner of Toscanini’s Ice Cream in Central Square in Cambridge, Mass. Follow Toscanini's on Twitter. Find Toscanini's on Facebook.
BONUS: Diet ice cream? Our guests discuss this latest trend.