August 10th National S’mores Day
Got some chocolate candy? Grahams crackers? Marshmallows? If you do, you’ve got the makings for S’mores. S’mores were created sometime in the 1920’s supposedly by the Campfire Girls. It amazes me how long it took people to figure out the uses for chocolate. The chocolate chip cookie, s’mores… wow, what were they waiting for? They say you can even make them in a microwave in 12 seconds but why? Get your act together and make a campfire and make them the right way, like the Campfire Girls of old! Sometimes you just can’t beat the old ways of doing things!
How to celebrate – Go camping so you can make some S’mores! Become a Girl Scout to properly celebrate today. Make your own S’mores by adding whatever you feel might improve something already pretty darn good!
August 4th National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
How to celebrate – Make some chocolate chip cookies! Buy
some chocolate chip cookies. Visit the original Toll House Inn.
Now here’s a day practically everyone of us can get behind. Ice cream wedged between two wafers of some sort, normally chocolate cake like cookies. Of course it doesn’t have to be chocolate, it can be any flavor you want it to be, and the ice cream, while normally vanilla, can be any flavor you want it to be as well. In fact, with all the new flavors of ice cream, you can make it nearly a real sandwich, like broccoli ice cream sandwiched between two pieces of lettuce. Might be good but it’s still an ice cream sandwich. (Oddly, the ice cream sandwich predates things like the chocolate chip cookie and s’mores). The world has been enjoying ice cream sandwiches since the 1900’s.
How to celebrate – Have n ice cream sandwich. make your own ice cream sandwiches. Have an ice cream sandwich party with different flavors.
The 3rd Sunday of July has been dedicated by Ronald Reagan, in 1984, as National Ice Cream Day. Who doesn’t like ice cream, that is unless you are allergic to dairy. Apparently ice cream being put into a cone was another of the creations at the 1904 World Fair, seems a lot of new things came out of that event. But it likely isn’t true. Lemon flavored ice was being served in Italy in the late 1800’s in cones of some sort. Ice cream has gone through a lot of changes over the year. It’s gotten creamier, colder and the flavors are anything you can imagine putting in milk. I remember back when Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry were the only flavors readily available. Then came all the other flavors including bacon, avocado and even chicken! I am not sure I really want to taste any of those flavors but if that’s your thing… have at it! And oddly, ice cream, in moderation, really isn’t all that bad for you… the problem is, who can eat it in moderation!?!
How to celebrate – Have a bowl, or cone, of ice cream. Create your own flavor of ice cream. Get an ice cream maker and make ice cream when ever you want it.
For Christians today is the day Jesus arose from the dead showing that God could even defeat death. It is a great day of celebration as it should be. The cross and Empty Tomb is the symbol of Easter for Christians. While Easter Service is a tradition for most.
Other symbols and traditions have crept in. The day is filled with colorful eggs that are hidden so they smell really bad when you do actually find them, chocolate, jelly beans, and Peeps. Did you know that over 1.5 billion Peeps are sold yearly, most at Easter since it is also tied to the Goddess Eastre, who is symbolized as a bunny (funny how that worked out).
How to celebrate – Go to church. Hide Easter eggs. Celebrate the Resurrection with a family party.
Well, it seems like we tend to celebrate a lot of days that really aren’t all tat important. I don’t think i would put Chocolate Covered Raisins at the top of my list unless I were planning on playing Bridge today. Not that there is anything wrong with chocolate covered raisins, I do like them but I do not know that I would go as far as to actually celebrate them. On the other hand, they should, or could, be named a health food. After all, chocolate comes from the cocoa bean which is a vegetable and raisins are a fruit, so when we eat chocolate covered raisins we are eating our fruits and veggies! I just think the sugar involved here may sort of take it out of the range of most health foods. Still, it is a way to have something sweet and make the world think you are just being patriotic by eating them, after all it is national. Though I don’t think the government actually sees them that way.
How to celebrate – Have some chocolate covered raisins. Eat your fruit and vegetables. Play Bridge.
So some holidays are a little difficult to find something to write about. For me, this is one of those days. We are celebrating chocolate, a good thing, and mint, a good thing as well, and the mixture of them combines. The mint does make chocolate more refreshing, kind of cleansing the palate while eating something that covers up the taste of nearly everything else.
So, anything that can include, be made of, or calls for chocolate can have mint added to it. Ice creams comes to mind first, then hot chocolate. Andes Mints are all about the mint and chocolate of course.
Thus, adding mint to chocolate seems to be a natural progression or extension of something most of us think is pretty good anyway. Don;t question it, try to figure it out or even think too much on the subject… just accept it.
How to celebrate – Add some mint to your chocolate. Add some chocolate to your mint. Why isn’t peppermint made out of pepper?