July 23rd Vanilla Ice Cream Day

It has to be summer, every other day seems to celebrate ice cream in one way or another! Today, it is the simplest form of ice cream, vanilla. It is probably the first flavoring added to ice cream, although it could have been chocolate as well. The thing is, it’s the flavor that goes with anything or on top of anything. Cake, pie, fruit… well just about anything you can think of goes with vanilla ice cream. It can even serve as coffee creamer if need be. It comes from the the vanilla bean which is actually used to flavor many different things. There is something refreshing about vanilla ice cream and what better to get us through the “dog days'” of summer.

How to celebrate – Have a bowl of vanilla ice cream. Make a root beer float! Enjoy your summer.

February 19th National Chocolate Mint Day

If you like chocolate and mint, this is your day. I am pretty sure that someone, one day, added mint to their chocolate and a new flavor was invented. People liked it so much that even botanists were able to mix a chocolate plant with a mint plant and create a naturally growing chocolate mint plant – well at least that’s how I think it started. I do like chocolate mint. Just like any flavoring I think maybe we get a bit carried away with its use, but that said, it is refreshing and makes a good thing perhaps a little better.

How to celebrate – See how many things you can name made with chocolate mint. Try different types of mint with your chocolate. Add a chocolate mint plant to your garden.

July 23rd National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

Wow, another ice cream day in the middle of summer, would have thought! Today we celebrate vanilla as our flavor of choice. It is second only to chocolate but we would probably not even have chocolate if not for vanilla. Vanilla ice cream also lends itself to any flavoring you want to add to it, butterscotch, chocolate, strawberry and practically any fruit you can imagine. You simply start with something that tastes great as it is and then you can add to it. Vanilla seems to go with just about any other taste you may be savoring. All great taste starts somewhere and vanilla ice cream seems to be the place to start with desserts, snacks or just for the everyday treat.

How to celebrate – Have some vanilla ice cream. Make ice cream sundaes. Make an ice cream soda (float) starting with, of course, vanilla ice cream!

July 1st Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day

July 1st Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day

There was a time, oh so long ago, when we had to suffer through life with only the 28 flavors of ice cream that Howard Johnson’s served up. They had more than 28 flavors even then but they only had  room for 28 flavors in their concession stand. Of course you still had to wait for an hour while someone figured out what flavor they wanted but it was no where as long as you have to wait today. And the flavors weren’t nearly as tempting then as they are today with flavors like barley, road kill and moon dust. Who knows how many flavors there actually are? I’m not sure that a cheeseburger flavored ice cream still qualifies as a dessert? It’s all so confusing…

How to celebrate – Invent your own flavor of ice cream. See how many flavors of ice cream you can name. Just have a bowl of ice cream and don’t worry about it.

July 1st National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day

Well we’ve been over this before. Nothing more refreshing than a nice bowl of ice cream over the long, hot summer days. However, that said, it can get boring eating the same old flavors over and over. Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry… they are all nice but boring after the first hundred or two bowls full. So it’s time to get creative!

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First, you need to make ice c ream and here is a recipe (or two) to follow. You can start with any flavor you want, but it is probably best to start with vanilla because other flavoring may over power anything you add to it. Then follow the rest of the recipe adding your favorite flavors.

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Now realize, you are going to have to go some to beat out other flavors already on the market. You might even consider adding food coloring to the mixture to get creative that way. I have yet to see a steak flavored ice cream or a chicken Florentine treat, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t out there.

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And a lot of ice creams are being flavored with alcohol these days but remember that some additives may require extra freezing time since they contain ingredients that do not easily freeze. And make sure you aren’t adding flavors that might cause someone to get sick. or may be allergic to.

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How to celebrate – Howard Johnson came up with 28 flavors they kept on hand at all times. How many of those flavors can you name? See if you can create an ice cream dish out of your favorite food. Throw an ice cream flavoring party.