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.

December 17, 2019 – National Maple Syrup Day

America is falling in love with Maple Syrup. Well, it’s not actually a new thing, we have been using it for years on our pancakes and waffles, but we are now finding different uses for it. They have been making maple syrup cookies forever as well, Canada has even used the maple tree leaf to indicate their country! Now we use maple syrup for a number of things people may not commonly recognize. It is a sweetener and so anything you want sweeter than in it’s normal state. An ice cream topper, as sugar for cereal, it all sorts of candy and just about anything you an imagine. If you haven’t tried it, you should. It is healthier and frankly even sweeter.

How to celebrate – Stock up on Maple Syrup. Try maple syrup on things you might normally add sugar to. Visit Canada.

December 13th Ice Cream Day

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! Who doesn’t like ice cream!?! Oddly I found most of the information on today was about the ice cream cone… then why isn’t it Ice Cream Cone Day? Ronald Reagan proclaimed July National Ice Cream month so, how did today end up in December? Maybe it’s because ice cream is good any time, any place! Anyway, Charles E. Minchef is credited with serving the first ice cream cone on July 23rd, 1904 (again, this is December!) though his claim was challenged by Italo Marchiony from New York City who had been serving lemon ice in New York City since 1896. However, lemon ice may, or may not, have been ice cream! And what does all this have to do with Ice Cream Day and December? I don’t know and I don’t care.

How to celebrate – Have some ice cream. Figure out your favorite flavor of ice cream. Thank Thomas Jefferson who introduced ice cream to America.

November 25th National Parfait Day

You could have pie, or cake, or any type of dessert today but why not have a parfait? Normally made with layers of ice cream, whipped cream and fruit it really can be made with any flavoring you choose. It can also be made with yogurt. We tend to think that if it is made with yogurt it is healthier but it really isn’t. And it doesn’t have to be fruit either, it can be nuts, granola, seeds… you name it. The general idea is to layer your dessert for different tastes with every bite. This might not be exactly a historic day or even a very important day, unless you are in the dairy industry. You can be different as well, try a parfait with veggies and cheese, meat and potatoes or even bits of candy. It is your parfait, make it your way.

How to celebrate – Have a parfait. Make a pumpkin parfait for Thanksgiving! Experiment with your parfait.

August 2nd National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

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.

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!