June 7th National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

So, what’s your favorite flavor of ice cream? Actually, it doesn’t matter since today is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day. Did you know that in it’s natural state, chocolate is actually very bitter? When the Europeans were introduced to chocolate here in the America’s the first thing they did was take it back to Europe and add sugar to it. Well anyway, it’s a day to have some chocolate ice cream even if your favorite is strawberry or butter pecan. Why… no one knows that either as the creator of this day never took credit but I am thinking maybe they had something to do with the chocolate industry.

How to celebrate – Have some chocolate ice cream. Try white chocolate ice cream! (It’s still chocolate) If you do not have chocolate ice cream add some chocolate syrup to your vanilla ice cream.

March 28th Something On A Stick Day

This is a simple day. It normally refers to something you eat being placed on a stick, supposedly so you can walk around eating it at a fair or a picnic or, well, where ever you find yourself walking around and eating something. It seems to best apply to meats, or ice cream, it is, after-all, a bit hard to put creamed corn on a stick (But you could if you froze it first.) Food just seems like something so much more fun to eat if it is on a stick.

How to celebrate – Eat something served on a stick. Come up with something new that you can serve on a stick. Remember a toothpick is considered a stick.

February 19th National Chocolate Mint Day

Well, if you like chocolate and you like mint it only seems natural to put them both together. Chocolate mint has probably been around since the day Columbus first sent chocolate back to Europe from the newly discovered Americas. (That’s the late 1400’s for those of you who forgot.) Oddly, the first chocolate mint chip was not created until 1973 by Marilyn Ricketts for Princess Anne to Captain Philips at Westminster Abbey. While chocolate is good by itself, the mint makes it a little more refreshing. You’ll find it in ice cream, cakes, cookies, cereal… you name it, you can usually find it.

How to celebrate – Have some chocolate mint. Create your own recipe for a chocolate mint something. Visit Westminster Abbey.

February 6th Ice Cream For Breakfast Day

February 6th Ice Cream For Breakfast Day

Today was created by Florence Rappaport in the 1960’s and set on the first Saturday in February, which this year happens to be the sixth. Most of us have cereal and milk for breakfast, and what is ice cream but milk normally with added sweet ingredients that might even be made out of cereal. So, nothing really all that odd about having ice cream for breakfast. Maybe even make it coffee flavored to get a complete breakfast in all in one bowl!

How to celebrate -Have some ice cream for breakfast today. You can try the Almond milk or Oat milk but I’m really not sure how that will work out. Throw and ice cream social breakfast.

December 13th Ice Cream Day

Today is the second day of the year to enjoy some ice cream. The first was declared by Ronald Reagan in 1984 on the 3rd Sunday of July. Because he was President it was called National Ice Cream Day. Well people got tired of waiting an entire year to have ice cream again so they created December 13th as Ice Cream Day. Since “they”, were not President it isn’t national but it is a second day to have ice cream which I guess is all that counts.

How to celebrate – Have some ice cream. Make some ice cream. Create a third ice cream day so we can all have it more than twice a year.

November 25th National Parfait Day

So what’s the difference in a parfait and a sundae? Heck if I know! A parfait is normally made with ice cream, whipped cream, flavoring syrups and nuts… a sundae is normally made with ice cream, whipped cream flavoring syrups and nuts. Oh, I know the difference! A parfait is served in a fancy cup… since it’s a fancy word for sundae it deserves being served in a fancy glass. Well, fancy glass or not you deserve something special today, I have no idea why but you do, so treat yourself.

How to celebrate – Have a parfait today. Make some sort of an original parfait today… maybe use vegetables. Try yogurt in place of ice cream, it doesn’t make it healthier as once thought but it makes it creamy.

August 25th National Banana Split Day

This must have really been a major event when it happened, the first Banana Split. It was created in 1904 in Latrobe, PA by David Strickler, a 23 year old soda jerk at Tassel Pharmacy at 805 Ligonier St. I am sort of surprised they did not include the hour, minute and second it was created. Still, I guess it was sort of a big deal… after all, who doesn’t know what a banana split is!?! The average banana split has between 850 – 1500 calories, although I am sure you can increase those numbers if you choose. But who cares… once you have decided to have a banana split there’s no stopping you from getting it!

How to celebrate – Have a banana split. Try and invent your own ice cream dish, maybe like a carrot whole. Visit Latrobe, PA.

August 14th National Creamsicle Day

During the summer months I have a hard time choosing between a popsicle, made of ice, and a bowl of ice cream, made out of… well cream. Both are refreshing, cold and perfect for a hot summer day. So, why not have both!?! The perfect blend of ice and ice cream blended into one and generally served up on a stick! I think the first of these was the orange creamsicle, though I have no proof of that. Now there are dozens of flavors and probably more to come! I do wonder though, which part melts first… the ice cream or the ice?

How to celebrate – Have a creamsicle. Invent your own type of creamsicle. Cool down a hot summer day.

August 2nd National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

Ice cream between a cookie, what a perfect food! Sure, it’s not all that healthy for us but it’s good so who cares! The ice cream sandwich has been around since the early 1900’s and like most food inventions, it was probably done by mistake. Today all sorts of combinations are available, split pea ice cream between two kale cookies, yum! But nothing will ever beat the simple vanilla ice cream between two chocolate cookies. It’s portable, refreshing and filling.

How to celebrate – Have an ice cream sandwich! Invent your own flavor of ice cream sandwich. See how many types of ice cream sandwiches you can name.

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.