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.

July 21st National Junk Food Day

It’s funny what we consider junk food and what we don’t. The real definition of junk food is something we eat that has no nutritional value. Except that most everything has some nutritional value, albeit some have very, very little value. And what is junk food to one person is not to another. When I looked up junk food I found many items including the hamburger, which granted is not the best food available to us, but in many places it would be a step up from the normal diet. All that aside, today is a day you can eat junk food without guilt (or at least in theory anyway).

How to celebrate – Have some junk food. Make a list of things you consider junk food. Forget the diet for today.

July 19 National Ice Cream Day

The 3rd Sunday in July, National Ice Cream Day since Ronald Reagan proclaimed it so in 1984. He also proclaimed July National Ice Cream month. So, in short, I think we can conclude that Reagan liked ice cream! But then… who doesn’t! It is comfort food that kids and adults enjoy alike. Ice Cream has been around since 200 BC, naturally in China. The only thing amazing to me is that it took so long to create a National Ice Cream Day! No it’s not particularly healthy and there are some people who are allergic to it, but for those of us who aren’t today is the day to indulge in a little delight and it is so appropriate it comes in the dead of summer.

How to celebrate – Have some ice cream. Throw and ice cream party! See how many flavors of ice cream you can list.

June 7th National Frozen Yogurt Day

Yogurt has been around nearly as long as history has been recorded. Yogurt is the bacterial fermentation of milk, yum! Good thing we call it yogurt because I think a lot of us might not eat it otherwise! Though many enjoy it as is, others prefer to add fruit or flavoring to it for a better taste. I am among the latter. Someone got the great idea of freezing it and treating it as ice cream, great on these coming hot days of summer. The day was created by The Country’s Best Yogurt (TCBY) in 1993 on the first Sunday in June. It is a healthier choice, though maybe not as healthy as originally thought.

How to celebrate – Have some bacterial fermented milk on a stick! Add your favorite fruit to your yogurt. Make yogurt a part of your summer.

June 2nd National Rocky Road Day

It seems only appropriate that since yesterday was National Trails Day you celebrate today by having a big bowl of Rocky Road ice cream! Naturally after eating it you will need to take another walk in nature afterwards. You can easily make your own Rocky Road ice cream by adding nuts, either almonds or pecan, mini marshmallows and semisweet chocolate chunks to vanilla ice cream. Today though, we generally just make Rocky Road ice cream by starting with chocolate ice cream. Is it fattening? You bet it is but who cares!?!

How to celebrate – Have a bowl of Rocky Road ice cream. Make your own Rocky Road adding whatever you choose like cherries or other berries. Throw an ice cram party.

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.