April 18th National Animal Crackers Day
Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my… oh and Elephants too. These were the most common early on animal crackers. Animal crackers have been a child favorite snack since the 1800’s when they were produced and exported from the UK. Eventually they began to be produced in the US as well and in 1902 they featured the Barnum’s and Bailey’s Circus Wagon as a container with circus animals making up the majority of the critters inside. They even became popular for children’s Bingo chips at one point. Today Nabisco makes the Animal Crackers we all know and love. Of course, there are numerous animals now and the circus wagon has become a thing of the past. There are new and different flavors to try along with the shapes but they still remain one of children’s favorite snacks of all times.
How to celebrate – Buy some Animal Crackers. Learn how to make your own animal crackers. Try playing Animal Crackers Bingo!
You can’t go to the movies without wanting popcorn. (That is if you can even get in the theater) Popcorn has become a world wide treat that if you serve without all the butter and extra toppings isn’t all that bad for you! Of course, most of us like it that way. Today was created by Bob Matthews of Rochester, NY in 2012. It is always the 2nd Thursday of the month to celebrate Bob, and his wife, having popcorn every Thursday as a snack. The original date was in January but somehow it got changed to March, maybe the popper wasn’t working right.
How to celebrate – Have some popcorn! Try out all the new salts and flavorings you can add to popcorn these days. Have popcorn while watching you favorite home movies.
Did you know that over 9 billion pieces of candy corn are eaten a year!?! Did you know that since it is made from corn syrup, honey and sugar it contains no fat? Did you know that candy corn was originally named “Chicken Feed”? Does any of this really matter to you? George Renninger created candy corn for the Wunderle Candy Company sometime in the 1880’s in Philadelphia, PA. Today Candy Corn is manufactured by the Jelly Belly Company, producing 1,200 kernels per second.
How to celebrate – Get some candy corn. Try planting your candy corn. (I bet you grow ants) Find your own candy to celebrate fall with.
Cereal, nuts, m&ms, raisins, dried fruit, pretzels, dried vegetables… in fact nearly anything you can think of can be included in your own personal trail mix! The idea behind trail mix is pretty obvious, to provide you with energy as you walk along the great trails of the world. We need to replace some of the calories we burn when we do extended exercise. Since the idea of being on the trail is longer than say even a football game, we need something to sustain us and it has to be easy to carry, easy to eat and quick reacting. It helps if it tastes good too! And to be honest, you don’t have to be on a trail to eat… though that’s good for you too! (Though it might be tough to eat your trail mix through a mask.)
How to celebrate – Buy some trail mix. Make your own trail mix. Go for a walk.
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.
The summer fruit. It’s 90% water, for which I think it gets it’s name and makes it the summer fruit. It’s like drinking a glass of water while eating a sweet fruit. It’s fun to eat as well, just ask any kid! It has become a regular part of our summer day, just like the heat and bright sunny skies. I remember planting some watermelon and not realizing it grew on a vine. Well the vines started over taking my yard and as the melons grew my 300 pound Mastiff dog became more and more frightened of these invaders from another planet. He would bark and bark at the melons, so much so, that we had to get rid of them.
How to celebrate – Enjoy some watermelon. Plant some watermelon but give it room to grow! Try some with salt to bring out even more flavor.
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.
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.
Something so simple but so rewarding, so comforting, so enjoyable. Who doesn’t like a sugar cookie? Okay, well there are some of you who don’t but most of us do. That and a glass of milk make for the perfect treat. They work for nearly every holiday, can come in any color, shape or size and nearly always bring a smile to one’s face. There is also nothing like walking into a house where sugar cookies are being baked, the scent fills the air and can change a sour mood into a good mood almost instantly. Maybe what the world needs now is a huge sugar cookie that everyone can enjoy.
How to celebrate – Bake some sugar cookies. Throw a sugar cookie party. Share some sugar cookies with your neighbors (keeping in mind social distancing, of course 😁)
Popcorn is always a good snack, and in most cases, it’s a healthier snack as well. Of course that means not adding a lot of salt and butter, even though it makes it so much better. Perhaps add caramel and make it even less healthier, but oh so,so,so much better. Cracker Jacks got it right though, caramel popcorn and peanuts, two of America’s favorite treats combined (and of course that treasured surprise!) It seems that salty/sweet snacks have drawn great interests as of late (they probably always did but we lacked the way to combine them). Today is the day to enjoy yourself, forget the diets and health foods, and have some caramel popcorn.
How to celebrate – Have some caramel popcorn. Learn how to make your own caramel popcorn. Buy some Cracker Jacks.