August 2nd National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

What’s better than Ice Cream!?! An Ice Cream Sandwich! It’s like having milk and cookies at the exact same time! Ice cream sandwiches use to be a simple affair, vanilla ice cream between two chocolate wafers. Today, it’s gotten a whole lot more complicated but it’s still just as good and refreshing. I even saw a ice cream sandwich made with butter pecan ice cream in the middle, never saw that before! (Though I am told it wasn’t to the eater’s taste) You can have banana split ice cream sandwiches, chocolate ice cream sandwiches… well, you name it and if their is ice cream made in that flavor you can make an ice cream sandwich of it! Ice cream sandwiches have been around since the early 1900’s!

How to celebrate – Have an ice cream sandwich. Get some pancakes and put some maple flavored ice cream in between them and have breakfast! Have an Ice Cream Sandwich Social.

April 18th National Animal Crackers Day

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!

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.

December 18th Bake Cookies Day

It seems like when ever holidays get close we start thinking about baking cookies. Christmas-cookies, birthdays-cookies, Valentines Day-cookies, Halloween-cookies, April Fool’s Day-cookies. Well, they don’t have to be good cookies for April Fool’s Day, in fact maybe if they were bad that could be your gag for April Fool’s Day, literally! It seems like we celebrate we like to have cookies around. So why shouldn’t we have a holiday about the things that make us feel good, like cookies!

How to celebrate – Bake some cookies. Eat some cookies. Make everyday a new holiday, no matter how bizarre!

October 1st National Homemade Cookie Day

Love cookies!?! Can’t get out to get them from the store!?! Well, make them yourself! There is nothing like the smell of baking cookies in the house except maybe taking a warm cookie coming out of the oven and dunking it in a glass of milk. Today is the day to make those cookies the whole family enjoys, or even if you just enjoy them yourself. You can choose the flavor, size and shape of the cookie, how much it is cooked and who gets them. Bake them from scratch, or from a package, it doesn’t really matter.

How to celebrate – Bake some cookies! Try to invent a new type of cookie. Try and name as many types of cookies as you can.

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 9th National Sugar Cookie Day

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 😁)

August 4th National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

August 4th National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

It’s hard to believe that the chocolate chip cookie did not exist before Ruth Graves invented it in Wakefield, Mass in 1938. She and her husband owned an Inn in Wakefield called the Toll House Inn and the cookies, well they were called Toll House Cookies. People loved them and soon Nestle decided to buy out Ruth’s recipe and make it their own. It has since seemed to work out well for all concerned, particularly those that eat them! It does make me wonder though, did she get the idea and make them, or did they happen like so many inventions, by accident. We may never know, but who cares!

How to celebrate – Make some chocolate chip cookies! Buy some chocolate chip cookies. Visit the original Toll House Inn.

July 9th National Sugar Cookie Day

Don’t you love the smell of cookies baking in your home? And it seems that the easiest cookie to make is the sugar cookie. The sugar cookie has been with us for a long long time. It may be one of the oldest cookies known to mankind. Since we learned how to cookie dough and add sugar to it we have had the sugar cookie. And sometimes, the less complicated the better. Now we all realize the joy of cookies in the oven at Christmas time but why not have them during the summer as well? After-all, we celebrate Christmas in July so why not cookies in July as well! I think Julius Caesar would approve and after all, July is named for him so who would have more say?

How to celebrate – Bake some cookies today. Buy some sugar cookies. Celebrate Christmas in July.

December 18th Bake Cookies Day

With Christmas coming up it is the time of the year to fill the house with the scent of joy. Nothing spells out, or smells out, the scent of cookies baking to bring the family together, not just at Christmas but all year round.

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Some believe that it is the scent of cookies cooking that brings Santa to your house in the first place. Who knows, maybe they are right! After-all, the scent of the cookies baking will waft out the chimney and into the neighborhood and Santa follows that scent down the chimney to get his reward.

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It doesn’t really matter what flavor you use, chocolate chip, sugar, peanut butter… they are all good. You can decorate them for the holidays, or serve them plain… they are going to disappear really fast either way.

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And for many, making them is as much fun as eating them. Maybe it’s the anticipation, the togetherness of preparing or just sitting around waiting for them to cook… it seems to bring out the best in everyone.

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So get out the cookie cutters, the chocolate chips, the dough and whatever you need and get started! Make some cookies for everyone in your family, your neighbors and your friends.

How to celebrate – Make some cookies. Buy scented candles and imitate the scent of baking cookies. Buy a new set of cookie cutters.