May 15th Chocolate Chip Day

Chocolate Chips are a wonderful addition to cookies, muffins, cakes and pies… just about any kind of dessert and even in some cereals! Chocolate chips were created in 1937 by Ruth Graves Wakefield who was preparing cookies at the Toll House Inn. Back then, they really weren’t the chips we know today, rather they were actually chips broken off blocks of chocolate, since then… they have been shaped and created in drops, or chips, for use in a number of different ways.

How to celebrate – Learn how to make your own chocolate chips. Create a new use for chocolate chips. Just eat chips straight out of the bag… who needs the cookie!

December 18th Bake Cookies Day

There is absolutely nothing like the scent of a home when someone is baking cookies to get you ready for the holidays. In fact, some candle companies are capturing that scent in candles so that you can have the smell without having to actually bake the cookies, but who wants to smell them if you can’t eat them!?! Really the smell of most foods as they are being cooked are inviting and make a house a home, but cookies seem to welcome everyone no matter where you live.

How to celebrate – Bake some cookies today. Give some cookies to friends and neighbors to help brighten their day. Try and invent some new sort of cookie, maybe a Brussel sprout cheese cookie.

October 1st National Homemade Cookies Day

It’s getting to be that season again where the houses fill with the aroma of the coming holidays and nothing fills those senses better than to smell homemade cookies baking in the oven. They always seem to taste better than the store bought cookies and seem to put people in a more joyful attitude. I guess it reminds us of the old days when grandma use to bake her cookies and we’d get them fresh off the rack still warm and chewy. Ah, that’s when you know life is good.

How to celebrate – Bake some cookies today. Research your families favorite cookies. Make some cookies for the neighbors.

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 😁)