July 23rd National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

Wow, another ice cream day in the middle of summer, would have thought! Today we celebrate vanilla as our flavor of choice. It is second only to chocolate but we would probably not even have chocolate if not for vanilla. Vanilla ice cream also lends itself to any flavoring you want to add to it, butterscotch, chocolate, strawberry and practically any fruit you can imagine. You simply start with something that tastes great as it is and then you can add to it. Vanilla seems to go with just about any other taste you may be savoring. All great taste starts somewhere and vanilla ice cream seems to be the place to start with desserts, snacks or just for the everyday treat.

How to celebrate – Have some vanilla ice cream. Make ice cream sundaes. Make an ice cream soda (float) starting with, of course, vanilla ice cream!

June 20th National Ice Cream Soda Day

Seems like there are a lot of things developed for our refreshment during the summer months. In some cases it is really needed. At least Robert McCay Green needed it in 1874 when he ran out of ice to cool down his customers in Philadelphia, Pa.. There was a convention taking place in Philadelphia and Green was getting a lot of customers but he ran out of ice. Now hot soda is hot soda and doesn’t sell all that well so in order to keep the soda cold he added the only thing he had handy to cool them down, and that was ice cream.

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Now others have claimed to be the first to add ice cream to their sodas but this sounds the most convincing. The nice thing about the ice cream soda, or ice cream float as it was better known then, is that it can use any flavor soda and any flavor ice cream. For example, in the UK, the most popular ice cream soda is made with Coke!

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But there is little doubt that in America A & W Root Beer made the most popular ice cream soda. Root Beer soda and vanilla ice cream, better known as a “Black Cow”.

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But if you don’t like root beer, or you don’t like vanilla ice cream it is perfectly acceptable for you to make it out of anything you like. Cherry ice cream and Cream Soda, Chocolate ice cream and coffee soda, Strawberry ice cream and Mountain Dew. It’s your choice, cool down and enjoy yourself on any hot summer day.

How to celebrate – Fix yourself an ice cream float. Throw and ice cream float party. Experiment with different sodas and different ice creams until you find your very favorite. Then find a good name for it!