June 20th Ice Cream Soda Day

It was back in 1874 when the first ice cream soda was created, we think. Robert M. Green put ice cream in soda at a Philadelphia event for the Franklin Institute. Since then there have been more variations than Carter has pills (Another story for another time) where nearly every flavor of ice cream and soda have been mixed and matched. Probably still the favorite of all time, the Black Cow, or root beer float, has been served on those hot summer days when a cool refreshment just seems the right thing to do.

How to celebrate – Have an ice cream soda. Invent your own flavor of ice cream soda. Visit the Franklin Institute.

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!