August 25th National Banana Split Day

This must have really been a major event when it happened, the first Banana Split. It was created in 1904 in Latrobe, PA by David Strickler, a 23 year old soda jerk at Tassel Pharmacy at 805 Ligonier St (I am sort of surprised they did not include the hour, minute and second it was created). Still, I guess it was sort of a big deal… after all, who doesn’t know what a banana split is!?! The average banana split has between 850 – 1500 calories, although I am sure you can increase those numbers if you choose. But who cares… once you have decided to have a banana split there’s no stopping you from getting it!

How to celebrate – Have a banana split. Try to invent your own ice cream dish. Visit Latrobe, PA.

August 14th National Creamsicle Day

There is little as satisfying as a Creamsicle on a hot summer day. It is cold, fruity and with milk added smooth going down. The usual fruit flavor was orange but over the years many other flavors have been added. It is basically just a Popsicle with milk or cream added to it. It is also more filling than just a Popsicle since it is more than just frozen water. As a kid I use to have them all the time, not as much anymore but on the occasion I do have one they are just as much fun to eat.

How to celebrate – Have a Creamsicle. Invent your own flavor of Creamsicle. Have a good summer!

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.

July 18th National Ice Cream Day

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! Why would you ever reward someone for screaming? I guess the ice cream cools down you throat at least. Today was created by the “Gipper”, President Ronald Reagan on the 3rd Sunday of July in 1984. He also proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month at the same time! With as many flavors as are available today there is something for everyone. Only problem is keeping all those flavors in your ice box! Oh well… go to an ice cream parlor and determine your favorite and just bring that home.

How to celebrate – Figure out what your favorite flavor of ice cream is. Learn how to make your own ice cream, it’s sort of fun and always tastes better. Have a July ice cream party.

July 15th Cow Appreciation Day

We don’t often take the time to appreciate the little things around us, or in the case of a cow… the big things around us. I am talking about more than just hamburger here. There’s also Ice Cream! A cow can also keep your lawn mowed and create that path through your yard that you have been wanting to make for years. Just keep in mind that not everything is always about you, particularly today! Step aside so the cow in your life can have it’s day… and you can have a nice glass of ice cold milk while you wait for tomorrow.

How to celebrate – Take a cow to lunch today. (Any old grass field will do) Do a cow photography day, take as many pictures of cows as you can. Become a cow-boy or cow-girl.

July 1st Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day

Remember when Howard Johnson’s 28 flavors of ice cream just blew your mind! Well today there are probably 1,028 flavors, I haven’t actually counted. Some of them are really good, some not so much so. I’m not a real fan of taco flavored ice cream. I mean, I love tacos but not as an ice cream. But we all have our favorites, mine might be different than yours but that’s okay. I scream, you scream, we all scream for Old Tire flavored ice cream! (Who first tasted an old tire to know what it tasted like?)

How to celebrate – Try as many flavors of ice cream as you can find. Have an ice cream social now that we are beginning to be able to get back together again. Invent a new ice cream flavor of your own.

June 7th National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

So, what’s your favorite flavor of ice cream? Actually, it doesn’t matter since today is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day. Did you know that in it’s natural state, chocolate is actually very bitter? When the Europeans were introduced to chocolate here in the America’s the first thing they did was take it back to Europe and add sugar to it. Well anyway, it’s a day to have some chocolate ice cream even if your favorite is strawberry or butter pecan. Why… no one knows that either as the creator of this day never took credit but I am thinking maybe they had something to do with the chocolate industry.

How to celebrate – Have some chocolate ice cream. Try white chocolate ice cream! (It’s still chocolate) If you do not have chocolate ice cream add some chocolate syrup to your vanilla ice cream.

March 28th Something On A Stick Day

This is a simple day. It normally refers to something you eat being placed on a stick, supposedly so you can walk around eating it at a fair or a picnic or, well, where ever you find yourself walking around and eating something. It seems to best apply to meats, or ice cream, it is, after-all, a bit hard to put creamed corn on a stick (But you could if you froze it first.) Food just seems like something so much more fun to eat if it is on a stick.

How to celebrate – Eat something served on a stick. Come up with something new that you can serve on a stick. Remember a toothpick is considered a stick.

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.

February 6th Ice Cream For Breakfast Day

February 6th Ice Cream For Breakfast Day

Today was created by Florence Rappaport in the 1960’s and set on the first Saturday in February, which this year happens to be the sixth. Most of us have cereal and milk for breakfast, and what is ice cream but milk normally with added sweet ingredients that might even be made out of cereal. So, nothing really all that odd about having ice cream for breakfast. Maybe even make it coffee flavored to get a complete breakfast in all in one bowl!

How to celebrate -Have some ice cream for breakfast today. You can try the Almond milk or Oat milk but I’m really not sure how that will work out. Throw and ice cream social breakfast.