August 2nd National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

Hey, why not have a sandwich today for a snack, oh and make it an ice cream sandwich so you can cool down at the same time! The original ice cream sandwich is credited to Jerry Newberg who served them up to the baseball fans at Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field in 1945. I am sure he deserves the credit but I’d bet the ice cream sandwich was invented by someone long before then. But who cares? As long as we offer up another reason to have an ice cream sandwich!

How to celebrate – Have an ice cream sandwich. Create your own version of an ice cream sandwich. Compare several boxes of ice cream sandwich’s to see which one you like best.

July 10th Teddy Bear Picnic Day

Who needs a reason to have a picnic? If you do, well use your teddy bear as an excuse, they need to be happy too.I’m not going to go into the history of the teddy bear, I already done that like a hundred times, Teddy Roosevelt, the Washington Post and so on… The idea of the picnic day apparently came from a 1950’s children’s television show called Teddy Bears’ Picnic. The sponsor was Pet Ice Cream who featured Brown Bear and Brown Mule ice cream treats. No reason we shouldn’t keep the idea alive these days!

How to celebrate – If you don’t have a teddy bear, get one. Pack a picnic lunch but keep in mind it probably needs to include peanut butter and honey to keep you teddy happy. If you happen to attract a real bear at your picnic… run !

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.

February 5th and 18th Ice Cream For Breakfast Day & Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day

Well there are technically 2 days in February around this theme. The 1st one in the month was created by Florence Rappaport, who had 6 kids, in the 1960’s and set on the first Saturday in February, which this year happens to be the fifth. The 2nd one is a day to bring awareness to childhood cancer. 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. Support childhood cancer centers.

February 5th and 18th Ice Cream For Breakfast Day & Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day

Well there are technically 2 days in February around this theme. The 1st one in the month was created by Florence Rappaport, who had 6 kids, in the 1960’s and set on the first Saturday in February, which this year happens to be the fifth. The 2nd one is a day to bring awareness to childhood cancer. 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. Support childhood cancer centers.

December 13th Ice Cream Day

Not to be confused with Ronald Reagan’s National Ice Cream Day which is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of July, today is simply, Ice Cream Day. Apparently no one claims it but still, ice ice cream, who can refuse!?! Ice Cream has been around for a long, long time. Recipes for ice cream date back to Christopher Columbus more than 250 years ago. So if you don;t like Columbus for all the any other reason you’ve at least got to give him some props for ice cream! The Ice Cream cone came along at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 invented by Charles E. Minches. Ice Cream began being sold commercially in Boston in 1851.

How to celebrate – Have some ice cream. Invent a new flavor of ice cream. Make your own home made ice cream (It’s really good that way.)

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.