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.
April 28th Cracker Day
Who doesn’t like a good cracker? They go with practically every food, are great for soups and dips and can serve as an emergency meal if required. The cracker seems to have been around for nearly as long as man has been eating. Crackers, called Hardtack, was a main staple of soldiers during the Civil War in both the Federal side and the Confederate side. There are basically three types of crackers, Soda Crackers, Graham Crackers and Snack Crackers.
How to celebrate – Set up a cracker tasting party. Make a charcuterie board. Figure out what a charcuterie board is.
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.
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!
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”.
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!