March 24th National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day

I’m not sure that chocolate covered raisins need a national day of their own to be celebrated. Yes they taste good and are fun to eat, they may even be a little better for you than most treats (Maybe). But do they really deserve a day of their own to be singled out?! Well, I guess that’s your choice. I mean Raisinets seem to be popular at the movies or as a bridge mix. And there is the old excuse that chocolate comes from a vegetable and raisins are a fruit so it is sold as being healthy.

How to celebrate – Have some chocolate covered raisins. Go to the movies. Learn how to make your own chocolate covered raisins. (Not hard to do, get some raisins and cover them in chocolate)


February 19th National Chocolate Mint Day

You can put mint in nearly anything. Doesn’t mean it’s good but you still can pout it in anything. One combination they have found that works well is putting mint in chocolate. It does make it refreshing and lightens up that heavy chocolate taste with certain dishes. So that’s why someone came up with National Chocolate Mint Day. No one claims it but still, it didn’t just magically appear… or did it!?! Maybe it was Leprechauns or some magic dragon or something that came up with the idea. We may never know.

How to celebrate – Put some mint in your ice cream. Put some chocolate in your ice cream. Enjoy your chocolate mint ice cream!

January 27th Chocolate Cake Day

If you ask most people what cake they like best the normal reply will be to be fair, there are many, many version of chocolate cake and people who like one generally like them all. It doesn’t even seem to matter much whether it’s milk chocolate, dark chocolate or white chocolate… if you like chocolate, you pretty much like chocolate! The first chocolate cake did not appear until somewhere between the 1890’s and the 1900’s. While Columbus took it back with him to Europe in the late 1400’s it was used in drinks as such before bakers figured out it could enhance more recipes.

How to celebrate – Have some chocolate cake. Make up your own new chocolate cake recipe. Learn about chocolate cake in all the different countries.

January 19th National Popcorn Day

If you want a healthy snack, consider popcorn. Of course that does not include putting a lot of butter and cheese on it, which naturally makes it better. Popcorn apparently has been around since at least 3,600 BCE with factions found in Mexico. (Shows how long popcorn can last!) Though there are a lot of popcorn holidays, this one was created in 2016 or maybe 2015, no one seems to know nor do I think anyone really cares! And it’s not really a National Day, it just sounds better to call it that!

How to celebrate – Make some popcorn, Go to the movies. Make your own new topping for your popcorn!

April 24th Pigs In A Blanket Day

A favorite at every party, pigs in a blanket are easy to make, tasty and fun to eat. They are also easy enough to put in a pocket and take home from the party as well. No one is exactly sure when pigs in a blanket got started. Though we think of them as a more recent treat it appears they may have started back as far as the 1600’s. Again, the idea then being that farmers could stuff dough wrapped meat in their pockets to carry out in the fields with them. (That, of course, assuming they had pockets!

How to celebrate – Fix some pigs in a blanket. Throw a party so you can have some pigs in a blanket. Take some pigs in the blanket to work today in your pocket.

February 15th National Gum Drop Day

It is believed that gum drops have been around in the United States since somewhere around 1801. They have appeared in many different forms, starting out as a hard candy and now being most popular as Gummis. Some actually have fruit flavorings but most are really little more than sugar on top of… sugar. But we all have our favorite, mine is the red which sometimes taste like cherries. They are fun to eat, certainly sweet and although they contain some sort of fruit they are not all that good for us.

How to celebrate – Decide which color of gum drop is your favorite. Learn how to make your own gum drops. Invent a new type of candy.

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!

April 18th National Animal Crackers Day

April 18th National Animal Crackers Day

Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my… oh and Elephants too. These were the most common early on animal crackers. Animal crackers have been a child favorite snack since the 1800’s when they were produced and exported from the UK. Eventually they began to be produced in the US as well and in 1902 they featured  the Barnum’s and Bailey’s Circus Wagon as a container with circus animals making up the majority of the critters inside. They even became popular for children’s Bingo chips at one point. Today Nabisco makes the Animal Crackers we all know and love. Of course, there are numerous animals now and the circus wagon has become a thing of the past. There are new and different flavors to try along with the shapes but they still remain one of children’s favorite snacks of all times.

How to celebrate – Buy some Animal Crackers. Learn how to make your own animal crackers. Try playing Animal Crackers Bingo!

March 11th Popcorn Lover’s Day

You can’t go to the movies without wanting popcorn. (That is if you can even get in the theater) Popcorn has become a world wide treat that if you serve without all the butter and extra toppings isn’t all that bad for you! Of course, most of us like it that way. Today was created by Bob Matthews of Rochester, NY in 2012. It is always the 2nd Thursday of the month to celebrate Bob, and his wife, having popcorn every Thursday as a snack. The original date was in January but somehow it got changed to March, maybe the popper wasn’t working right.

How to celebrate – Have some popcorn! Try out all the new salts and flavorings you can add to popcorn these days. Have popcorn while watching you favorite home movies.

October 30th National Candy Corn Day

Did you know that over 9 billion pieces of candy corn are eaten a year!?! Did you know that since it is made from corn syrup, honey and sugar it contains no fat? Did you know that candy corn was originally named “Chicken Feed”? Does any of this really matter to you? George Renninger created candy corn for the Wunderle Candy Company sometime in the 1880’s in Philadelphia, PA. Today Candy Corn is manufactured by the Jelly Belly Company, producing 1,200 kernels per second.

How to celebrate – Get some candy corn. Try planting your candy corn. (I bet you grow ants) Find your own candy to celebrate fall with.