Chocolate Ice Cream Day

How could I pass up a day to celebrate chocolate of any kind, let alone ice cream! Every year on June 7, we celebrate Chocolate Ice Cream Day. According to those who know, chocolate is the second most popular flavor of ice cream, after vanilla. Personally, given a choice, I’ll take chocolate any time – either just plain chocolate, or containing other delicious things like nuts or marshmallow, or fudge.

According to Punchbowl, which is a greeting card site, Thomas Jefferson took a fancy to ice cream while living abroad as the Ambassador to France during the 1780s. They believe it is likely that he is responsible for bringing ice cream to the United States.

No one seems to know who started this holiday or why, but the speculation is that it was likely an ice cream manufacturer to bring them business.

Of course, you know that chocolate ice cream is made by combining cocoa powder with eggs, cream, vanilla, and sugar, then freezing it, preferably while it is being constantly stirred, to help prevent ice crystals from forming. I remember more than one time when I was young turning the crank on our manual ice cream maker. Delicious and worth the work.

One statistic I ran across while researching this is that an average dairy cow can produce enough milk in her lifetime to make a little over 9,000 gallons of ice cream. Sounds good to me!

My father lived on a farm when he was young, and one of the stories he told about his childhood is one time when they were not able to get the milk to the dairy. It had to do with the train not running, though I can’t remember why. They took the milk with all the cream and made ice cream out of it. Apparently, it tasted heavenly.

Quotes about chocolate ice cream and ice cream in general

Scoops of mint ice cream with chips of chocolate cows.–Jim Bishop

I love chocolate. I love chocolate ice cream. I love chocolate candy. The darker the better.–Nancy Pelosi

A good night sleep, or a ten minute bawl, or a pint of chocolate ice cream, or all three together, is good medicine.–Ray Bradbury

Everything was chocolate ice cream and kisses and wind.–Francesca Lia Block

I thought of all the different kinds of love in the world. I could think of ten without even trying. The way parents love their kids, the way you love a puppy or chocolate ice cream or home or your favorite book or your sister.–Carol Rifka Brunt

When I have bad days, I just eat lots of chocolate ice cream and dance to the Lion King soundtrack. It’s really odd, but it’s true.–Blake Lively

I’m helping launch the new Milky Way Chocolate Ice Cream Bar. I play an astrophysicist on television, and the name of the bar is Milky Way, so put two and two together, and here I am.–Kunal Nayyar

Summer would not be summer without Ice-cream. Ice-cream is the favorite currency of love.–Puck

Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone.–Jim Fiebig

I go running when I have to. When the ice cream truck is doing sixty.–Wendy Liebman

Not to like ice cream is to show oneself uninterested in food.–Joseph Epstein

Ice cream cravings are not to be taken lightly.–Betsy Cañas Garmon

So yes, I do want to try and keep things going if I can. I have a few things brewing… And if it doesn’t happen, I did buy an ice cream van a while ago. So I always have that to fall back on.–Rupert Grint

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National Nutty Fudge Day

May 12 is National Nutty Fudge Day. There are many stories about how fudge was created. Some claim the first known reference to it was in an 1886 letter Witten by Emelyn Battersby Hartridge who wrote that a cousin of a schoolmate made it and sold it in a store in Baltimore for forty cents a pound. However, the Scots claim they have an earlier reference in a book called The Household Book of Lady Grisell Baillie written in the seventeenth century. You can still buy a reprint of it at Amazon, if this has whetted your appetite, so to speak. A delightful story about fudge’s origins says that a young apprentice caramel maker was left stirring the pot while the boss was out serving customers. By the time he returned, the caramel was so grainy it was ruined – but the customers loved it, and named it Fudge after the apprentice who mistakenly made it. Another is that someone was trying to make toffee, and the heat wasn’t high enough.

Whatever the background, fudge is now a well-loved treat. One of the earliest memories I have of cooking is standing on a stool, stirring fudge as it heated. We always put walnuts in ours, but you can use pecans or peanuts (& peanut butter – yum!) or whatever nut suits your fancy. If you want to make some fudge or just try a new recipe, The Nutty Scoop, has links to such treats as Rocky Road Fudge, Caramel Pecan Fudge, Maple Walnut Fudge, and Peanut Butter Explosion Fudge.

In Europe, fudge is made from just sugar, cream, and butter, but here in the US, we are more likely to add chocolate. Of course!

For anyone who watched the science fiction show Warehouse 13, you will remember one of the questions asked to determine the level of danger was “Do you smell fudge in places where there is no fudge?”

One of the best things I came across while looking up information on this yummy holiday is a cartoon featuring an older woman in a rocking chair, named Aunty Acid. It said, “Life is like chocolate. Sometimes you gotta deal with nuts.” I leave you with that philosophy before adding quotes about fudge.

When I was a child and the snow fell, my mother always rushed to the kitchen and made snow ice cream and divinity fudge-egg whites, sugar and pecans, mostly. It was a lark then and I always associate divinity fudge with snowstorms.–Eudora Welty

Everyone needs fudge, Hildy. It’s how God helps us cope.–Joan Bauer

North America was ready for something other than a vanilla cooking show and we were providing the double dark chocolate fudge.–Nadia Giosia

That pipe just so happens to lead to the room where I make the most delicious flavored chocolate covered fudge.” Then he will be made into strawberry flavored chocolate covered fudge, they’ll be selling him by the pound, all over the world!” No, I wouldn’t allow it. The taste would be terrible. Can you imagine Augustus flavored chocolate covered gloop? Ew. No one would buy it. (from Johnny Depp movie version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

If someone has a lot of work to do, put a piece of fudge in a glass container (so they can see it) and let them know that if they accomplish their tasks, they can eat the fudge. You’ll definitely get a reaction!–Michael Scott

If I were thin, I’d never say ‘I am powerless over fudge.’ a) I can’t believe I actually ever said that. b) Which, of course, isn’t to say that I do have any power over fudge. Particularly if it has nuts.–Camryn Manheim

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National Chocolate Cupcake Day

October 18 is National Chocolate Cupcake Day. If you are a regular reader of this blog at all, you know I can’t pass up any day with chocolate in it. I also love making cupcakes of many flavors. And I learned a new word as I was looking up information on this important day: procrastibaking, which means the art of making cupcakes instead of something else you should be doing. I’m not sure it’s an official word, but it works for me! I may just go and do that today.

According to the National Day Calendar, “Cupcakes can be traced back to 1796 when there was a recipe notation of “a cake to be baked in small cups” written in American Cookery, by Amelia Simmons.  The earliest known documentation of the term cupcake was in 1828 in Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats in Eliza Leslie’s Receipts cookbook.” Did you know that cupcakes are known as fairy cakes in Britain?

Nobody seems to know how or why this day got started, but it is always celebrated on October 18. What’s the best way to celebrate? By making cupcakes, of course. For a list of 20 variations on chocolate cupcakes, there is a group of recipes on a site called Bustle. They run from malted milk cupcakes to red wine chocolate cupcakes to rocky road cupcakes, with 17 other interesting variations to try.

The next best way to celebrate is to buy cupcakes from your favorite cupcake bakery. Whatever you do, enjoy a chocolate cupcake today!

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Quotes about cupcakes

When you look at a cupcake, you’ve got to smile.–Anne Byrn

What Makes Life so Sweet? Cupcakes to eat and Someone to Love.–Marie Williams Johnstone

Dream as if you’ll live forever, eat Cupcakes as if you’ll die today.–Unknown

We’re encouraging them to bring healthy snacks, but when a parent comes up with a tray of sweets, I’m not going to turn them away. I don’t want to be the cupcake killer.–John Young

Looking back, I have this to regret, that too often when I wanted a cupcake, I did not have one.–David Grayson

I’ve never met a problem a proper cupcake couldn’t fix.–Sarah Ockler

What can I say? I’ve never met a cupcake I didn’t want to get to know better.–Jasinda Wilder

You can’t just leave a Mississippi Mud Mountain half-eaten! We leave no cupcake behind!–Molly Harper

Since every piece of matter in the Universe is in some way affected by every other piece of matter in the Universe, it is in theory possible to extrapolate the whole of creation — every sun, every planet, their orbits, their composition and their economic and social history from, say, one small piece of fairy cake.—Douglas Adams

I am thoroughly convinced that you can’t be sad when you are holding a cupcake or a bowl of ice cream. It is impossible to do.– Amy Rees Anderson

And here are some from @CupcakeQuotes on Twitter:

You don’t need an inspirational quote to be creative. You need cupcakes.

Sometimes I wonder how I became this women and then I remember through strength, coffee and cupcakes!

I see a book, I see cupcakes, I see coffee, I see a good day ahead.

Where there is cupcakes, there is hope.

I have OCD Obsessive Cupcakes Disorder

You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy cupcakes… and that’s pretty close!

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Chocolate Week

Though I most often talk about holidays which are national to the United States, this is one I couldn’t pass up. In Britain, the second week in October is Chocolate Week. There are things going on all week, culminating in The Chocolate Show this weekend at Olympia National Hall, London. Quoting from the Website: “Hundreds of events are expected this Chocolate Week around the UK, with the country’s top chocolatiers and chocolate companies, as well as hotels, bars and restaurants celebrating by hosting talks, tastings, demonstrations and sampling, as well as creating exclusive products, new launches, offers, chocolate meals, cocktails and recipes using some of the best chocolate brands from around the world.”

The organizers of the week expect 20,000 fans to visit the chocolate show this weekend. I would love to be there!

Chocolate Week not only is to promote chocolate, but to highlight artisan chocolate makers, and the companies who work with cocoa farmers to promote fair trade chocolate. This is important, as some of the larger chocolate makers rely on slave labor to harvest the cacao beans. (I won’t name names, but you can enter your preferred brand into a search engine, adding the word slavery.) I try to make it a practice to buy only fair trade chocolate myself. It is more expensive, but also more ethical.

So the best way I know of to celebrate this week is by eating chocolate. If you have never tried fair trade chocolate, this is the perfect week to check it out. Enjoy!

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Quotes about chocolate:

After about 20 years of marriage, I’m finally starting to scratch the surface of that one [what women want]. And I think the answer lies somewhere between conversation and chocolate.–Mel Gibson

And above all… Think Chocolate!–Betty Crocker

Chemically speaking, chocolate really is the world’s perfect food.–Michael Levine

Chocolate causes certain endocrine glands to secrete hormones that affect your feelings and behavior by making you happy. Therefore, it counteracts depression, in turn reducing the stress of depression. Your stress-free life helps you maintain a youthful disposition, both physically and mentally. So, eat lots of chocolate!–Elaine Sherman

Chocolate is cheaper than therapy and you don’t need an appointment.–Catherine Aitken

As with most fine things, chocolate has its season. There is a simple memory aid that you can use to determine whether it is the correct time to order chocolate dishes: any month whose name contains the letter A, E, or U is the proper time for chocolate.–Sandra Boynton

Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands – and then eat just one of the pieces.–Judith Viorst

Chocolate is God’s apology for broccoli.–Richard Paul Evans

It’s not that chocolates are a substitute for love. Love is a substitute for chocolate. Chocolate is, let’s face it, far more reliable than a man.–Miranda Ingram

All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!–Lucy Van Pelt (in Peanuts by Charles Schulz)

I have this theory that chocolate slows down the aging process…. It may not be true, but do I dare take the chance?

Make a list of important things to do today. At the top of your list, put “eat chocolate.” Now, you’ll get at least one thing done today.–Gina Hayes

Chocolate knows no boundaries; speaks all languages; comes in all sizes; is woven through many cultures and disciplines … it impacts mood, health, and economics, and it is a part of our lives from early childhood through the elderly years.–Herman A. Berliner

My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M’s and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.–Dave Barry

Nobody knows the truffles I’ve seen.–George Lang

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National Chocolate Milkshake Day

Oh boy! Any day with chocolate in the name gets my wholehearted support! September 12 is your invitation to imbibe in this most delicious treat.

First, a little history: the first reference to a milkshake appeared in a British newspaper in 1885. At that time, it was an alcoholic beverage – an eggnog type of drink made with whiskey. The story goes that if the customer liked the drink, he would shake hands with the bartender, leaving a coin in his palm. By 1900 milkshakes were referred to as “wholesome drinks made with chocolate, strawberry or vanilla syrup.” Once this change happened, people began asking for this treat with a scoop of ice cream. When the electric blender was invented in 1922, milkshakes began to have the frothy consistency we know today. That same year Ivar Coulson, a Walgreen’s soda jerk, added malt to the drink, and the malted milkshake was born.

I saw several suggestions for how to celebrate this day, but to my mind there is only one – get yourself a chocolate milk shake! GoBankingRates has a list of where you might score a free milkshake today.

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Here are a few quotes about chocolate milkshakes and chocolate in general

If I can’t suck your milkshake through a straw, it’s not a milkshake–it’s a glass of ice cream.–Bill Maher

I blow up fireworks all the time, and I love making milkshakes and banana splits.–Chris Isaak

I’m not complaining about Romance Being Dead – I’ve just described a happy marriage as based on talking about plants and a canceled Ray Romano show and drinking milkshakes.–Mindy Kaling

If you look in my fridge, it’s, like, children’s food – chips, milkshakes, yogurt.–Simon Cowell

Love is that which happens while enjoying a chocolate milkshake.–Unknown

Next week we’ll be investigating rumours that the president of the dairy council has become a Mason, and goes around giving his colleagues the ‘secret milkshake.–Ronnie Barker

I remember the fact that milk was delivered every day by a milkman. In summer, my mother would make what now seem in my middle-aged imagination the most delicious iced milkshakes.–Simon McBurney

As a child, I lived with being punier than other boys in class. The only consolation was my parents’ empathy – they encouraged constant trips to the local drugstore for chocolate milk shakes to fatten me up.–James D. Watson

As with most fine things, chocolate has its season. There is a simple memory aid that you can use to determine whether it is the correct time to order chocolate dishes: any month whose name contains the letter A, E, or U is the proper time for chocolate.–Sandra Boynton

Chocolate causes certain endocrine glands to secrete hormones that affect your feelings and behavior by making you happy. Therefore, it counteracts depression, in turn reducing the stress of depression. Your stress-free life helps you maintain a youthful disposition, both physically and mentally. So, eat lots of chocolate!–Elaine Sherman

Chocolate is nature’s way of making up for Mondays.–Anonymous

Chocolate is a perfect food, as wholesome as it is delicious, a beneficent restorer of exhausted power. It is the best friend of those engaged in literary pursuits.–Baron Justus von Liebig

I don’t understand why so many “so called” chocolate lovers complain about the calories in chocolate, when all true chocoholics know that it is a vegetable. It comes from the cocoa bean, beans are veggies, ’nuff said.–Author Unknown

There are four basic food groups: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and chocolate truffles.–Anonymous

There’s nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with CHOCOLATE.–Linda Grayson

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National Milk Chocolate Day

July 28 is National Milk Chocolate Day. How could I pass that up? As I mentioned in a previous post, I consider chocolate to be one of the four major food groups, with popcorn being one of the others. So anything to do with chocolate interests me!

Quoting from the Serious Eats Website: “Like all chocolate, milk chocolate is a suspension of cocoa solids in cocoa butter and sometimes other fat, with sugar added for sweetness. In the U.S., milk chocolate must be at least 10% cocoa solids and 12% milk solids…” You can get milk chocolate that has been mass-produced, such as Hershey’s or Cadbury’s, or seek out high-quality milk chocolate made with only the finest beans, and likely a much larger percentage of cocoa solids. Some things to always look for in the chocolate you buy is where the beans come from and how they are harvested. Chocolate companies have been accused of using child labor in the cultivation and harvest of the beans, so for me, fair trade or ecological chocolate is the choice.

However, if you really want to know about chocolate in all its many wonderful forms, you need to read Sandra Boynton’s Chocolate: the Consuming Passion, newly updated at the end of 2015. She says her book was “written for the Chocolate Elite — the select millions who like chocolate in all its infinite variety, using ‘like’ as in ‘I like to breathe.’” Or as she sometimes more succinctly puts it: Chocolate: it’s not just for breakfast anymore.

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Quotes about milk chocolate

As with most fine things, chocolate has its season. There is a simple memory aid that you can use to determine whether it is the correct time to order chocolate dishes: any month whose name contains the letter A, E, or U is the proper time for chocolate.–Sandra Boynton

All of the evil that people have thrust upon chocolate is really more deserved by milk chocolate, which is essentially contaminated. The closer you get to a pure chocolate liquor (the chocolate essence ground from roasted cacao beans) the purer it is, the more satisfying it is, the safer it is, and the healthier it is.–Arnold Ismach

There are four basic food groups-milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and chocolate truffles.

Chocolate is the Answer. Who cares what the Question is?

The 12-step chocoholics program: Never be more than 12 steps away from chocolate!–Terry Moore

Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands – and then eat just one of the pieces.–Judith Viorst

Chocolate is God’s apology for broccoli.–Richard Paul Evans

It’s not that chocolates are a substitute for love. Love is a substitute for chocolate. Chocolate is, let’s face it, far more reliable than a man.–Miranda Ingram

All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!–Lucy Van Pelt (in Peanuts by Charles Schulz)

I have this theory that chocolate slows down the aging process…. It may not be true, but do I dare take the chance?

In the beginning, the Lord created chocolate, and he saw that it was good. Then he separated the light from the dark, and it was better.

Chocolate knows no boundaries; speaks all languages; comes in all sizes; is woven through many cultures and disciplines … it impacts mood, health, and economics, and it is a part of our lives from early childhood through the elderly years.–Herman A. Berliner

My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M’s and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.–Dave Barry

Nobody knows the truffles I’ve seen.–George Lang

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