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 Banana Split Day

August 25 is National Banana Split Day. Did you know there is an official way to make a banana split? The National Day Calendar says: “Traditionally served in a long dish, called a boat, a banana is cut in half lengthwise and laid in the dish with scoops of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream placed in between. The strawberry ice cream is complimented with pineapple topping. Chocolate syrup is poured on the vanilla ice cream and strawberry topping covers the chocolate ice cream. Crushed nuts, whipped cream and maraschino cherries garnish the entire boat.” So now you know!

A banana split was first created in 1904 in Tassel’s Pharmacy in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, by David Evans Strickler. He called it a “banana-based triple ice cream sundae” and it sold for 10 cents, double the cost of all the other sundaes. There is now an official marker at the site of the pharmacy where Strickler created this ice cream treat. Latrobe and the banana split were also honored with a forever stamp by the USPS, this very year. You can take a look, and purchase the Soda Fountain Favorites stamps here or at your local post office.

So be sure to celebrate today with at least a dish of ice cream, or hopefully a banana split. Don’t forget the cherry!


Quotes about banana splits, about bananas, and about ice cream. (And one really bad banana joke)

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

I belonged in Idle Valley like a pearl onion on a banana split.–Raymond Chandler

Only the smell of his place is familiar, syrupy with old delights, as if the ghost of my first banana split had come close to breathe on me.–Wallace Stegner

With no pretensions of art, Viva Las Vegas, the new Elvis Presley vehicle, is about as pleasant and unimportant as a Banana Split.–Howard Thompson

I believe in holistic medicine, yoga, Pilates and so on. But I also believe in banana split sundaes once in a while.–Gwyneth Paltrow

Always take a banana to a party.–Steven Moffat

I’m getting so old, I don’t even buy green bananas anymore.–Chi Chi Rodriguez

Democrats always like to brag that their guys are smarter than the opponents and Republicans always like to brag that their guys are more moral than the opponents. But if you’re looking for morals in politics you’re looking for bananas in the cheese department.–Harry Shearer

Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana.–Bill Gates

The adjective is the banana peel of the parts of speech.–Clifton Fadiman

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.–Groucho Marx

Summer would not be summer without Ice-cream. Ice-cream is the favorite currency of love.–“A Few Casual Remarks on Ice-Cream,” Puck, 1881 June 8th

I doubt whether the world holds for anyone a more soul-stirring surprise than the first adventure with ice cream.–Heywood Broun

Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos.–Don Kardong

Always serve too much hot fudge sauce on hot fudge sundaes. It makes people overjoyed, and puts them in your debt.–Judith Olney

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

Ice cream is happiness condensed.–Terri Guillemets

My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate. That’s my philosophy.–Thornton Wilder

Never trust a skinny ice cream man.–Ben Cohen

Besides being a useful adjunct to courtship, Ice-cream is often employed to feed poets upon.–“A Few Casual Remarks on Ice-Cream,” Puck, 1881 June 8th

Q: Why did the man lose his job in a fruit packing firm?
A: He kept throwing the bent bananas away.

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