2021 A to Z: Letter E…Weird Holidays

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2021 A to Z: Letter E

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Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day (first Saturday of February)

Created in 1966 by housewife Florence Rappaport from New York, when her 6 children were exceptionally bored one cold and snowy February morning. As she herself explained years later, “It was cold and snowy and the kids were complaining that it was too cold to do anything. So I just said, ‘Let’s have ice cream for breakfast.’” – the rest is yummy history.

Did you know you could visit the Museum of Ice Cream in New York, Los Angeles, or San Francisco?


Here’s the Scoop: Fun Facts about Ice Cream

Thomas Jefferson is credited as writing down the first Ice Cream Recipe. – You can find it in the Library of Congress!

According to icecream.com, it takes about 50 licks to finish a single scoop ice cream cone.

In 1929, Rocky Road became widely available flavor (other than vanilla, chocolate, strawberry).

John Harrison, taster for Dreyer’s Ice Cream has his tongue insured for One Million Dollars.

Most favorite ice cream topping is chocolate syrup.

According to NASA, ice cream is one of the three foods astronauts miss the most when they go on space missions. The other two? Pizza and soda.

Brain Freeze? When something really cold touches the roof of your mouth, the blood vessels that run between your mouth and your brain dilate. Try touching your tongue to the roof of your mouth, to unclench the blood vessels.

To produce 1 gallon of ice cream, it takes 12 pounds of milk. A cow gives 64 pounds of milk in a day. That means, by extremely complicated mathematical calculations, it gives approximately 5.5 gallons of ice cream every day.

The world record for the largest ice cream cone ever made was achieved in 2015 in Norway with a cone over three meters high!

Unusual Ice Cream Flavors

What’s your favorite ice cream? What’s your favorite topping? For some unusual flavor combinations check out “50 Weird Ice Cream Flavors in Every State“.

Step out of your vanilla / chocolate comfort zone and try in Tokyo,  Ice Cream City, where Raw Horse Flesh, Cow Tongue, Salt, Yakisoba, Octopus, and Squid are among the flavors for visitors’ taste buds.

Or, for something closer to home, perhaps, go to  The Ice Cream Store in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, where among the 100 varieties of flavors there is their Devil’s Breath Carolina Reaper Pepper Ice Cream—a bright red vanilla ice cream mixed with cinnamon and a Carolina Reaper pepper mash. Also the classic Ghost Pepper Ice Cream, which was featured in a Ripley’s Believe It or Not book in 2016. Just be warned: you’ll have to sign a waiver if you plan to order either flavor.

Finally, in Bar Harbor, Maine, go to Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium, for their Lobster Ice Cream. Buttery Ice cream with chunks of buttery lobster folded in.

Featured image: “E is for Egg” from Digital Synopsis, created by UK based graphic designers Liam + Jord

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