August 21, 2012

National Spumoni Day

"Sieze the moment.  Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart." - Erma Bombeck

It's National Spumoni Day!

What do you get what combine chocolate, pistachios, and cherries?

Spumoni!

A molded Italian ice cream that hails from Naples, Italy, spumoni is sliced, never scooped. It was introduced to the U.S. somewhere around the mid-1800's by Italian immigrants. The layered, three-color ice cream effect should seem similar to you, too. Spumoni was essentially the precursor to what we know now as Neapolitan ice cream.

U.S. isn't the only one who loves this treat, either. Canada celebrates National Spumoni Day on November 13.

And now you're all the wiser, foodies!

Close to ten years ago my parents bought me an ice cream maker - I've used it only a handful of times over the years. While it's incredibly easy to use, it's time consuming to make ice cream from scratch. But today seemed like the absolute perfect opportunity to bring it out, dust it off, and make my very first batch of (spumoni flavored) vegan ice cream thanks to a recipe I found online. And it was one of the best ice creams - vegan or not - that I have ever made!

Happy National Spumoni Day!