June 30, 2013

National Ice Cream Soda Day

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

It's National Ice Cream Soda Day!


And why not? For most the country we're entering a season of hot, hot weather (seriously, Maine, I love you more than any other corner of the world, but when you meteorologically act like Florida [90 degree weather, 110% humidity, and thunderstorms in the afternoon] I miss the January days you act like Antarctica!). There are few things as refreshing or fun as an ice cream soda.

As we learned a few days ago the sweet treat was created by Robert M. Green of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania sometime in the mid to late-1800s. This soda jerker (no, that's not a slam! A "soda jerk/er" was someone who worked at a soda fountain or pharmacy that sold both soft drinks and ice cream... think of young George Bailey at Gower's, for example!) is credited with the concoction, though how exactly it came to be is questionable. Whether it was as a way to steal customers away from the competition or because he ran out of other ingredients, I think we're all grateful for this summery drink!

If you research "National Ice Cream Soda Day" you'll see there's a controversy as to whether or not the food holiday is on June 20th or June 30th. Why the debate? It's ice cream! As Thornton Wilder said: "“My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it is on your plate.” And here at Almanac of Eat's, that's exactly what I plan on doing - so I'm celebrating on BOTH June 20th and June 30th! And I encourage you to do the same!

Happy National Ice Cream Soda Day!