June 20, 2013

National Ice Cream Soda Day

“THAT was the best ice cream soda I ever tasted.” - Lou Costello

It's National Ice Cream Soda Day!

A great mind thought up the ice cream and soda combination. It must have been a the product of a lot of late nights and experimentation. In all honesty it was created by Robert McKay Green in Philadelphia in the mid to late-1800s. Food lore says that he was making treats from carbonated water, flavored syrup, and sweet cream, but one day ran out of cream. The obvious substitute? Ice cream! Other stories state that he came up with the idea as a way to attract customers away from a competing soda fountain on the same block. Whatever the story may be, I think it's safe to say the man is a legend.

Today I'm celebrating with the most authentic ice cream soda recipe I could find: lemon-lime soda with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I've honestly never had this concoction until today, and I'm not sure why. It was delightful! According to an old ad by 7-up (via a Turkey Hill Ice Cream Journal blog from 2008), the "soda fountain favorite" is also delicious with "any fruit-flavored ice cream". I have yet to explore this, but if you do please let me know which flavor works the best!

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!