National Chocolate Mint Day

The mint plant was brought over long ago by our ancestors, as an herb for healing purposes. It eventually migrated to consumption, and eventually sweet consumption. Because it is Sunday, and many of us like to indulge, I am opting to give you some amazing looking chocolate mint recipes for, “National Chocolate Mint Day”. You can also just opt to go out and support your local Girl Scout Troop, as the Thin Mint still continues to be their most popular cookie!!

Frozen Yogurt Day

National Frozen Yogurt Day- Yes, I enjoy ice cream, and frozen yogurt too. Even though frozen yogurt, or Froyo as it has become known as, has been around since the 1970’s, it really did not gain popularity until the last decade, with shops popping up all over the United states and abroad. I decided to do a little research on the subject, to become a little more educated on this tasty treat.

I found this site  listing 11 cool facts about frozen yogurt. While I am not going to list them all here, there were a couple I thought were particularly interesting:

The milk in frozen yogurt is not just from cows, it can also come from sheep, goat, and even water buffalo. And in the Middle East and Western China they have yak can camel varieties.

There is a lot of competition in the froyo department, with Menchie’s coming in first in 2015 with more than 13 percent of the market, but having only 300 stores, in comparison with TCBY’s 518 stores. Click on either location for a coupon valid today for buy one get one free.

The last interesting fact I am going to mention is a little closer to home, as a frozen yogurt machine resides in the Supreme Court cafeteria thanks to Justice Elena Kagan, She has joked that she’ll be remembered as the “frozen yogurt justice”.  Not a bad title if you ask me.

Ice Cream…For Breakfast

You might know people who eat dessert before their meal, for many it is a right of passage, but eating ice cream for breakfast, that is true dedication. And that is what today is, a day to eat ice cream for breakfast. I posted recently about what your favorite ice cream flavor says about you, and now I am posting about having it for breakfast, clearly I am a fan. So just for today, you should consider having your ice cream before anything else. Here is a link to the Baskin Robbins website so you can grab their hours unless you already have some sitting in the freezer at home, like me.

National Ice Cream Day

The International Dairy Foods Association states, “Ice cream’s origins are known to reach back as far as the second century B.C., although no specific date of origin or inventor has been indisputably credited with its discovery.”

The first advertisement in the U.S. for ice cream appeared in the New York Gazette on May 12, 1777.  President George Washington is recorded as having spent $200 for ice cream during the summer of 1790. In 1813, Dolley Madison served a magnificent strawberry ice cream creation at President Madison’s second inaugural banquet at the White House. For more fascinating historical facts about ice cream visit the IDFA web site.

Proof that even trends in favorite ice cream flavors change over time, the chart above from 2010 shows Chocolate #1 (and still the reigning champion) and Vanilla #2.  Four years later “Cookies & Cream” inched out Vanilla for the #2 spot. Check this link for current stats.  And then of course there is the Twitter favorite ice cream flavor by state. Nevada toted up the most Tweets of all.

Nearly 2 billion gallons of ice cream and related frozen dairy desserts were produced in the U.S. in 2014 to the tune of nearly $6 billion.  Yep, ice cream is a big delicious, deal!