National Sundae Day:
Celebrated annually on the 11th of November, the National Sundae Day celebrates ice creams and its magic that entices the young and old alike. The sundae is a blast of flavors combining your favorite ice creams leaving you in a land of wonder.
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Why National Sundae Day?
A classic sundae usually consists of one or two scoops of your favorite ice cream, with a generous amount of syrup or sauce topping, sprinkles, whipped cream, and a maraschino cherry. The interesting name and the ownership claims on this dessert generated a great deal of controversy. Some sources claim that the name was modified from Sunday to the term Sundae in response to the “Blue Laws” that advocated for keeping the Sabbath day. The Blue law declared that ice cream sodas should not be sold on Sundays because they were “frilly”. The ice cream soda somehow affected the sanctity and sentiments of the Sabbath Sunday. So, the trade of ice cream sodas on Sunday was vehemently opposed by the clergy.
The claim to be the birthplace of this fabulous dessert is as numerous as its varieties. New Orleans, Louisiana, Cleaveland, Ohio, Plainfield, New York City, Illinois, are some of the localities that raised the dispute. Two Rivers, Wisconsin and Ithaca, New York fell into a decade long argument referred to as the Sundae War.
By 1889 the Buffalo’s Evening News and the Buffalo Courier had advertisements of ice cream sodas topped with fruit syrup and whipped cream under the banner of Buffalo’s Stoddarts Bros. Drug Store. Buffalo also joined the Sundae war pointing out these facts.
While the debates still go on, we are just thankful to have a nice dish of Sundae on any day we choose. Over the years the confection has been tweaked to create sundry sundaes. Cherry Dip sundae, Bismarck and George Washington sundaes Cinnamon Peak sundae, Cocoa Caramel sundae, Fleur D’Orange sundae, Black Hawk sundae, Angel Cake sundae, Opera sundae, Knickerbocker sundae, Tally-Ho Sundae, etc are some of the unique sundaes listed in the 1909 Ice Cream Trade Journal.
While the legalists who implemented the Blue laws brought about meaningless constraints, it led to the creation of the unstoppable sundaes! In adversity, men think out of the box and the irresistible sundae is just a tangible glimpse of man’s ingenuity.
How Can We Observe National Sundae day?
- Every day is a Fun day with Sundae!
Sundaes are great for any occasion be it a birthday party, outdoor barbecue, or a boring Sunday night. Grab your favorite sundae and celebrate each moment.
- Be The Sundae Architect
Use your lego building skills to create unique sundaes! If you have layering and building skills, the sky’s the limit!
- Create Smiles With Sundaes
Offer Sundaes to your friends, family, and children who are lonely, depressed, or just bored. A sundae is better than a cure!
- Give a Shoutout!
Use the #NationalSundaeDay and post your photos and videos on social media.
Interesting Facts On National Sundae Day:
Here are some facts related to the magnificent Sundaes!
- In 2006, Two Rivers responded with a formal resolution from the city council that challenged Ithaca’s stand, demanding Ithaca to cease from its claim with generous amounts of snide remarks such as –
- “Be it further resolved that the good citizens of Ithaca are urged to henceforth direct their energies to more appropriate pursuits, like cheering on the athletic teams of Cornell University and celebrating the beauty of the Finger Lakes Region, while leaving ice cream sundaes to the town that knows them best: Two Rivers, Wisconsin;”
- The Serendipity Golden Opulence Sundae is sold for $1000 and is the most expensive sundae sale on record.
- The biggest ice cream sundae was made in California, in 1985. It was made of 4,667 gallons of ice cream with a height of 12ft.
- Candy Kong is a massive sundae made of two dozen scoops of ice cream, party sparklers, and a whole glazed doughnut made by New York City’s Sugar factory restaurant on National Dessert Day.
- Clarence Clifton Brown topped his sundae with hot chocolate sauce to create hot fudge sundae. He made the fudge in copper kettles that were brought to the city by a covered wagon. He is the owner of C.C Brown’s Ice Cream shop in Los Angeles.
- VIP sundaes have their days of celebration!
- July 25 is celebrated as the National Hot Fudge Sundae Day and July 5 is celebrated as the national Strawberry day.
History Of National Sundae Day:
The Founder and the origin of the day remain unknown. For sundae, the mystery is always a part of its story right from its creation.