It’s hard to go wrong with ice cream—no matter what you do with it, it seems like it always results in something delicious. Ice cream sandwiches, ice cream cake, milkshakes, ice cream fondue…need we say more? And one of the few things that can make ice cream even better than it is thick, hot, sweet fudge. Fudge and ice cream…if that’s not a reason for celebration, what is?
The History of the Hot Fudge Sundae Day
Why we call sundaes, sundaes is not precisely known, though it is probably simply connected to the fact that ice cream with nuts, sprinkles, fruit, whipped cream and various syrups used to be a treat reserved only for the weekends. Sundaes first appeared in the early 1900s, and with a few years there were already countless variations of it, such as the Robin Hood sundae, Cocoa Caramel sundae, Black Hawk sundae, Angel Cake sundae, Cherry Dip sundae, Cinnamon Peak sundae, Opera sundae, Fleur D’Orange sundae, Knickerbocker sundae, Tally-Ho Sundae, Bismarck and George Washington sundae, to name but a few.
American-style fudge was first made in in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1886, and its popularity soon expanded.
These two delicious foodstuffs were first combined in 1906 at C.C. Browns, an ice cream parlor on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, and the hot fudge sundae was born. Today, even Google recognizes this holiday as an official holiday!
How to Celebrate Hot Fudge Sundae Day
Are you ready to give your taste buds the treat of their lives? If so, Hot Fudge Sundae Day could be your new favorite holiday! To celebrate it, you could go out to an ice cream parlor to enjoy one, or you could make one yourself. Fudge is not hard to make, nor does it require rare or expensive ingredients.
Simple Fudge Sauce
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1⁄2 cup sugar
1⁄2 cup light corn syrup
1⁄4 cup light cream
1⁄8 teaspoon salt
1 1⁄2 tablespoons REAL, unsalted butter
1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan except for vanilla. Cook over medium heat, and stir until the mixture boils. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally (don’t boil it for too long or it will become too thick). Then, turn off heat and stir in the vanilla. Done!
To make a fudge sundae, all you have to is pour the hot fudge sauce over ice cream and add your favorite toppings. We suggest something simple and classic, like vanilla ice cream, canned cherries, walnuts and whipped cream. In this version of the hot fudge sundae, the sweetness of the fudge will be a bit offset by the earthy nuts and the tanginess of the cherries. Another thing worth remembering is that even if you make too much fudge sauce, it can be stored for up to a week in the refrigerator and then reheated in a microwave in a matter of seconds.
So are you ready to celebrate this deliciously sweet little holiday? We know we are!