Eating ice cream for breakfast is basically every little kid’s dream. Well, that and being able to have pizza for dinner every single day. But even if you aren’t 8 years old, you have to admit there’s something fun about the idea of having a big ol’ bowl of ice cream first thing in the morning. So why not celebrate Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day this year?
The History of Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day
Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day was created in the 1960s by housewife Florence Rappaport from New York—the exact year is unknown, but it is suspected that it could have been 1966, as an enormous blizzard had hit that area that year. The idea behind the day was simply that Florence’s 6 children were exceptionally bored one cold and snowy February morning, and she had to some up with something to entertaining them so they wouldn’t get restless and cranky. As she herself explained years later, “It was cold and snowy and the kids were complaining that it was too cold to do anything. So I just said, ‘Let’s have ice cream for breakfast.'” The following year, Florence’s children, who had obviously enjoyed the new little holiday their mother had created, reminded her of it and so they celebrated again, and the day became a tradition from then onward. The holiday really caught on, too, thanks to Florence’s grandchildren, who have traveled extensively—Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day has been celebrated in countries all over the world, from Germany, to Nepal, to as far as Namibia. These worldwide celebrations range from small family-style gatherings to large parties and have been featured in the Chinese edition of Cosmopolitan magazine and local magazines and newspapers as well. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz has done 2 pieces on Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast day twice, once in Hebrew, and once in English.
How to Celebrate Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day
Seeing as how Eat for Ice Cream Day falls on the first Saturday of every February, it’s the perfect day to not only enjoy a breakfast of cold sweetness, but also to spend time with your family. What could possibly create a better atmosphere than the whole family sitting around the table together, talking, joking around and having ice cream together? And o make the morning even more fun, why not make some special ice cream sundaes? Buy some Neapolitan ice cream, some real whipped cream, maraschino cherries and chocolate sauce, and arrange everything decoratively in some nice bowls. You could even buy some decorative wafers to make the sundaes even prettier. However, if you feel ice cream is a bit too high in fat or sugar for your family, don’t worry! There are plenty of alternatives, such as frozen yogurt, that you can even make yourself and garnish with fresh fruit. This option will provide your family with the protein little bodies need to grow, as well as the kind of “good bacteria” the human bodies need in order for the digestive system to function properly. These bacteria are so good for the body, in fact, that they are often called “probiotics”, a word that literally means “for life”. Whatever way you decide to celebrate Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, don’t forget to spend this morning enjoying the little things in life.