”Take every good thing you can imagine. Rich creamy chocolate, candied pecans, colored sprinkles, fruit, what have you. Now put it all on, in, and around your favorite ice-cream. That’s a sundae, and it’s heaven.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. There’s a delightful marriage that happens when you put together a sundae, a blending of all your favorite things in one place, where they might make the transit from bowl to mouth in a single well-laden scoop. Sundae Day celebrates this incredible treat, and it’s uncertain and contested past.
History of Sundae Day
Sundae Day was established to celebrate this delicious treat, and there’s no question of its origins. However the same can not be said of the sundae itself, a treat that multiple places claim to have created, and no one place has been able to truly prove its claim to. The first claim seems to come from Two Rivers, Wisconsin, a beautiful city on the Lake Michigan shore, 40 miles SE of Green Bay. Here a certain Ed Berners, having been asked to do so by a customer on vacation, added chocolate syrup to a simple vanilla ice cream bowl. While Berners questioned how good it would be, given that soda was far more common a topper for ice cream at the time, the results were nothing less than game-changing. It took no time at all for him to add it to the menu and mix in all sorts of ingredients.
Of course, that’s just one of them, Ithaca, New York would put forth that on a certain Sunday in April of 1892, a certain Reverend John Scott visited Chester Platt at his establishment, Platt & Colt Pharmacy. In a moment of creativity, Mr. Platt decided he would create the “Cherry Sunday”, adorning simple vanilla ice cream with cherry syrup and a single candied cherry. Who’s right? Well, the paper trail supports Ithaca, but that doesn’t stop Two Rivers from standing by its claim.
How to Celebrate Sundae Day
Celebrating this holiday is simple, go out and get yourself a delicious sundae with your favorite combination of ingredients! Of course, if you want to be a traditionalist you could always go with a chocolate drizzled sundae, or would that be a “Cherry Sunday” with the syrup and candied cherry topping? We don’t take sides, we just serve up both for Sundae Day with neither apology nor regret.