June 30 – National Ice Cream Soda Day

National Ice Cream Soda Day

Ice Cream Soda

Food Facts on Ice Cream Soda 

  • An Ice Cream Soda is a beverage that consists of ice cream in either a soft drink or in a mixture of a flavored syrup or carbonated water.
  • Legend has it the ice cream soda was invented by Robert McCay Green in Philadelphia, PA, in 1874; however, there are at least three others who lay claim to discovering the ice cream soda.
  • Ice cream sodas became the hot new thing, especially among teens. Many adults did not like it because soda was a controlled substance.
  •  As soda was marketed as a miracle cure, it was often considered a substance that required oversight and control like alcohol, another controlled substance that could not be served or purchased on Sundays in many conservative areas.
  • Soda fountains then coined the term “Sundaes” for the ice cream concoctions that they served on “soda’s day of rest”.

June 24 – National Praline Day

National Praline Day

prailines

Food Facts on Pralines

  • Pralines are confections consisting of nuts covered in a caramel sugar coating.
  • You can eat the candies as they are, or you can use pralines in a variety of other dishes.
  • Pralines are a Southern delicacy that was originally brought to Louisiana by French settlers.
  • The Praline mixture is cooked over high heat until thick, and then spooned out onto wax paper to cool.
  • Pralines pretty much melt in your mouth!

June 14 – National Strawberry Shortcake Day

National Strawberry Shortcake Day

Strawberry Shortcake

Facts on Strawberry Shortcake Day

  • Strawberry shortcakes are mildly sweet biscuits paired with strawberries and lots of whipped cream. 
  • Shortcake is typically made with flour, sugar, baking powder or soda, salt, butter, milk or cream, and sometimes eggs.
  • Strawberry shortcake has often been served on Fourth of July due to the red of strawberries, white of whipped cream, blueberries are added for the blue.
  • Strawberry shortcake is believed to have been created in the 1840s, when a recipe for strawberry cake first appeared in Eliza Leslie’s “Miss Leslie’s Lady’s New Receipt-book.”  
  • Strawberries are consistently ranked among the top food sources for their antioxidant capacity.