What is National Sundae Day?
National Sundae Day
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Move over “31 flavors.” Here comes “24 scoops.” New York City’s Sugar Factory restaurant, in honor of National Dessert Day, creates a massive sundae known as the Candy Kong. The sundae includes two dozen scoops of ice cream, party sparklers, and a whole glazed donut.
Tale of two (sundae) cities
How’s this for a heated battle over ice cream? The Two Rivers City Council enacts the “Resolution Formally Challenging the City of Ithaca, New York’s Claim to be “Birthplace of the Ice Cream Sundae.” Among other things, this resolution (humorously) states that “the city of Ithaca is hereby directed to cease and desist from its continued claims of being ‘Birthplace of the Ice Cream Sundae,’ lest the City of Two Rivers be forced to take further action to set the historical record straight.” Cute.
“Tin Roof” sundae
This version features a scoop of vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce and a scoop of chocolate ice cream with marshmallow sauce, topped with peanuts. Harold Dean “Pinky” Thayer, the son of a pharmacist, creates this delicacy at the Potter Drug Co. in Potter, Nebraska. Not surprisingly, competing theories exist as to how the name “tin roof” came along.
Clarence Clifton Brown, owner of C.C. Brown’s Ice Cream Shop in Los Angeles, tops his sundae with hot chocolate sauce. Hence, the hot fudge sundae. Clifton made his own fudge in copper kettles that were originally brought to the city by covered wagon. His family kept the fudge recipe a closely guarded secret.
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National Sundae Day Activities
Host your own sundae bar
Sundaes are a dessert party in a bowl, so what better way to celebrate this sweet holiday than to host your own sundae bar with some friends? Time for an ice cream social hour.
Make your own hot fudge sauce
Making homemade hot fudge sauce is so simple, so good, and so chocolatey that you will never want to go back to the store-bought squirt-out-of-the-bottle kind again. Search online for a recipe — most use fairly simple ingredients like heavy cream, cocoa powder, vanilla, chocolate, brown sugar, and corn syrup. Store it in your fridge and you can drizzle this chocolate concoction for months on end.
Make it boozy
Time to make an adult version of this childhood favorite. For a simple but very grown-up dessert, pour a tablespoon of coffee-flavored liqueur over a coffee ice cream sundae, or some crème de menthe over a mint chocolate chip sundae. You'll be drunk in love with sundaes all over again.
Why We Love National Sundae Day
They're easy to make
For sundaes, it's the building and layering, not the cooking, that counts. These sweet treats require minimal effort with delectable reward: you just need your favorite ice cream, your favorite toppings, a bowl, and an ice cream scooper.
It's all about toppings
When it comes to mixing and matching toppings for these ice cream concoctions, the sky's the limit. Try crumbled cookies, candy bar chunks, nuts, granola, and shredded coconut.
They're great for any occasion
Sundaes are the perfect dessert to dress up a date night, sweeten an outdoor barbecue, or liven up a birthday. Dress up your next occasion by dressing in your "sundae" best.
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