Monday, July 25, 2011

National Hot Fudge Sundae Day - 2011

By Diane Forrest, 

Today we celebrate National Hot Fudge Sundae Day.  Earlier this month, on July 7, we had Strawberry Sundae Day.  I believe this was just a practice run for today's main event!  In fact, we celebrated ice cream on several days this month.  With July being probably the hottest month of the year, can you think of a better way of cooling off?

The inventor of the sundae is somewhat of a mystery.  Many stake this as their claim to fame.  However, the reason for the invention remains the same.  In the late 1800's with the invention of the ice cream soda, some good folks thought that serving this drink on Sunday was sinful.  They compared the drinking of the sodas to drinking alcoholic beverages, which was also forbidden on Sunday.  To comply with this law, the shop owners developed the "soda-less" ice cream soda to be served on Sunday, or the Sunday Soda.  This treat also became so popular, that it was being served on other days of the week.  The spelling was changed to sundae to avoid offending religious conventions.

The original sundae consists of vanilla ice cream topped with a flavored sauce or syrup, whipped cream, and a cherry on top. Classic sundaes are typically named after the flavored syrup employed in the recipe: cherry sundae, chocolate sundae, strawberry sundae, raspberry sundae, etc. The classic sundae is traditionally served in a tulip-shaped, footed glass vase. Due to the long association between the shape of the round glass and the dessert, this style of serving dish is generally now known as a sundae glass.

To make your own hot fudge sundae, all you need is fudge sauce, ice cream, whipped cream and cherries, nuts optional.

Just heat up the fudge sauce, pour over vanilla ice cream and top with whipped cream, nuts and a cherry.  I prefer toasted pecans over chopped peanuts.

This dessert contains two of my favorite things, chocolate and ice cream!  So in honor of National Hot Fudge Sundae Day, I am going to celebrate by having one, why don't you have one too!

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