Friday, February 5, 2010

Ice Cream for Breakfast Day Tomorrow!

Get out your ice cream makers and churn up some ice cream or go out and get a carton so you will be ready for tomorrow morning, because I'm betting a lot of your favorite ice cream shops will not be open in time for breakfast!*

However, they should be...Tomorrow is "Ice Cream For Breakfast Day." Thank you to Marsha for the heads up about this one!

Man, am I excited. When my sisters and were younger, we usually had ice cream cake for our birthdays and as a special treat, the day after, we got to have the cake for breakfast.

Not only that, sometimes sleepovers at Grandma and Grandpa's resulted in ice cream for breakfast and a game of Po-ke-no, complete with puppytoes. It's almost as if this holiday was made for grandparents and grandchildren everywhere! (Turns out it was a grandma who named this day, Florence Rappaport...)

Anywho, I am not 100% I get the concept as the website is (sorry, but...) a complete mess, but the story (from the website) goes like this:

Once upon a time there was a little girl named Ruth and a little boy named Joe. Ruth and Joe grew up in the back of beyond in New York state where it was very very cold. Every winter between New Year's Eve and Passover, life in up-state New York got extremely boring, so their parents invented a holiday to brighten up the dreary days of winter. It was called Ice Cream For Breakfast Day. This was a wonderful holiday for children and parents alike because to celebrate you had to eat ice cream for breakfast on the first Saturday in February.

Well, Ruth and Joe grew up and went away to a university. They made many friends and taught them all about Ice Cream For Breakfast Day. After college Ruth had a roomate named Barry to whom she also told about this tradition. Many years later, Barry met Itzah C. Kret in Washington, D.C. and converted him into an Ice Cream For Breakfast Day observer.

Nobody has kept precise track but through word of mouth ICFBD has been celebrated in many homes, states and countries all over the world. Some people give parties with musical instruments, others simply celebrate with family members. There is no right or wrong so long as you follow the 3 plus 1 simple Ice Cream for Breakfast Day Rules

(1) Eat ice cream
(2) for breakfast
(3) on the first Saturday in February
(4) spread the word

The rest is up to you!
One who is interested in reading more can also check out the Ice Cream for Breakfast Blog but don't be expecting a better explanation.

Though I am not quite sure I understand all of it, I think I get the gist and will be happy to be celebrating tomorrow morning.

I'm thinking David Lebovitz's Candied Bacon Ice Cream sounds like a perfect breakfast ice cream...really, it's wonderful.

*However, you Seattle-dwellers are in luck -- Molly Moon's will be serving what seems to be a scrumptious "Ice Cream for Breakfast" of oatmeal and ice cream from 9am-1pm...


Anonymous said...

Thanks, Bethany, for posting about Ice Cream for Breakfast Day! My grandmother, Florence Rappaport, came up with this idea about 45 years ago and somehow it has taken on a life of its own! It originated as a way to break up the winter blahs on the 1st Saturday in February. My aunt and uncle (Ruth and Joe) are fun people and they had a network of fun friends, and who can resist ice cream anyway? So, people kept up the tradition and now it is an international holiday! My grandmother was always a bit baffled at how this happened! But she would be pleased to know that it is being enjoyed by so many people!

TripleScoop said...

Darn I missed it! Another excuse to eat ice cream. I'll mark it down on my calendar for next year.

Ice Cream Forum said...

I move we celebrate this holiday again in the summer! (No, it shouldn't be moved, it should be celebrated twice...)

Shari said...

Now this sounds like a great reason for an international holiday!!
Fun post!

Anonymous said...

ice cream is amazingggg:)))))))))))))!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm number one fann!


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