Sunday, July 15, 2012

July 15: National Gummy Worm Day and National Tapioca Pudding Day

National Gummy Worm Day

As a child (and sometimes now as an adult), it was always  fun to pretend that gummy worms were the real thing.  You could mix them with crushed oreos and chocolate pudding to create Wormy Mud Cups.  There are many variations of this child-friendly treat and it's pretty popular at children's Halloween parties.  One variation is Dirt Cake, which is essentially Wormy Mud Cups done on a larger scale.  For another child-friendly snack, try adding gummy worms to Rice Krispie Treats.  Or put them in popsicles.  For a creepy Halloween drink, you can add gummy worms to punch for the extra ick factor.  (For an even creepier punch, try also adding gummy eyes or spiders.)

For the more grown-up parties, gummies soaked in alcohol are apparently the big hit.  While I've had vodka infused with Skittles and Jell-o shots before, I have never had alcohol-soaked gummy worms.  (Or Jell-o shots that use gummy worms.)  The Gummy Worm Martini doesn't use gummy worms, but it gets a pretty close flavor and I imagine a gummy worm garnish wouldn't be out of place.  Check out these 5 drinks that use gummy worms.

Gummy worms are a popular candy to make at home.  There are even sugar-free and vegan recipes available.  Check out this video on making gummy worms at home or this one on making diabetic-friendly gummy worms.  Of course, if you really want to up the cool factor of your gummy worms, you can make them so they glow under blacklight.

National Tapioca Pudding Day

June 20th was National Tapioca Day, but today celebrates tapioca puddingSlow-cooker tapioca puddings are very popular because, well, slow cookers are a blessing to any home cook with little time. Just toss things in and go! Alton Brown's tapioca pudding makes use of the slow-cooker, but the recipe is a "start the night before" recipes since the tapioca has to soak overnight.

Public Radio Kitchen has a good article about tapioca pudding, as does Eat History.  Both describe memories associated with tapioca pudding, emphasizing what an impact tapioca pudding has had on many people.

National Ice Cream Day

Since today is the third Sunday in July, it's National Ice Cream Day. The International Dairy Foods Association provides us with the history of ice cream.  Because most people are familiar with ice cream, I'm just going to help you celebrate today by letting you know of some ice cream coupons.

First off, the coupon in the Whole Foods coupon packet for Ben and Jerry's is still good.  (Plus, my local Whole Foods has B&J's on sale, so double score!)  If you live near a Bruster's, here'a coupon for a free size upgrade.  Sign in at the Blue Bunny website and get a $1 off coupon.  In fact, because today is National Ice Cream Day, there are lots of ice cream freebies out there today.  Check them out!

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