Two cold treats are celebrated today! Even though the temps aren't as hot as last month, cold treats are very much welcome.
National Ice Cream Pie Day
I couldn't find anything on the history of ice cream pie, but I did find out there's an ice cream pie for everyone. Like chocolate chip cookies? Try this chocolate chip cookie-inspired ice cream pie. Can't start your day without your daily java jolt? Try this coffee liquer ice cream cake. There are just so many different kinds of ice cream pie! What's your favorite treat? Because I really wouldn't be surprised to find it as an ice cream pie. There's an ice cream pie inspired by turtles (the candy), Mississippi mud, and grasshoppers (the drink, I think.) Oreos add nice texture and flavor to this ice cream pie.
None of those ice cream pies strike your fancy? Check out the recipe collections from Sunset Magazine, All Recipes, and Pillsbury. You're very likely to find one you like. (And as a bonus, there are tips over at the Pillsbury site.)
National Soft Ice Cream Day
Some places say this is the 19th, but it seems like it's supposed to be the 18th, so here it is!
Soft ice cream is what I know as soft serve ice cream. Apparently you can make it at home...but you have to have the right equipment and I seriously doubt anyone reading this has a soft serve ice cream maker at home, so if you do, you won't recipes for soft ice cream here. Maybe one, which anyone can do: take ice cream out of freezer, set it aside for 15 minues, and scoop out some soft ice cream. Easy-peasy.
Soft serve ice cream isone of those foods with a disputed history. Carvel claims Tom Carvel invented it, while Dairy Queen claims John McCullogh invented it and another site claims Margaret Thatcher invented it! Whoever invented it did the world a favor - now we don't have to wait for our ice cream to melth just a bit before eating.
If you're interested in celebrating today, Burger King will sell soft serve ice cream for 50 cents until th end of the month,