Posts Tagged With: Soft drink

323/365: National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day

If you’ve got a bubbly personality, today’s food holiday was custom made for you. November 19 is National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day!

It’s another one of those oddly specific holidays with a fun name that you just can’t help but chuckle over. Maybe it’s a clever way of getting around using the Coke name, but then again, we already have celebrated National Have a Coke Day, so I’m doubtful about that theory. Plenty of carbonated beverages other than Coca-Cola contain caffeine, so it’s not like our options are limited by this holiday.

National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day

National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day

I mentioned before, upon starting this challenge earlier in the year, that we found a few other bloggers who had attempted the feat in the past. Occasionally I would turn to them for inspiration or reference. I’ve mentioned John, whom I labeled our East Coast Food Correspondent, several times; he has given us lots of great advice based on his own participation in a similar challenge, and his wisdom has been invaluable. Another blog with a similar theme is National Food Days in New York City, whose twist on this challenge (completed last year) involved relying on New York City restaurants for the food/beverage holiday du jour. That’s got to be an expensive and time-consuming proposition, much more so than ours! I mention them because I like what they did with today’s challenge. They found a Manhattan Special – an espresso coffee soda made in Brooklyn. Best of all, their drink dates back to 1895. Suddenly, popping open a Coke sounds boring…

…but popping open a Coke is what we did. Because when it comes to carbonated beverages with caffeine, sometimes you’ve just got to stick with what’s best. Right, dear? Coke is It, wouldn’t you agree?

I’ll take your silence as an implicit YES.

(Can you tell we have an ongoing Coke v. Pepsi feud)?

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181/365: National Ice Cream Soda Day

You just may float on a happy haze when you celebrate today’s perfectly summery food holiday. June 30 is National Ice Cream Soda Day!

June 20 was also National Ice Cream Soda Day, so I suppose if you didn’t get your fill back then, today’s your encore. We chose to celebrate the vanilla milkshake on that day instead so as not to repeat ourselves. Just to keep us on our toes, there’s also a National Root Beer Float Day coming up in August. Knowing that, we should have opted for something a little more unique today, but laziness got the better of us.

Ice cream sodas, or floats, go by the name “snowballs” in the U.K. and “spiders” in the land Down Under, where women work and men plunder. They are exactly what their name implies: ice cream served in a soft drink. Ice cream sodas were invented in 1874 by Robert McCay Green in Philadelphia. According to legend, during that city’s sesquicentennial celebration, Robert ran out of cream for the flavored sodas he was selling on a particularly hot day, and substituted ice cream instead. But Robert explained in an interview that his creation was no accident: he wanted to invent a new treat to draw customers away from a competitor who had a bigger, fancier soda fountain. He experimented by mixing vanilla ice cream with soda water and a choice of 16 different flavored syrups. This new treat was a big hit, and Green was so proud of his invention, his will stipulated that “Originator of the Ice Cream Soda” be carved on his tombstone when he died.

While teens loved the tasty treat, many adults did not, and the drink was actually banned by some conservative local governments who believed that soda, which was marketed as a “miracle cure” (for what – skinniness?), was a controlled substance that should not be served or purchased on Sundays. In an effort to boost business, soda fountains came up with a treat that contained ice cream but no soda. They coined the new dessert a “sundae” that they could serve on “soda’s day of rest.”

Now, that’s clever!

To celebrate, Tara and I made root beer floats. I mean, what other type of soda-and-ice-cream combination can ever top the classic?

National Ice Cream Soda Day

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