National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day

Creativity is many different things to many different people. I recall being in Moscow back in the days of the USSR, when any flavor other than vanilla and chocolate could have boggled someone’s mind, never mind sizzled with creativity. In the United States, having multiple flavors has always seemed natural, rather than creative. That is not to say that creativity did not exist. 


In the 1950s, I remember my Dad’s disappointment when I would order some crazy, “creative” flavor such as Red, White, and Blueberry. Truly this was just food coloring delivered in swirls, not really with berries, but my Dad knew that when he finished his strawberry cone, he would then be finishing mine.



The ancient Chinese are credited with inventing ice cream sometime back around 3000 BC. The treat got to Italy in the Middle Ages, and the Italians never looked back.



In more recent decades, creating designer ice cream flavors has become almost a national pastime. Early varietals included delights ranging from pistachio to chunky monkey. One personal favorite is anything resembling an Almond Joy bar… or genuine lemon ice cream, complete with the juicy bits!




Today you can find anything from macaroni & cheese and Cheetos Flamin’ Hot ice cream to avocado-cayenne or ghost pepper-peppermint. Whether you go for cinnamon-basil or peanut butter-banana or bacon chutney ice cream, today is your day. Of course, you can still opt for chocolate and vanilla. Go crazy… combine 2. Since this is also National Gingersnap Day, crumble some gingersnap cookies into whatever flavor you choose. What is YOUR favorite creative ice cream flavor… or the one you would most avoid?

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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