Ice Cream for Breakfast

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Ice Cream for Breakfast

February 6, 2016

Yes, there’s a holiday for everything, and today is Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. Ice cream has been around for over 2,000 years, ever since the Romans mixed fruit with ice for a tasty snack. When electricity came along in the 1800s and the freezer was invented, it became even easier to keep ice cream cold. It wasn’t really a breakfast food, though. But during a blizzard in 1966, a mom named Florence Rappaport in Rochester, NY decided to give her kids ice cream for breakfast, since they were all stuck inside. They did the same thing a year later. When the kids went off to college, they started sharing their family tradition with friends, and a holiday was born. Why not – if you top your ice cream with nuts, berries and granola (and it’s all on top of your whole grain waffle), it’s almost a healthy meal. Besides, Ice Cream for Breakfast Day comes around only once a year out of 365 days…so we think it’s okay to try it once. If you missed it this morning, try it tomorrow!

Wee ones: How many scoops of yummy “stuff” are on the waffle in the photo?

Little kids: If you scoop chocolate, vanilla, mint, peanut butter cup, and coffee chip, but are hungry enough to eat only 3 flavors, how many flavors do you leave behind?  Bonus: Ice Cream for Breakfast Day is always the first Saturday of February. What’s the latest date it could be?

Big kids: If you eat ice cream for breakfast only 1 day a year, how many days do you not eat it?  Bonus: If you scoop your ice cream for breakfast at 7:55 am, and it melts completely in 27 minutes, at what time is it totally melted?




Wee ones: 4 scoops.

Little kids: 2 flavors.  Bonus: February 7.

Big kids: 364 days (or 365 in a leap year).  Bonus: At 8:22 am.

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Laura Overdeck

Laura Overdeck

Laura Bilodeau Overdeck is founder and president of Bedtime Math Foundation. Her goal is to make math as playful for kids as it was for her when she was a child. Her mom had Laura baking while still in diapers, and her dad had her using power tools at a very unsafe age, measuring lengths, widths and angles in the process. Armed with this early love of numbers, Laura went on to get a BA in astrophysics from Princeton University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business; she continues to star-gaze today. Laura’s other interests include her three lively children, chocolate, extreme vehicles, and Lego Mindstorms.

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