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.