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August 21st is National Spumoni Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then why don't you take your tongue on a sweet adventure because it's National Spumoni Day!  I do believe your taste buds will enjoy the blend of flavors!  So let's get right into celebrating National Spumoni Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

I can honestly say that I had never heard of spumoni before hearing of this holiday, so I'm not too sure that its popularity is what brought about today's celebration. But, it is a good time of year to eat ice cream and there is a very popular blend of ice creams that is quite similar to spumoni. Neapolitan ice cream is the triple blend I'm talking about and it is similar because they both usually have three layers and they both have an Italian background. But spumoni is a bit more unique so perhaps it deserves its own holiday because it's an amped up twist on something we so commonly eat.  And you'll see why it's such a rarity in a moment. Spumoni hopped over to the United States in the 1870s thanks to Italian immigrants, which is why it's more common in Italian restaurants or areas which a dense population of Italian immigrants. But what makes it different from Neapolitan ice cream is that it's not chocolate, vanilla and strawberry; no, that would be too boring!

Spumoni usually includes chocolate, pistachio and sometimes even cherry ice cream. So when you see spumoni, it will be brown, red/pink and green. And the ice cream is often blended with some whipped cream to add a little something special to it. But, even if there is no cherry ice cream, there is usually a layer of cherries and nuts so you still get that reddish-pink color. So now you can see why I say it's almost a step above boring old Neapolitan ice cream.  Are you ready for a bowlful?

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So, how can you celebrate today?  Well, if you have a neighborhood with a dense population of Italians near you then you might want to head on over to an ice cream parlor or a restaurant in that area and see if they have any spumoni. Who knows, you might end up with some delicious spumoni that they made themselves. But if you have no luck there then head to a grocery store nearby, because there are a few commercially made spumoni ice creams.  But if you don't live near such a neighborhood then you probably won't be able to find it. So just grab up the ingredients and make your own! Get some pistachio, chocolate and cherry ice cream, some maraschino cherries, whipped cream and nuts and you're good to go. You can jam it all together in layers in a nice mold if you want to get fancy. You can just scoop it into a bowl and add the other stuff on top if you want. Or you can pop a triple scoop on a cone (each scoop is a different ice cream), top it with whipped cream, sprinkle some nuts on it and then put a cherry on top. Either way, it should be pretty dang good!  But you could get even more creative than that! If you have popsicle molds then you could make your own layered spumoni ice cream popsicles. You could even make a layered ice cream sandwich with these ingredients. And hey, what about an ice cream cake or ice cream pie? That could be pretty interesting!  Have a great day and enjoy your flavorful adventure!





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