In just two days, Ice Cream for Breakfast Day is officially celebrated. And we say why not! The holiday is celebrated on the first Saturday in February. Invented on a snowy winter day in the 1960s by Florence Rappaport in Rochester, New York. The mother to six children, it was her youngest two, Ruth (now Kramer) and Joe Rappaport, who inspired her on a cold and snowy February morning. To entertain them, she declared it to be Ice Cream For Breakfast Day. She explained, “It was cold and snowy and the kids were complaining that it was too cold to do anything. So I just said, ‘Let’s have ice cream for breakfast.'” The next year, they reminded her of the day and a tradition began. The exact year of the first ICFBD is unrecorded, but it is speculated to be 1966, when a huge blizzard hit Rochester in late January, dumping several feet of snow on Rochester and shutting down schools. When the siblings grew up, they held parties and introduced the tradition to friends while in college, and the tradition began to spread.
Harmony Valley Creamery “Scoop-lutes” Florence Rappaort and her children for celebrating a weekend morning in the depths of winter to celebrate our favorite food. It just proves no matter the season, weather, temperature, or meal, ice cream is always on the menu.