On National Hot Fudge Sundae Day, we feast on this delicious ice cream dessert that combines hot and cold with a cherry on top. Celebrated on July 25th, this tasty treat has been served since 1906.
A variation to the classic sundae, the hot fudge sundae is a creation of vanilla ice cream, hot fudge sauce, whipped cream, nuts (optional) and a single, bright-red maraschino cherry on top.
Back in the day a handful of state governments outlawed the consumption of ice cream sodas on Sundays after they became the hottest new craze. Because of this the ice cream sundae was invented!
- The Hot Fudge Sundae was created in 1906 at C.C. Browns, a new ice cream parlor on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.
- The word “Sundae” apparently resulted when druggist Chester Platt in 1892 attempted to trademark “Sunday” for his cherry syrup and ice cream concoction.
- Fudge is made by mixing sugar, butter, and milk and heating it to the soft-ball stage at 240 °F (116 °C), and then beating the mixture while it cools so that it acquires a smooth, creamy consistency.
- The Guinness Book of World Records has documented several record-setting sundaes. The most expensive dessert is The Frrrozen Haute Chocolate ice cream sundae costing $25,000 (£12,000), which was added to the menu of the Serendipity 3 restaurant, New York, USA on 7 November 2007.
- In 2009, the Kids Club in Brunswick, Georgia created the world’s longest sundae. It measured over 130 feet long!