National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

A mouthwatering scoop of velvety ice cream smothered in warm, gooey fudge, topped with crunchy nuts and a cherry on top. Sundae served on a sunny patio, with retro-style sunglasses and a vibrant summer scene..
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A splendid scoop of chilled delight, smothered in hot, gooey, mood-lifting fudge, and aptly sprinkled with nuts and cherries. Is your mouth watering yet? Well, folks, get your spoons ready because we're talking about National Hot Fudge Sundae Day. A cool treat to beat the summer heat, Hot Fudge Sundae Day is an epic ode to this divine dessert that has been tantalising taste buds for generations.

When is Hot Fudge Sundae Day?

It's national hot fudge sundae day on the 25th July.

The Genesis of Gooey Goodness

Back when 'cool cats' were just cats and disco was the hit new sound, folks found joy in a simple concoction of ice cream and melted chocolate. And why wouldn’t they? Vanillas and chocolates have been the Ross and Rachel of the culinary world long before television even thought of the pairing. Hot Fudge Sundae Day, observed every 25th July, is a sweet tribute to this love affair, continuing the tradition started by an unknown (but clearly genius) dessert enthusiast.

The Caramel Crescendo of 2015

Propelled by the power of social media, this delectable day reached its apex on July 25, 2015; a day when it was referenced a whopping 3,040 times online! Clearly, everyone had their 'sundae' best that year. Whether it was the global warming pang or just a desperate craving for something sweet, we may never know. But one thing we're sure of is that this day melted more than just chocolate. It melted hearts.

Celebrate Like It's Hot

How, you ask, do you celebrate Hot Fudge Sundae Day? Well, it's as simple as heading over to your nearest parlour and ordering a heaping hot bowl of fudge-y goodness, and basking in the envying looks of those who had no idea of the significance of this day! Or better still, throw a sundae party and spread the joy. Nothing screams 'I care' like warm chocolate after all.

History behind the term 'Hot Fudge Sundae'


Birth of the Soda Fountain

In the year 1871, the soda fountain was introduced in the United States, revolutionizing the way people enjoyed beverages. These popular machines dispensed carbonated drinks, and soon, creative individuals started experimenting with different flavors and toppings.


Ice Cream Sundays

In 1881, the term 'sundae' was coined in Evanston, Illinois. Due to religious laws prohibiting the consumption of ice cream sodas on Sundays, the spelling was changed to 'sundae.' These sweet treats consisted of a scoop or two of ice cream drenched in various flavored syrups.


Creation of Hot Fudge Sauce

The year 1906 saw the introduction of hot fudge sauce by Clarence Clifton Brown, a pharmacist turned ice cream parlor owner, in Cleveland, Ohio. Brown created the thick, rich sauce by heating and melting chocolate with cream and sugar. This delectable topping quickly gained popularity for its irresistible flavor.


Combining Hot Fudge with Ice Cream

In 1907, the term 'hot fudge sundae' was first documented. At C.C. Brown's Ice Cream Parlor in Los Angeles, California, the famous dessert menu item made its debut. The combination of hot fudge sauce with a scoop of ice cream created a delightful contrast of warm and cold, indulging the taste buds.


National Recognition

National recognition for the hot fudge sundae's popularity came in 1929 when Wisconsin declared the first ever 'Hot Fudge Sundae Day'. This acknowledgement solidified the status of the hot fudge sundae as a beloved dessert enjoyed nationwide. Since then, it has become an iconic treat and a staple on dessert menus around the country.

Did you know?

Did you know, the largest ice cream sundae was made in Edmonton, Canada in 1988. It weighed a whopping 54,914 pounds! That's a lot of delicious savoring.


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25th July 2015

Most mentioned on

25th July 2015

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