National Sundae Day falls on November 11. Sweet! Desserts aren’t much more decadent than marshmallows, chocolate, or strawberry sundaes, so let’s enjoy every minute of this day. You can visit a fun local ice cream shop or whip one up at home. It’s a treat either way. Of course, anything ice cream-related seems to brighten things up, but this one’s especially enjoyable.
History of National Sundae Day
Just who invented the ice cream sundae? Good question. Many claim credit. Here’s a glance at a trio of theories ranked from earliest to most recent.:
1. Sundaes first appeared around 1881 in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, when a man named George Hallauer asked his friend Edward C. Berner, the owner of a soda fountain, to top a dish of ice cream with chocolate sauce modelled after ice cream sodas. The magnificent creation only cost a nickel and skyrocketed in popularity, but it was sold only on Sundays.
2. A Plainfield, Illinois, druggist named Mr Sonntag created the dish in 1890 after customers requested something different. He called it the “Sonntag” after himself, and since Sonntag means Sunday in German, the name was translated to Sunday and later was spelt sundae.
3. John M. Scott, a minister, and Chester Platt, co-owner of a pharmacy, created the first sundae on April 3, 1892 (a Sunday), in Ithaca, New York; Platt covered dishes of ice cream with cherry syrup and candied cherries. The men named the word “Cherry Sunday.”. Historians found a newspaper ad for a “Cherry Sunday” placed in the Ithaca Daily Journal three days later. By May 1892, the Platt & Colt soda fountain also served “Strawberry Sundays” and “Chocolate Sundays”.
Either way, 130 years later, they’re quite a treat!
National Sundae Day Timeline
Clarence Clifton Brown, the owner of C.C. Brown’s Ice Cream Shop in Los Angeles, tops his sundae with hot chocolate sauce.
“Tin Roof” sundae
Harold Dean Thayer creates his version featuring a scoop of vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce and a knowledge of chocolate ice cream with marshmallow sauce, topped with peanuts.
Tale of two (sundae) cities
The Two Rivers City Council enacts the “Resolution Formally Challenging the City of Ithaca, New York’s Claim to be “Birthplace of the Ice Cream Sundae.”
In honour of National Dessert Day, New York City’s Sugar Factory restaurant creates a massive sundae known as the Candy Kong.
National Sundae Day Faqs
Is today National Sundae Day?
Why, yes, it is. See above for ways to make the most of one of the calendar’s sweetest days.
Does Dairy Queen have hot fudge sundaes?
Yes, DQ has you covered. Try the Midnight Fudge Sundae — topped with rich cocoa fudge — for extra decadence.
Is there a National Son Day?
Yes. And it’s the perfect day to treat your son to a sundae. National Sons Day takes place on September 28.
National Sundae Day Activities
- Host your sundae bar
- Sundaes are a dessert party in a bowl, so what better way to celebrate this sweet holiday than to host your sundae bar with some friends? Time for an ice cream social hour.
- Make your hot fudge sauce
- Making homemade hot fudge sauce is so simple, so good, and chocolatey that you will never want to return to the store-bought squirt-out-of-the-bottle kind again. Search online for a recipe — most use simple ingredients like heavy cream, cocoa powder, vanilla, chocolate, brown sugar, and corn syrup. Store it in your fridge, and you can drizzle this chocolate concoction for months.
- Make it boozy
- Time to make an adult version of this childhood favourite. For a simple but grown-up dessert, pour a tablespoon of coffee-flavoured liqueur over a coffee ice cream sundae or some crème de menthe over a mint chocolate chip sundae. You’ll be drunk in love with sundaes all over again.
Why We Love National Sundae Day
- They’re easy to make
- For sundaes, it’s the building and layering, not the cooking, that counts. These sweet treats require minimal effort with delectable rewards: you need your favourite ice cream, toppings, a bowl, and an ice cream scooper.
- It’s all about toppings
- The sky’s the limit when mixing and matching toppings for these ice cream concoctions. Try crumbled cookies, candy bar chunks, nuts, granola, and shredded coconut.
- They’re great for any occasion
- Sundaes are the perfect dessert to dress up a date night, sweeten an outdoor barbecue, or liven up a birthday. Dress up your next event by dressing in your “sundae” best.