Posted on July 11, 2018
Today is supposed to be Make Your Own Sundae Day.
It's also Slurpee Day, in honor of the unofficial birthday of the 7-11 store chain. Apparently, if you bring your own cup, you can score a small free slurpee at a 7-11 today!
Every year, 7-11 has a new flavor for Slurpee Day; this year it is Red Dawn Monster Mutant. I bet it tastes a lot like the classic cherry flavor, but that's just a guess. By the way, you can have your freebie be any available flavor - it doesn't have to be the special featured flavor.
I personally would rather make my own sundae than drink a Slurpee. I love the creaminess of ice cream - ESPECIALLY when there is fudge and caramel and chocolate chunks and nuts involved!!!
- A lot of different cities lay claim to being the birthplace of the ice cream sundae. I cannot help thinking that such an obvious idea as topping ice cream with various yummy things has in fact been invented a LOT of times and a LOT of places.
- The company that became 7-11 first opened in 1927, but it changed its name to 7-11 when it changed its hours to (you guessed it) 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. That change took place in 1946. Some stores are now open 24 hours, but the name is popular enough to keep even when it doesn't match the hours of operation.
- There used to be "Blue Laws" against selling soda and ice cream sodas on Sunday, on the basis that it is a holy day - at least in Illinois. Some say that that's why an ice cream treat without soda was invented and given a name that sounds like "Sunday." However, historians and etymologists aren't sure this is correct.
- Slurpees were first sold in 7-11 stores in 1965, under the name ICEEs. Nowadays ICEEs are sold in a lot of places (including movie theaters and convenience stores and amusement parks), and Slurpees are sold in 7-11s. But they are exactly the same thing! And they have a name that includes both ICEEs and Slurpees: they are both slushies!
Ice cream sundaes can be as varied as a scoop of vanilla ice cream topped by chocolate sauce, whipped cream, chopped peanuts, and a cherry...
...or a malted pretzel pie with 8 scoops of different flavors of ice cream, drenched with hot fudge and salted butter caramel, sprinkled with cookie dough, broken pretzels, Ritz crackers, M&Ms, chocolate and rainbow sprinkles, topped with whipped cream and a gummy cow...
...or coconut gelato, coconut wafers, toasted curls of fresh coconut, candied peanuts, whipped cream.
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