National Black Cow Day is observed each year on June 10. Are you in the mood for ice cream? We are all familiar with the Root Beer Float but did you know that it is also called the Black Cow?
A Black Cow was originally made with root beer and vanilla ice cream. Now it is sometimes made with root beer and chocolate ice cream or cola and vanilla ice cream.
Growing up my dad taught us they are ice cold cola and vanilla ice cream. They are even better if you make your own homemade vanilla ice cream. They are especially great during those hot, humid summer evenings in Florida where we grew up.
Today we still celebrate those lazy summer nights. Everytime I make a Black Cow, I remember fond memories when my dad taught us the finer points of making them. So enjoy the tradition and share these easy treats with your precious ones, for memories that stay fresh and special 40 years later. Hopefully they will pass it on to future generations.
Frank J. Wisner of Cripple Creek, Colorado, gets the credit for inventing the Black Cow way back in August of 1893.
One night, as Wisner, owner of the Cripple Creek Cow Mountain Gold Mining Company, was staring out the window and thinking about the line of soda waters that was producing for the citizens of Cripple Creek, he came upon an idea. The full moon that night that was shining on the snow-capped Cow Mountain reminded him of a scoop of vanilla ice cream. He hurried back to his bar and added a spoonful of the creamy vanilla goodness to the children’s favorite flavor of soda, Myers Avenue Red Root Beer. When he tasted it, he knew he had a hit. Sure enough, he did!
Wisner named the new creation, Black Cow Mountain but the local children shortened the name to Black Cow.
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