August 21 is Spumoni Day, so treat yourself to a slice (or two) of the delicious layered Italian ice cream dessert.
Originating in Naples, Italy, Spumoni is a dessert made of layers of ice cream that are mixed with candied fruits, whipped cream, and nuts. Served in slices, spumoni traditionally includes chocolate, pistachio, and cherry flavored ice cream, though sometimes raspberry or strawberry ice cream can be used as a substitute for cherry.
Popular among Italian immigrants in the United States, Canada, and Argentina, and it is believed that Spumoni was the inspiration for Neapolitan ice cream - the three layered dessert made up of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream.
In many parts of the United States, Spumoni is considered a Christmas time dessert and is usually paired with cookies of some kind.
The unofficial holiday is also sometimes called National Spumoni Day in the U.S.
How to Celebrate?
In mood for some ice cream? Why not visit your local ice cream shop for a big slice of spumoni?
Can't find spumoni where you are? Don't despair, making spumoni from scratch is easy. All you need is chocolate, pistachio, and cherry ice cream, homemade or store bought, some nuts, candied fruits, and whipped cream. Layer the ice creams mixed with the nuts and fruits and the whipped cream one-by-one in a loaf pan, or any other mold of your choice, and let set. Unmold, slice, and enjoy. Don't forget to share it with family and friends.
Did You Know...
...that in Canada, Spumoni Day is celebrated every year on November 13?