I hope you’re sitting down, because I just heard of a holiday that I want to scream about! International Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. Yup, you read that right.
As the story goes, the parents of Joe and Ruth invented ICFBD to beat the winter doldrums in Upstate New York. The rules of the holiday are simple and easy to follow: eat ice cream…at breakfast…on the first Saturday in February. ( http://www.itzahckret.com/icecreamforbreakfast.html)
As simple as that tradition is, this could pose a tricky problem for those of us who are avoiding dairy. I plan on celebrating this February 5th with sorbet. Unlike sherbet and ice cream, sorbet does not contain dairy. It’s not hard to find in a grocery store, but sorbet can be tough to find if you’re out on the town. Here are a few national and local tips for where to celebrate ICFBD in dairy-free style!
Although they carry 31 flavors, it’s worth calling ahead to your local Baskin Robbins to see if one of those flavors is their sorbet. It comes in Pink Grapefruit Sorbet and Daiquiri Ice. Additionally, and I’m not sure if this is sacreligious to ICFBD, but there are a few other dairy-free concoctions that Baskin Robbins serves: Strawberry Citrus, Peach Passion and Wild Mango Fruit Blasts which are free of all allergens (milk, egg, soy, peanut, tree nut, and wheat) according to their nutrition panel.
Ben & Jerry’s:
I can always count on Ben & Jerry to come through for me in a pinch. And, they do in four different flavors: Berry, Mango, Lemonade and Pomegranate. Again, call ahead to make sure it’s on your local franchise’s menu.
Be aware that although Haagen Dazs and Cold Stone Creamery make sorbet, neither can guarantee they don’t contain trace amounts of dairy (and/or other allergens in Cold Stone’s case). Bummer!
Locally in and around D.C., Pulcinella’s (McLean, VA) serves orange and lemon sorbet in their shells. Be aware if you also have a nut allergy: last I had checked these were manufactured in a factory that also handles nut products. Down the street, Sweet Leaf (also McLean) serves delicious strawberry and mango sorbets.
In Falls Church, both Clare and Don’s Beach Shack and Lazy Sundae serve delicious homemade sorbets in a variety of flavors. Lazy Sundae regularly carries pear and pineapple sorbet, but I’m not certain sorbet is always available on the dessert menu at Clare and Don’s; so again call ahead if you’re going specifically for that.
If you know of any other local or national places that serve sorbet or dairy-free ice cream, help us celebrate International Ice Cream for Breakfast Day by posting a comment below. Happy ICFBD!