Let's Celebrate: National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day & Its Roots in NE Ohio
Today, on February 1st, we celebrate one of the most exciting holidays (that you may have never heard of): National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day!
For those of you who have been following the adventures of 1,465 or Bust, or for those of you who just love Ohio history, you may already know of the important connection that Northeastern Ohio has to the history of ice cream.
100 years ago (in 1920) "Good Humor" was founded by Harry Burt in Youngstown, Ohio. The company then went on to change the way we now enjoy ice cream. According to their website, Good Humor "started a delicious revolution with the first ice cream on a stick and then the original ice cream truck." (Good Humor - History)
Source: Good Humor
Historical Marker #33-50
The history of Good Humor is also discussed in our favorite form: an Ohio Historical Marker! Located in downtown Youngstown by the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center (325 W. Federal Street), marker #33-50 was erected in 2012. (If you go out searching for this marker, keep in mind that the "Good Humor" marker is double-sided and therefore shares this Ohio Historical Marker with "Ross Radio Company".)
Harry B. Burt (1874-1926) came to Youngstown in 1893 and began making and selling penny candy. He expanded his business with high quality candies, chocolates, and ice cream. Around 1920 Burt invented a process for freezing a stick in an ice cream bar and coating it in chocolate so one could eat it without touching it. He called his new confection "Good Humor Ice Cream Suckers." Burt purchased the building at 325 West Federal Street in 1921, remodeled it, and opened it on April 4, 1922 to make his products and serve his customers. Here he first mass produced ice cream bars and sold them in area neighborhoods from a fleet of freezer trucks with bells and uniformed drivers. After Burt's death, investors purchased the brand, formed the Good Humor Corporation of America in Chicago, and it grew into a national phenomenon.
National Ice Cream For Breakfast Day
So... what does this have to do with National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day?
Recently, Good Humor just announced a new flavor of their popular ice cream bars: Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Pop-Tart. By literally combining ice cream and breakfast, Good Humor has created the ultimate meal for today's holiday.
Good Humor's 100th Anniversary and Akron Children's Hospital
On a serious note, if you are a fan of Good Humor, consider looking into their 100th anniversary t-shirts designed by New Dawn Designs in Liberty, Ohio. These t-shirts are very special; with proceeds supporting Akron Children's Hospital if you purchase them at the hospital this coming Thursday and Friday. Learn more in the link below!
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See you at the next marker!
Check out this WKBN article on the Good Humor 100th Anniversary t-shirt sales for Akron Children's Hospital.
Learn more about the history of Good Humor here!