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Cooling Summer Sweets, The Definitive Guide

Cooling Summer Sweets:

Cooling Summer Sweets @ Cicchetti

(The sundae to end all sundaes at Cicchetti)

Cooling Summer Sweets

With the Dog Days of Summer upon us, it’s imperative to cool down with warm-weather treats like ice cream, floats, and other summery sweets.

Summer Sweets: If August lives up to its “Dog Days of Summer” moniker, we’re all gonna need some serious A.C. and ice cream in the coming weeks. Fortunately, Chicago is chock full of the latter. Along with numerous other ice cream-adjacent coolers ideal for quenching those sweaty mid-day hankerings. From housemade ice pops to gourmet ice cream sandwiches, here’s your definitive guide to cooling down and sweetening up this August.…………CONTINUE:  



 The sundae is a sweet ice cream dessert. It typically consists of one or more scoops of ice cream topped with sauce or syrup, and in some cases other toppings including sprinkleswhipped creammaraschino cherries, or other fruits (e.g.,bananas and pineapple in a banana split.). According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the origin of the term sundae is obscure; however, it is generally accepted that the spelling “sundae” derives from the English word Sunday, or from the German Sonntag, which means Sunday.[1] This may come from the belief that a special treat such as sundae is usually eaten on weekends. Another possible origin is the German word Sünde (/ˈzʏndə/), meaning sin, alluding to the calorie rich nature of a sundae.[citation needed]


Among the many stories about the invention of the sundae, a frequent theme is that the ice cream sundae was a variation of the popular ice cream soda. According to documentation published by the Evanston Public Library (Illinois), the drinking of soda was outlawed on Sundays in Illinois.[2]

Other origin stories for the sundae focus on the novelty or inventiveness of the treat or the name of the originator, and make no mention of legal pressures.

Ice cream sundae soon became the weekend semi-official soda fountain confection in the beginning of 1900s and quickly gained popularity. The Ice Cream Trade Journal for 1909 along with plain, or French sundae, listed such exotic varieties as Robin Hood sundae, Cocoa Caramel sundae, Black Hawk sundae, Angel Cake sundae, Cherry Dip sundae, Cinnamon Peak sundae, Opera sundae, Fleur D’Orange sundae, Knickerbocker sundae, Tally-Ho Sundae, Bismarck and George Washington sundaes, to name a few.[3]