Fairport's Moonlight Creamery celebrates "International Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day" | Community Service
A 40+-year tradition of beating the winter doldrums with ice cream for breakfast continues Saturday, Feb. 1, at Moonlight Creamery, 36 West Avenue, Fairport. This year's International Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast will Saturday, February 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It will benefit Holy Childhood.
The menu will feature traditional toppings, as well as children of all ages’ favorite cereals such as Fruity Pebbles, Cap’n Crunch and granola, along with Belgian waffles a la mode, a “Complete Breakfast” sundae, and ice cream filled donut sandwiches. On hand will also be several breakfast-themed flavors, including To Sow My Wild Oats, Bourbon with Cornflakes, and the return of annual favorite, Maple Bacon. Coffee lovers will enjoy Espresso with English Toffee, made with fair trade, single origin, organic espresso roasted locally by Joe Bean Roasters.
There will also be door prizes including a pie in a custom wooden box crafted by the Special Touch Bakery at Holy Childhood and Holy Childhood’s woodworking program, “Ice Cream for a Year” certificates, and gift certificates for signature ice cream cakes and Decadence Party Packs.
The scoop on the homemade holiday is that Florence Rappaport of Rochester started it during a particularly cold winter in the mid 1960s. Her six children were tired of being cooped up indoors and she needed to build some excitement. She declared the first Saturday in February to be “Ice Cream for Breakfast Day.” The family celebrated it each year and it caught on among neighbors, relatives and friends. As the children grew up and neighbors moved on, it has spread as far away as China, India, Israel and Australia.
Last year, Rappaport’s daughter, Ruth Kramer, the “inspiration” for the holiday, joined the festivities and shared her family’s story with Moonlight Creamery owners and patrons. Last year’s event raised $1350 for the Make A Wish Foundation of Western New York.