1. First of all, July 31st has THREE different oddly specific national food holidays attached to it.
2. July 31st: National Jump for Jelly Beans Day
Not to be confused with National Jelly Bean Day (April 22nd), this is the only day of the year devoted entirely to actually jumping for joy over the existence of jelly beans. Celebrate accordingly.
3. July 31st: National Cotton Candy Day
4. July 31st: National Raspberry Cake Day
Photo: Taste of Home
If you have any room left after gorging on jelly beans and cotton candy today, you might want to indulge in a slice of this.
5. And don’t forget about these ultra-specific food holidays on the horizon…
6. August 21: National Spumoni Day
Spumoni= a three-flavor ice cream dessert, with layers of cherry, pistachio, and chocolate. Also immortalized in the last name of singer Dino Spumoni on Hey Arnold!
8. September 1st: National Cherry Popover Day
Don’t even THINK about substituting blueberries.
9. October 26th: National Mincemeat Day
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Yeah, probably still won’t be eating mincemeat that day…
10. November 12th: National Pizza With the Works Except Anchovies Day
Make sure you’ve got the right gear.
11. December 6th: National Gazpacho Day
Why they chose to place National Gazpacho Day in the middle of winter instead of in the summer months (i.e. the only time any one ever eats gazpacho EVER) remains a mystery.
12. January 16th: National Fig Newton Day
13. January 20th: National Coffee Break Day
National Coffee Break Day is on January 20th and also every other day of the year.
14. April 17: National Cheeseball Day
I think what they’re talking about on National Cheeseball Day is this.
But if you don’t have time to create fancy molded cheese creations, you could also celebrate with low-budget cheese balls…
16. February 18th: National Crab-Stuffed Flounder Day
17. March 10th: National Blueberry Popover Day
Okay, NOW you can have a blueberry popover.
18. March 15th: National Pears Hélène Day
Why did it take researching this article for me to find out that Pears Hélène exists?? I cannot believe I’ve been missing out on Pears Hélène my whole life.
19. March 23rd: National Melba Toast Day
Almost as extraordinarily boring as National Water Day on March 22nd.
20. April 20th: National Lima Bean Respect Day
Note the phraseology here. You are not merely supposed to celebrate lima beans. You are to respect them.
22. May 4th: National Candied Orange Peel Day
For some reason I have a hard time getting excited about these.
23. June 4th: National Frozen Yogurt Day
Photo: Giphy, gastrocinema.com