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National Spumoni Day

National Spumoni Day is dedicated to spumoni, the molded ice cream that originated in Naples, Italy. It usually consists of three layers of ice cream—cherry, pistachio, and chocolate—that customarily are mixed with fruit, nuts, and whipped cream. Unlike typical ice cream, spumoni is sliced instead of scooped. It was first introduced to the United States in the late 19th century, and is also popular in Argentina, another country with many Italian immigrants. Besides being eaten on this special day, it is popular as a Christmas time treat. Neapolitan ice cream is derived from spumoni, and takes its name from the city of Naples. Its flavors differ from spumoni, being made with strawberry and vanilla instead of cherry and pistachio, most likely because these were the most popular flavors in the United States when it began being made.

How to Observe

Treat yourself to some spumoni. If you live close to an Italian grocery store or deli, check to see if they have some. Here is a recipe to make your own spumoni. If you are feeling really adventurous you could make spumoni with homemade ice cream.

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