There’s a “National” day for everything, and I’m certainly not complaining about this one! Saturday, February 2 is National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, and we have some great options for you to celebrate!
National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day in Columbus
Hilliard Ice Cream Trail
The Hilliard Ice Cream Trail has plenty of treats to choose from for Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. For that matter, you could have ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Visit the 6 locations through the year to complete the Ice Cream Trail Passport and earn an “I completed the Hilliard Ice Cream Trail” drawstring bag. The trail includes great options such as homemade ice cream and unique popsicles, gelato, frozen custard, and coffee drinks with ice cream. If you’re a coffee lover, you MUST try the affogato at Coffee Connections in Hilliard. It is amazing! And if you have kids, bring them with you to play in the upstairs kids’ area – it’s so much fun!
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream locations open at 9 a.m. to scoop up your favorite “breakfast” ice cream. Coffee with Cream & Sugar, Cream Puff, Brambleberry Crisp, Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk, or Honey Vanilla Bean all sound like great breakfast options (though I wouldn’t hold it against you for picking fan-favorite, Salty Caramel)! The event supports She Should Run, an amazing nonprofit working to get 250,000 women running for elected office by 2030. From 9 a.m. to noon, they’ll donate 50% of all sales to She Should Run. Want to stay home? You can order an Ice Cream for Breakfast collection online and eat your breakfast in bed at home. 100% of all profits will go directly to She Should Run.
Bake Me Happy
Bake Me Happy, an amazing gluten-free bakery in Merion Village (106 E. Moler St), has paired up with Lopaus Point to make ice cream for breakfast plans easy for the gluten-free group. From 8 am – Noon they will be serving Lopaus Point waffles (Chocolate Chip or Banana Flax) with ice cream, along with a full sundae bar. It’s all gluten free; the waffles are also dairy-free, and there’s a dairy-free ice cream available as well. They’ll also have other bakery specials with an ice cream theme (their baked goods are amazing, whether you are gluten-free or not), and they have GREAT coffee.
Cookie Dough Creamery
Cookie Dough Creamery in the Shops at Worthington Place (7227 N High St) is opening at 7 a.m. to celebrate the day! They’ll have freshly made Waffle Bites and Maple Syrup topping to the self serve sundae bar as well as additional cereals. Customers are encouraged to wear pajamas. Have your picture taken in your pajamas for a chance to win gift cards. Winners will be awarded in the categories of 1) Funniest; 2) Wildest, and 3) Sweetest. After having ice cream for breakfast, pick up something healthy at the Worthington Farmers Market, which opens at 9 a.m., and feel less guilty about that ice cream!
Ice Cream for Breakfast in Bed
Prefer to stay in and eat ice cream for breakfast? Pick up your favorite flavor, or enjoy one of our suggestions:
Waffle with a Scoop: Top your waffle with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.
Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich: Toast two waffles and let cool. Sandwich your favorite ice cream between the waffles and enjoy! You could also do the same with healthy breakfast cookies instead of waffles.
Homemade Disney Copycat Pineapple Dole Whip: There are lots of copycat recipes for this Disney favorite. Here’s a good option.
Coffee with Ice Cream: Skip the cream and top your coffee with a scoop of vanilla. Fancy sugared waffles optional. Have an espresso maker? Do yourself a favor and make an affogato. It’s a simple, traditional Italian dessert that will blow mind. It’s simply good vanilla ice cream topped with a shot or two of espresso. Add a shot of liqueur if you’d like. It also makes a great after-dinner dessert for a party.
Snow Ice Cream: Not sure if snow is in the forecast, but if we get a fresh snow, you can make this Snow Ice Cream. This can be made ahead and kept in the freezer. You may need to thaw in the microwave for 10-20 seconds before enjoying. My kids loved making this with me – and eating it, of course.
Fresh fruit and ice cream: It will seem a little more like breakfast if you thrown some strawberries on top!
Protein Ice Cream: If you can’t imagine starting your day with something sugary-sweet, try one of the protein options, like Halo Top, available in your grocery store. Make sure to leave the ice cream sit out until it starts to get soft for better flavor.
Healthy Banana Ice Cream: Try this recipe to make your own “ice cream”. Don’t forget to freeze your bananas the night before!
Yogurt Sundae: If you’re REALLY not on board with ice cream for breakfast, make yourself a yogurt sundae. Pick your favorite yogurt, add some fruit toppings, and a sprinkle of cereal on top. Pretend you’re walking on the wild side.
On thing is for sure, if you have children and you let them eat ice cream for breakfast on February 2, you’ll be a hero to them.