Ladies and gentlemen, July 25 is National Hot Fudge Sundae Day. With heaping scoops of ice cream melting underneath heated fudge, lathered in whipped cream, and topped with a maraschino cherry, it's no wonder the dish got itself its own holiday.
The history of the sundae is obscure, but the most popular origin myth is that it was invented in reaction to blue laws that prohibited the sale of ice cream on Sundays. The whipped cream, chocolate sauce, nuts, and other toppings that obscured the ice cream made the dish -- at least for legal purposes -- not technically ice cream.
Another version of the story says it was made from the leftovers of different ice cream flavors at the end of the weekend. For dignity's sake, we prefer the law-defying version.