NATIONAL BLACK COW DAY | JUNE 10
National Black Cow Day, on June 10th each year recognizes an ice cream float beverage also known as a Root Beer Float. That’s right, the beverage made with root beer and vanilla ice cream was also called a Black Cow. It was originally made with vanilla ice cream but sometimes it’s made with chocolate ice cream or even plain cola flavor.
Frank J. Wisner of Cripple Creek, Colorado, gets the credit for inventing the Black Cow way back in August of 1893.
One night, as Wisner, owner of the Cripple Creek Cow Mountain Gold Mining Company, was staring out the window and thinking about the line of soda waters that was producing for the citizens of Cripple Creek, he came upon an idea. The full moon that night that was shining on the snow-capped Cow Mountain reminded him of a scoop of vanilla ice cream. He hurried back to his bar and added a spoonful of the creamy vanilla goodness to the children’s favorite flavor of soda, Myers Avenue Red Root Beer. When he tasted it, he knew he had a hit. Sure enough, it was!
Wisner named the new creation, Black Cow Mountain but the local children shortened the name to Black Cow.
HOW TO OBSERVE Black Cow Day
Sit back, relax, and enjoy a Black Cow! Use #BlackCowDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL BLACK COW DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this ice cream soda celebration.