Monthly Briefings:

Enjoy our monthly list of holdays, parades and festivals. Also, each month we will publish informative dessert news and reviews. Some stories could be about an ingredient we use, where it is made or grown, how it is harvested or even the ancient history behind it.  Whenever we learn of a modern-day chocolate convention, a big-time international business trade show or an interesting brand new dessert product in the grocery stores we will report it right here.  So we hope you return each week for some sweet news to brighten up your day.

July 2020 Holidays, Parades and Festivals

National Deli Salad Month
National Grilling Month              no web site
National Horseradish Month
National Hot Dog Month  
National Ice Cream Month
National Watermelon Month
Riverfest              July 1-4       La Crosse, WI
Essence Festival    July 2-5      New Orleans, LA
Canada: Calgary Stampede         July 3-12     Calgary, AB
Ennis Rodeo and Parade   July 3-4      Ennis, MT
Andrews Fourth of July Festivities     Andrews, TX
Boom Box Parade   July 4          Willimantic, CT
Bristol Fourth of July Celebration      July 4 Bristol, RI
Calithumpian Parade         July 4           Biwabik, MN           no web site
Int’l Cherry Pit Spitting Championship July 4 
Liberty Celebration         July 4           Yorktown, VA
Mackinaw City’s  Fireworks July 4 Mackinaw City, MI
Spain: Running of the Bulls July 7-14   Pamplona, Spain     no web site
California State Fair       July 10-26   Sacramento, CA
Wayne Chicken Show       July 10-12    Wayne, NE
Make Your Own Sundae Day      July 11         Baltimore, MD       no web site
Nat’l French Fry Day       July 13        no web site
France: Bastille Day         July 14        no web site
Fairfest      July 15-19    Hastings, NE
Japan: Bon Festival (Festival of Lanterns)     July 15 (also August 15) no web site
North Dakota State Fair July 17-25   Minot, ND
Sherwood Robin Hood Fest July 17-18 Sherwood, OR
National Ice Cream Day   July 19
England: Farnborough International Airshow July 20-24
Hood River County Fair    July 22-25  Hood River, OR
Oregon Brewers Festival July 22-25  Portland, OR
Bangor State Fair  July 23-Aug 1        Bangor, ME  www,
Delaware State Fair July 23-Aug 1      Harrington, DE
Annie Oakley Days July 24-26  Greenville, OH
Arcadia Daze         July 24-26  Arcadia, ME           no web site
Games of the XXXII Olympiad-Tokyo, Japan July 24-Aug, 9
Geneva Arts Festival       July 25-26  Geneva, IL
Germany:Wagner Fest July 25-26 Bayreuth, Germany
National Day of the Cowboy       July 25
Puerto Rico: Loiza Aldea Fiesta July 25-28 Loiza Aldea, Puerto Rico no web site
Faroe Islands: Olai Festival       July 28-29  Torshavn, Denmark
Ohio State Fair     July 29-Aug. 9       Columbus, OH        www,
Lollapalooza July 30-Aug 2        Chicago, IL
National Cheesecake Day Jul 30           no web site
Blueberry Arts Festival   July 31-Aug. 2 Ketchikan, AK
Gigglefeet Dance Festival  July 31-Aug. 2 Ketchikan, AK
Montana State Fair July 31-Aug 8 Great Falls, MT
Musikfest    July 31-Aug. 9       Bethlehem, PA
Nat’l Czech Festival July 31-Aug. 2 Wilber, NE
New Jersey State Fair    July 31-Aug. 9       Augusta, GA
Satchmo Summerfest      July 31-Aug 2        New Orleans, LA
Tall Timber Days   July 31-Aug. 2       Grand Rapids, MI

Source: Chase’s Calendar of Events 2020



1. DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie

There are about 400 DoubleTree Hotels by Hilton located in 40 countries. No matter which one you stay in they all have the same cookie available for free at check-in: The famous Doubletree Chocolate Chip cookie. In fact, it is so famous it was said to have been the first food ever baked on a space flight. In late April 2020 the hotel chain decided to divulge the recipe. We give a five-star rating for the cookie and another five-stars to DoubleTree for unveiling the secret recipe.  Thanks DoubleTree!

2. Sally’s Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie

We found a great recipe from our friends at Sally’s Baking Addiction. The dough needs to be refrigerated for a few hours so it is easy to handle and spreads less in the oven.  We picked this recipe because it is close to our May Flavor-of-the-Month fudge, Chocolate Caramel Cookie. Sally has thousands of recipes, cookbooks and offers free dessert recipes every week. It’s a lot of fun and worth a visit.

3. Crock Pot Nerds Fudge Recipe By Sarah V. Hayes

Photo by Melissa on

Have your kids opened their lunchbox to see fudge, with Nerd’s on top? Providing them with such a kid-loving, appetizing dessert, my kids would wonder what they did right.  Whether  a dessert for good behavior, or a dessert to satisfy the sweet tooth, surely this recipe will be a gift. If you’re a parent whose learned bribery works well, you’ll want to store this recipe for safekeeping. Especially for those on a time-limit, you will be happy to know this can be cooked in a crock-pot. Taken from Melissa at, be sure to have your Rainbow Nerds handy:

500g milky bar chocolate
1x 395g Tin sweetened condensed milk
1x Tblsp spoon of butter
Box of nerds
Cook everything but the nerds with the lid off for 1.5hrs on low & stir on & off
Add nerds and mix.
Put in Tray to cool in fridge.