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    There’s Always Room for Dessert!

    There are countless national holidays, but none are more tantalizing than those celebrating dessert. They're a wonderful excuse to forget about waistlines and indulge in the honored treat of the day. In June, there are 12 national dessert holidays. All of us here at Lady Luck Casino® Black Hawk want you to enjoy each one at Otis and Henry’s® Bar and Grill. Located on our second floor, Otis and Henry’s offers comfort food and home-style desserts. You can’t miss the Triple Berry Tart a la Mode or the Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich, especially on these national dessert holidays:

    1. National Rocky Road Day – June 2
    Rocky Road ice cream was created by William Dreyer during the 1929 stock market crash. It is believed he wanted to lift people’s spirits, so he created an over-the-top chocolate ice cream mixed with marshmallows and almonds. Rocky Road was an instant success and is now found in countries all over the world.

    2. National Chocolate Macaroons Day – June 3
    Traditionally made from ground almonds, coconut, sugar and egg whites, macaroons have been adopted and modified by a variety of cultures. The chocolate macaroon is thought to be a creation of western European countries, who simply dipped coconut macaroons in chocolate. Today, the popular French macaron served with light meringue and chocolate ganache filling is a favorite.

    3. National Cheese Day – June 4
    Although cheese may not be the first thing you think of for dessert, it can be a nice change from the ordinary. Brillat savarin served with fresh raspberries or a fenacho with grapes brings an elegant and unusual end to a meal. Don’t forget about cheese variations, including cream cheese, which is the foundation of the Otis and Henry’s Homemade Cheesecake: a traditional cheesecake with a sweet graham cracker crust.

    4. National Chocolate Ice Cream Day – June 7
    It's a little known fact that chocolate was one of the first ice cream flavors, created before vanilla, as common chocolate drinks were turned into frozen desserts. Today, it is the second most common flavor of ice cream and the base ingredient for many dessert creations. Otis and Henry’s know this. Their Banana Split includes chocolate ice cream, as well as vanilla and strawberry ice cream, topped with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. Those who prefer vanilla can take heart: they've added a vanilla ice cream option to nearly every dessert on the menu, including the:
    Triple Berry Tart a la Mode
    Warm Apple Pie a Mode
    Hot Fudge Sundae
    Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich
    Brownie Pie

    5. National Black Cow Day – June 10
    Whether you call it a black cow, brown cow, or root beer float, the taste is still fantastic! Inspired by the full moon shining on the snowcapped peaks of Cow Mountain in Colorado, this dessert was traditionally made with root beer and vanilla ice cream. Today, other versions exist including cola and vanilla ice cream or root beer with chocolate ice cream.

    6. National German Chocolate Day – June 11
    Contrary to popular belief, German Chocolate Cake was not created in Germany, but rather, in the United States by American chocolate maker, Sam German. This layered chocolate cake, filled and topped with coconut pecan frosting, is a staple dessert found in bakeries and is a popular choice for boxed cake mixes.

    7. National Peanut Butter Cookie Day – June 12
    The peanut butter cookie was created by the agricultural educator, George Washington Carver, as an attempt to promote peanut crops as a replacement for badly damaged cotton crops. In his 1916 research bulletin, “How to Grow the Peanut and 105 ways of Preparing it for Human Consumption,” he included three cookie recipes that called for crushed peanuts. It wasn’t until the 1920s that peanut butter was listed as the main ingredient. Today, it is a popular dessert prominently known for the crisscross marks that top each cookie.

    8. National Strawberry Shortcake Day – June 14
    The original strawberry shortcake recipe called for broken pie crusts topped with strawberries. In the late 1800s, it became a well-known biscuit and fruit dessert served with hot butter and heavy cream. In the United States, strawberry shortcake parties were held as a celebration of the summer fruit harvest. The tradition is still upheld today by those who enjoy this light summer dessert.

    9. National Apple Strudel Day – June 17
    Strudel is often associated with Austrian cuisine, but it is also a traditional pastry belonging to the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. Apple strudel is the most popular version, largely due to its tasty filling of apples, sugar, cinnamon, raisons and breadcrumbs. This delectable filling wrapped in thin dough and topped with whipped cream is a popular dessert enjoyed around the world.

    10. National Vanilla Milkshake Day – June 20
    The first milkshakes were actually alcoholic beverages similar to eggnog. In the early 1900s, they became a wholesome drink made with flavored syrups. A few years later, a scoop of ice cream was added. By the 1930s, it was a popular drink found in malt shops across America. Today, milkshakes are a traditional dessert found on menus including the Otis and Henry’s dessert menu, which offers Incredible Milk Shakes in chocolate, vanilla or strawberry.

    11. National Chocolate Éclair Day – June 22
    The French word “éclair” means “flash of lightning,” and that is how most people eat this dessert. It is hard to resist the light oblong pastry filled with custard and topped with fondant icing. In the United States, éclairs are called Long Johns, though the two are not identical. A Long John uses donut pastry and is typically filled with pudding.

    12. National Chocolate Pudding Day – June 26
    In the 1800s, pudding was a sweet enjoyed only by the wealthy. Towards the end of the century, it curiously became a product marketed towards invalids and children. Today, pudding is still marketed for the ill, but there's a distinct difference between pudding meal replacements and those to be enjoyed as a dessert.

    National holidays for desserts are well represented in the month of June. There’s no better excuse to abandon your diet and go check out the dessert menu at Otis and Henry’s at Lady Luck®. Also, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook® and Twitter® for more blog updates and specials!

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