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The Peach Melba (French: pêche Melba, pronounced [pɛʃ mɛl.ba]) is a dessert of peaches and raspberry sauce with vanilla ice cream. The dish was invented in 1892 or 1893 by the French chef Auguste Escoffier at the Savoy Hotel, London, to honour the Australian soprano, Nellie Melba.
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National Peach Melba Day
The Peach Melba is an Ice Cream Sunday: 
The sundae is a sweet ice cream dessert. It typically consists of one or more scoops of ice cream topped with sauce or syrup, and in some cases other toppings including sprinkles, whipped cream, maraschino cherries, or other fruits
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Facts about the dessert
In 1892, Nellie Melba was performing in Wagner's opera Lohengrin at Covent Garden. The Duke of Orléans gave a dinner party to celebrate her triumph. For the occasion, Escoffier created a new dessert, and to display it, he used an ice sculpture of a swan, which is featured in the opera. The swan carried peaches which rested on a bed of vanilla ice cream and which were topped with spun sugar. According to rumour, Nellie Melba loved ice cream, but did not dare eat it often, believing it would affect her vocal cords. In Peach Melba the ice cream, being only one element in a whole, would not be as cold and thus not harm her vocal cords. In 1900, Escoffier created a new version of the dessert. For the occasion of the opening of the Carlton Hotel, where he was head chef, Escoffier omitted the ice swan and topped the peaches with raspberry purée. Other versions of this dessert use pears, apricots, or strawberries instead of peaches and/or use raspberry sauce or melted red currant jelly instead of raspberry purée.
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Origin of this Holiday
Our research did not find the true creator of this day, but it seems we did find the origin of this day.
Why the month of January and why the 13th day??  That's the question...
This holiday is referred to as a "National" day as all food and drink holidays are.  However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Even though we didn't, this is still a food holiday that is publicized to celebrate.

We found  recognition from...
calendar sites and personal Internet sites that blog and share information about this holiday. We also found reference to this day on food related websites and baker websites since marzipan is considered a dessert.
thenibble.com - 36tee5.com - foodimentary.com - eatocracy.cnn.com - food.com
eatmywords365.com - 365foods.wordpress.com - examiner.com - monthsofediblecelebrations.blogspot.com - 
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How can I Celebrate this holiday?
  • Host a peach melba making party! Ice cream parties are the easiest parties of all to host. Just pull out those ice cream bowls, vanilla ice cream and peaches and dig in with big fat spoons. Don't forget the extra touches like puree raspberries for the sauce; whipped cream and nuts to sprinkle on top.

  • Share sauce recipes. Maybe give a demonstration of how to whip real cream for whipped cream.

  • Ask family and friends over for a homemade ice cream social. Make the ice cream in front of the guest and enjoy some good conversation as it hardens. (An ice cream social, also known as an ice cream party, is a planned event, the primary focus of which is ice cream served to the guests. It is often a neighborhood event or welcoming party, normally held during the summer.)

  • Do you need a party door prize? You could think about giving away a set of ice cream bowls or even a ice cream maker.

  • Give a calendar as a gift so they will never forget the holiday again! Amazon has a huge selection of many different theme calendars. Pick a food or dessert theme calendar.

  • Send Free Internet Invitations! - If your ready to get together with your friends don't forget to invite them by email with these fun Internet Invitations. They are always fun & FREE!
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Types of sundaes

The original sundae consists of vanilla ice cream topped with a flavored sauce or syrup, whipped cream, and a maraschino cherry. Classic sundaes are typically named after the canned or bottled flavored syrup employed in the recipe: cherry sundae, chocolate sundae, strawberry sundae, raspberry sundae, etc. The classic sundae is traditionally served in a tulip-shaped, footed glass vase. Due to the long association between the shape of the glass and the dessert, this style of serving dish is generally now known as a sundae glass.

Fresh fruit sundaes

Sliced or chopped fruit that has been sugared and let to sit for an hour or more to form a sweet syrup may be substituted for the flavored sauce or syrup of the classic sundae. Fresh fruit sundaes include named variations such as the strawberry, peach, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, and mixed fruit sundaes. Fresh fruit sundaes are generally served during the summer months, and they are sometimes advertised as specialty offerings in agricultural areas where particular fruits are grown.

Heated-sauce sundaes
Heated-sauce sundaes are those in which the flavored sauce or syrup is heated before being poured over the ice cream, creating appealing differences in temperature as well as texture.

Hot fudge sundae
The hot fudge sundae is a variation on the classic sundae and is often a creation of vanilla ice cream, sprinkles, hot chocolate sauce (hence the "hot fudge"), whipped cream, nuts, and a single bright-red maraschino cherry on top. A hot fudge sundae can be made with any flavor of ice cream.

Occasionally, other stiff-textured sweet sauces replace the hot chocolate sauce of the classic hot fudge sundae. These novelty sundaes include the peanut butter sundae, the Nutella sundae, the hot maple syrup sundae, and others.

Black and White Sunday
This sundae features a scoop of vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce and a scoop of chocolate ice cream with creamy white marshmallow topping.
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National Peach Melba Day is celebrated annually on January 13th in the United States.
Above we learned about National Peach Melba Day but did you know that January has many more holidays and observances just waiting for you to celebrate? Yep! Just follow our links to learn all about them.
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