National Frappe Day

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Michelle Meiklejohn / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

National Frappe Day is celebrated on October 4th each year.  The staff at National Whatever Day were unable to uncover the origin of this tasty day, but love to celebrate it by sipping on their vary own frappe.

A frappe is a chilled or frozen drink originating from the French word “frapper” meaning to chill.  In today’s caffeinated society, a frappe is often thought of as a coffee drink.  This may be due to Starbucks who popularized their brand of a frappe, Frappuccino, in 1995.  Even tough coffee is the most popular flavor of frappe, it can be made with any flavor such as fruit.

According to popular legend, coffee style frappe was invented in September 1957 when a Nestle sales representative, Dimitrios Vakondios ran out of hot water.  Vakondios was in the middle of a instant coffee presentation when he discovered there was no hot water for the mixture.  Instead of giving up, he reached for a shaker meant for Nesquick and filled it with the instant coffee and a bit of cold water.  This chilled, foamy concoction was an instant hit!