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Cream Puff Day Today

Today is bolludagur, or ‘Cream Puff Day,’ in Iceland, bringing a mixture of bad and good mood, depending on whether you are a good or a bad baker, a child or a parent. One thing is certain: the nation will gulp down large quantities of cream puffs today―so large indeed, that no one will develop a craving for them again until a year from now.

The buns are made of melted butter, flour, eggs and water, and filled with whipped cream. Many families make their own home-baked puffs, but baking them is known to put the clumsy baker in a bad mood, because of the precision required in measuring the baking time. If you take them out of the oven too early, they will collapse shortly after being taken out, making the frustrated baker collapse as well in front of his family, after wasting a whole afternoon for nothing.

Cream Puff Day is always on a Monday, seven weeks before Easter. Traditionally, children wake their parents up by spanking them with a cream puff stick, made of decorative crepe paper, glued on a wooden stick. This, of course, is great fun for the kids, but also a sure way to put their parents in a sour mood.

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