Happy National Chocolate Wafer Day! Chocolate lovers across the country have a reason to enjoy this universal snack. Today is the wafer’s special day. These crisp snacks are an American favorite. With their waffle surface pattern and thin layers held together with a thin layer of frosting, these tasty treats make an excellent addition to ice cream.

They are also a popular ingredient in cakes and cheesecakes. And can be crushed and added to lend a chocolaty flavor to piecrust. Sugar free or fully loaded, they are a snack that has been around for a long time and enjoyed by several generations.

It is true these wafer snacks come in flavors – strawberry, vanilla, mocha, lemon, peanut butter, etc., but chocolate is king today.

When was the last time you enjoyed one of these yummy snacks?

For nostalgia’s sake, go out and get a package, open it up, remember the smell, sit down and have a snack. Better yet, share the package with someone and make a memory.

It is almost here, Yea! “Hat’s Off to Herald!” is the theme of Herald Day 2019. And it is only a month away.

Yes, in exactly one month on Saturday, Aug. 3, we will be celebrating all good things that are Herald.

Starting the day with the annual pancake breakfast and then on to the parade with our own, homegrown Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli Jr. as this year’s Grand Marshall.

In addition to the parade, horseshoe tournament, mud volleyball and auction, there will be contests for food, canning items and photography; local artisans will have craft booths for gift shopping (remember, by Aug. 3, there will be only 145 shopping days until Christmas); and food booths operated by local nonprofit organizations will be looking forward to satisfying your taste buds.

Also, antique tractors will be on display for all to enjoy.

All entry forms for the parade, contests, food and craft booths can be picked up at the Herald Store starting this evening. The forms include contact information. To donate items for the auction, call 209-712-1851; for general information, call Robin at 209-810-8390.

Throughout the month of July, I will have more information. It is going to be a good time and great memories.

Keep if safe and sane tomorrow. And watch the traffic. There are a lot of excited people trying to get to their destinations. Enjoy the fireworks celebrating our country’s Independence Day, make a memory and take some photos. Remember, freedom isn’t free.

I’m disappointed, but due to the holiday weekend, Food Truck Mania this Saturday in Old Town Galt has been canceled, but I’m told it will be back Aug. 3. I absolutely love this event. Trying different foods is always fun, and there seems to be just enough in each serving to have a satisfying taste and then try something else and not get too full. The vendors are courteous, the food prepared well, and there are places to sit and enjoy the evening, listening to the music, chatting with your tablemates. You may even bring your own lawn chair if you choose. If you want a fun evening and would like to try some interesting food, invite your friends to join you in Old Town Galt on the first Saturday in August.

Dates to remember:

Tonight – Herald Community Club meeting, Hendrickson’s Training Center, 7 p.m., for Herald Day final planning.

Thursday, July 4 – Independence Day