Tuesday, July 22, 2008
National Ice Cream Month
One of the simple joys in my life is ice cream. Maybe it comes from being a Utahn. I don't know. I've just always loved ice cream, so I am happy to discover that back in the '80s, Ronald Reagan desginated July as National Ice Cream Month with the third Sunday as National Ice Cream Day. We were out of town on Sunday, so we "celebrated" tonight with ice cream served on sugar cones--my favorite.
As a small child, I loved making homemade ice cream with my family. We had a really old ice cream maker that took forever, but it was always worth it. Today, I still love homemade raspberry ice cream--if someone else wants to take the time to make it! When I was twelve, I discovered the all-you-can-eat ice cream sundae bar at JBs Big Boy restaurant. I remember impressing my friends by eating three very large sundaes in one sitting. (Hey, I had to cover all my topping combos.) As I've matured, I've become more of an ice cream snob. My very favorite ice cream was Godiva Chocolate Raspberry Truffle, which, sadly, has been discontinued. I like the new flavors that Hagen-Daaz comes up with. Up until two weeks ago, my favorite flavor was Breyers Black Raspberry Chocolate Chunk ($2.88 at Wal-Mart). My new favorite is Smith's Premium Select Double Chocolate Cookie Crunch. It has two great things going for it: good texture with crunchy cookie swirls, and a rich, dark chocolate flavor. YUM! I'd better go get some right now!