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!
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7 comments:

Charlotte said...

Mmmmmm. I, too, love ice cream. I even asked a doctor if it could count as my daily dairy. I'm still more simple hearted. My favorite is vanilla with chocolate syrup, caramel, and nuts (and whipped cream if I have it). In the winter I alternated bites of icecream with sips of hot chocolate. No better way to do some late night reading.

In the summer I always try to keep a full supply of sugar cones with mint or cookie dough icecream around.

mindy said...

ice cream has always been one of my favorite things. We almost always has ice cream in the freezer in the garage, so in my mind it is a basic necessity of life, like bread and peanut butter and jam. I have many favorites, but one is Breyer's Rocky Road. The almonds are dipped in chocolate liquer! ::be still my beating heart:: And if you are ever in San Francisco, you have to have a sundae at Ghirardelli Square. DIVINE!

Our family said...

Mmmm, I'm in the mood for some Rocky Road right now

Debra said...

You're killing me with this post! Not one spoonful of ice cream to be found in our house. I used to be in love with Blue Bunny Chocolate Bunny Tracks. I don't think they make it anymore. Now I go for the Smiths/Kroger Private Selection equivalent. I think they call it Moose Tracks. Too good!

VickieG said...

OK, I can't even read your post & the comments without salivating. Very good Mary. PS We still have the ice cream freezer if you ever want to have it or borrow it. Maybe we should do that for a dessert the next FHE?

mindy said...

**nudge** it's been nearly a month! :o)

JAKE & JENNI GLAUSER said...

I can't believe how big Heber looks! They're growing so fast! Well, since we've been here, Jake and I have sampled many of the East Coast ice cream flavors - our new favorite is Boston Cream Pie - Boston cream flavored ice cream with real frosting swirls and big chunks of cake - DELICIOUS!!!

How's the Buick? I forgot to take a picture of it before we left (our first car) if you ever have time, can you email a picture of the beauty?