Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Summer of Ice Cream

By Ellery Adams

June is National Dairy Month and while I love milk and cheese, they don't hold a candle to the almighty ice cream.

A few fun ice cream facts: The Roman Emperor, Nero, enjoyed ice with bits of crushed fruit. This was the ancient world's form of ice cream.

In times of economic angst, ice cream sales increase. During the Great Depression, the outbreak of WWII, and our recent recession, people have reached for ice cream for  comfort.

I don't eat much ice cream (frozen yogurt, frozen custard, sherbet, gelato, or Popsicles) during the rest of the year, but during the summer I want it nearly every day!

As a country, Americans prefer vanilla over any other flavor. Really? That's so...vanilla!

I've noticed I've gone through ice cream phases in my life. When I was little, my favorite flavor was Pralines 'n Cream by Baskin & Robbins. In my 20s, I was obsessed with Starbuck's Java Chip ice cream.

And now? I can't stop swinging by our local Sweet Frog franchise. I always pick the Original Tart and load fresh berries on top. (Unless I'm feeling naughty and then I'll pick candy and chocolate sauce and skip the fruit)

What's your favorite frozen treat?


FirstOfMay said...

I am always cold even in the summer, mostly because mom has the air conditioning on, plus poor circulation, so I don't usually eat anything ice cold. I like frozen yogurt, but I swore off sweets a long time ago. When I do have ice cream, my portion is usually about 2 TBs, if that. My favorite frozen treat is a sno cone. When I was growing up, the sno cone man came around all the time. I always got the same thing--cherry, extra juice. He always remembered and when his son-in-law took over, he remembered, too. He doesn't come around anymore, and no other sno cone is the same to me. I also like a slushie (Cherry, of course), and those yummie smoothies (minus the yogurt) and strawberry lemonade drinks from McDonalds. Lately, I've had a strange craving for Italian Ice. Not the frozen sticks you suck on, but real Italian Ice in a cup with the wooden spoon. I haven't had one of those in at least 25 years.

Mirjam said...

Like you I usually only eat ice cream in Summer. I usually go for an ice cream cone with one or two scoops. I always pick lemon, which is so delightfully fresh, and one other fruity flavour. I tend to switch the second one for variety. If I have something to celebrate I go for Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey, which I really love. :)

Aurian said...

I can eat a pint of Ben and Jerry's all through the year, even if it is frozen outside, when I feel I need some comfort. And I recently re-discovered frozen Mars Icecream, which I love. But I don't eat that many icecreams as I used to do as a kid.

Lori Cimino said...

POPSICLES! i am really into popsicles this year. Love the Edy's brand ones made with real fruit juice.
Ice it but w/my weight loss journey I eat is sparingly. And my favorites tend to go in streaks altho one I always love and return to is anything with vanilla, chocolate and peanut butter

Dru said...

For the summer I like Popsicle and for winters I like a bowl of vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup

Breaunna Miller said...

Ice cream is usually my fave, vanilla with chocolate syrup to be exact. However, a few months ago I found some frozen fruit bars that I really enjoy. They are Edy's brand fruit bars & come in several flavors, such as strawberry (yummy), pinneaple, mango, and a few others. They seem to be fairly healthy at only 80 calories, no sugar & made w/ real fruit pieces. The strawberry bars have big chunks of frozen fruit which is so yummy! They're perfect for the 100+ degree days we've been having this Summer!

Jody said...

I love coffee flavored ice cream. However, I've just asked my husband for homemade cherry ice cream for Independence Day. I'll mix up the ice cream mixture & chop the cherries for him.