I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!


One of several versions of the painting "...

“The Scream”. The National Gallery, Oslo, Norway. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

National Ice Cream Day has come and gone—but in celebration I tried a new ice cream cone this weekend. It was sweet and salty pretzel ice cream. Advertised as a “NEW!” flavour on the chalk board of an ice cream emporium, I could not resist. Seriously, it called out my name, and I answered.  It was wonderful—the small chunks of pretzel embedded in the ‘to die for’ caramel laced ice cream were covered in chocolate.  I asked for one scoop, and I am glad I did not ask for two because the humongous scoop filled the giant waffle cone from top to bottom.

            I am not generally an ice cream lover, but I could easily become addicted to this flavour and will be on the lookout for it wherever I see a chalk board list. Ice cream is a very summer food—it is good at other times of the year, as an accompaniment to birthday cake or a slice of pie, but it comes into its own in the summer.

            I think my fondness for ice cream was tempered somewhat one summer when I was 17 and worked at the Kingsville Dairy on Pearl Street. I filled in for a few weeks for a vacationing ice cream scooper/banana split creator/milkshake maker/and architect of all things ice cream.  By the end of my stint I was a little tired of ice cream—covered some days up to my elbows in the frozen goodness when the ice cream bucket was no longer full and you practically had to dive into it to get the remaining few scoops.


Ice Cream with Freshly Made Waffle Cone

Ice Cream with Freshly Made Waffle Cone (Photo credit: anitasarkeesian)

  I learned a lot of things in those few weeks. I learned how to make milkshakes and brown cows and floats galore. But my banana splits were a sight to see. Beautifully fashioned, I almost hated to serve them as they were surely eaten by some gluttonous soul who would not appreciate my artful creation. I split the banana with precision, and if the boss was not there, spread some chocolate sauce on the bottom to keep the slices in place. Then I would dip out perfectly shaped round scoops of three different types of ice cream: strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla. The chocolate would be covered in chocolate sauce, the vanilla in pineapple sauce, and the strawberry scoop would get a dollop of strawberry preserves. Then the piece de resistance: whipped cream. It was a thing of beauty.

            I actually enjoyed waiting on the customers at the Dairy, but it was the Milkmen who were really nice. They would come in after making their deliveries, and each one would have their special order that they would get every day. After a week, you caught on to what they wanted and would not even have to ask. And of course they would always tip, in a place where tips were few and far between (for me anyway—but I never have been much of a waitress).

            I miss the days when we had Milkmen who delivered to your door. When I was a little girl, our Milkman (he was like a member of the family) would always call me and my friends “boys” if we were outside playing. He thought this was hilariously funny, and though I look back on it fondly now, at the time I was confused as to why he thought we were boys.

            Anyway, back to the topic at hand–National Ice Cream Day. According to Elyse Hastings on the website for 680 News Radio, The International Ice Cream Association has designated the whole month of July as National Ice Cream Month with National Ice Cream Day recognized on July 21st this year. 

            Senior Vice-President of Cold Stone Creamery, Nick Javor said in the write-up that “Ice cream is one of the most versatile foods in the world, with limitless combinations, and pairs perfectly with almost anything.”  Methinks Mr. Javor could be exaggerating just a bit, as pairing ice cream with roast beef, mashed potatoes and corn would not be the best combo I can think of, and it would just be messy on an antipasto tray.

            It was by Presidential Proclamation in 1984 that Ronald Reagan declared the third Sunday in July National Ice Cream Day. Apparently 90% of Americans eat ice cream. Canadians on the other hand, consume an average of 5.6 litres each of ice cream which is about 24 cups a year.

            Fun fact: The Ontario Dairy Farmers Association reports that the average number of licks to finish a half cup of ice cream is 50. I would not know as I do not lick my ice cream. I nibble it delicately and daintily—which does not explain why I usually end up with it dribbled down my front.

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?

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  1. Oh LouAnn, you are a really bad influence. Now all I can think about is icecream!!!!! Hmmm, maybe I will have to get some at lunch :).

    • it is still National Ice Cream Month–so you would merely be doing your civic duty–seriously, if you can find sweet and salty Pretzel you will think you have died and gone to heaven

      • I must say that the pretzel and icecream combo doesn’t really appeal to me, but I did just run down the street and get one scoop of peanut butter chocolate mud puddle and one scoop of chocolate chip cookie dough icecream. Yummmmmyyyyyyy!!!!!

      • you know how to celebrate in style my friend!

      • I try 🙂

  2. First off, I worked at a Friendly Ice Cream parlor, my first job. I remember grossing out at the dried ice cream I literally had to scrape off the inside of my right arm every night. And man, did I have mismatched biceps!!

    My favorite flavor is chocolate. I know, I know… there are a zillion flavors, but it all comes down to chocolate for me. Zanzibar Chocolate is a dark variety available around Madison, WI, and chocolate gelato is another fave.

    I will, on occasion, diverge from the path and do a Key Lime Pie gelato, but that’s rare.

    Reagan. Leave it to the Jelly Belly King to name an ice cream day. That’s one of about three things he did right!!

    GReat post, and thanks for asking! Also, thx for stopping by the blog, as always… Amy

    • so we have had some similar if gross experiences–I love chocolate too–I almost don’t have to say it, as it is that obvious for me–but the lime pie gelato sounds refreshing

  3. As I was reading this, all I could think was, “I sure hope I’ve got some ice cream left in the freezer!”
    My favorite flavor has always been mint chocolate chip. I don’t like chocolate ice cream by itself but pair it with the coolness of mint and it suddenly becomes something much more special. I also like green tea ice cream, which you can typically get in Japanese restaurants or Asian supermarkets. Great, now I really want some ice cream now!

  4. I can’t pick just one flavor……chunky monkey by Ben and Jerry is yummy and so is black cherry. I think I need some right now!

  5. I have a favorite, rarely do I have it but it’s a Black Raspberry chocolate chunk that is made the old fashioned way with milk and cream with no additives. It just melts in your mouth. Of course a good orange sherbert can hit the spot nicely too.

    What an artist you were with the ice cream, I wonder if you would have lost the inspiration if you worked there longer.

    My great uncle was a milkman and I still remember putting out the glass bottles to be collected and washed. But what I remember of my great uncle best were the phone calls my grandfather (his brother) received often. His customers knew him so well that when their milk was late they would report him and my grandfather would drive out to find him, passed out from drinking too much the night before. My grandfather would finish the route then tuck his brother in bed. Christmas my grandfather received more Christmas cards/gifts than his brother who had the route. 🙂

    • your favourite ice cream sounds absolutely wonderful–if I ever run across it I am going to try it out
      Love your story about your grandpa getting more cards and gifts than his brother–and well he should have–your great uncle partied a little too hardy!

      • They were full blood German, drinking was a given, he just took it too far and became an alcoholic. Everyone loved him though because all the brothers had a wicked sense of humor.

      • I am seriously thinking of turning to drink as a hobby (just kidding–but the thought has crossed my mind)

  6. I definitely have a weak spot when it comes to ice cream. . . butter pecan, vanilla, peanutbutter swirl, or almost any other flavor works for me.

  7. That cone looks so delicious. I’m sure most people have their own personal ice cream memories from way back. I too miss the milkman, even though it’s been decades since we had one deliver to the door. I also try to nibble “daintily and delicately.” 😎

  8. Can I have a banana split please and the boss isn’t here so can I have some chocolate as well?

    • lots and lots of chocolate sauce–my boss was very precise about the amount of sauce that could be used so that the dairy would not lose money–oh what she did not know went on after she went home!

      • I can only imagine.

      • we were like convicts set free

      • I would like one of those icecream sundae thingys with the little chunks of chocolate brownie in them please!!

      • coming right up, missy

      • Yayy!!! I love this icecream shop :).

      • maybe I should open one and treat the world to my fabulous banana splits–all banana splits all the time!

  9. I’m not a big eater of ice cream but I must say I do like the sound of that salty pretzel number and I wouldn’t mind trying one of your banana splits. I think I would appreciate your artistry, and would certainly take photos before I plunged in.

  10. What a fabulous tribute to the good-anytime treat! My favorite is easy … http://afrankangle.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/on-graeter-the-greatest/

    • talk about chocolate chunk — I remember reading this when you first posted it and my mouth is still watering

      • We celebrated with some on Sunday! It’s price, but outstanding. The next time you cross the border, track down a location with a store handling Graeter’s.

      • I will most certainly keep my eye out!

      • Use the zip code finder on their site.

      • will do

  11. How many flavors are there? Name it it is my favorite, “ice cream, ice cream….we all scream for ice cream” especially me!! 😀

  12. Today is National Vanilla Icecream day so I just had more icecream :).

  13. Loved Ice Cream day, and was happy to patronize the local Baskin-Robbins for a pint of hand-packed chocolate chip. Mmmm.

    Loved the milkman story; we are lacking in those small touches these days. It’s funny how people are going back to fresh and raw milk, or goat milk, etc. and having milk delivered again. Awesome! Maybe you really can go back…….

    I was glad to hear that July is Ice Cream Month, because I mid-week, after SOMEBODY had to go and mention that “stressed” is just “dessert” spelled backwards, I headed for BR once again. This time I didn’t mess around went right for the Quart. Oh yeah!

    There went my Corpus Minimus Project! dangit.

    • mine went out the window too–but we just had to celebrate Ice Cream month–we would not be good Americans or Canadians if we didn’t!

  14. Ice cream Day! Now there’s an idea. We don’t have that, maybe we should! I had the most delicious ginger ice-cream made from sheep’s milk while at Womad. Scrummy! 🙂

  15. I meant Ice cream Month, of course! A day isn’t anything like enough! 🙂

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