With summer right around the corner, the topic of ice cream could not be more imperative! Remember the ice cream man!? YUM. Did anyone ever play piddle paddle growing up with their leftover Popsicle sticks? I bet you did if your cool Speedo or swim trunks had a beach badge attached to it. What was your go-to from the white truck of desire? Screwball? Bomb Pop? Chaco Taco? Did you ever wonder how one got to BE an ice cream man? I definitely did. I think that was up there with my childhood dreams of being Vanna White and/or Yolanda Vega.
If you grew up in the tri-state area, did you ever have a Carvel ice cream cake for your birthday? Andy Bernard from The Office might have said it best: "Me likey the ice cream cake, okay? Fudgy the Whale."
I’m more mature now (yape) and instead of listening intently for the joyful tunes alerting me to the ice cream man’s approach, I seek and destroy my local grocer’s freezer. Vanilla, strawberry, coffee, oreo, moose tracks, tagalong (special edition during Girl Scout season), caramel swirl…the list goes on. I don’t hate on the non-dairy or lighter items either, black raspberry frozen yogurt, orange sherbet, melon sorbet and skinny cow and weight watcher ice cream bars are in my heart too. Even, and trust me here, frozen cool whip with berries. Boo YAH!
Recently, for the first time in my twenty-six years of life, I enjoyed a banana split. Bananas? Good! Nuts? Good. Hot fudge? Good. Cherries? Good! Whipped cream? Good. Ice cream? GOOOD! Now that’s living.
Frozen item to try summer 2010: Gelatto!
No matter how you get down with your frozen treats this summer (the possibilities are endless), I think it is important to get down. Be a rebel- splurge for the real stuff. Be a kid again- run after the ice cream man. Make a wish- over an ice cream cake. Get creative- buy the fixins’ and fancy up a cone at home. Indulge once in a while; you only live once and frozen treats melt fast.