In a nice break from all the recent bad news, today question is about (are you ready?) ice cream. It’s summertime, after all. What could be more “on point” than summer’s favorite treat?
What is your favorite ice cream? Please list not only your favorite flavor, but also the brand that is your favorite. Please be specific.
Ice cream isn’t just something to eat. It’s full of memories. I remember racing from my house down to the street with a dime clutched in my hand. The ice cream truck had come! Oh joy. It could be a very long run from home to the truck, so you also had to yell “Hey, wait for me!”
There are no more ice cream trucks. Maybe they were not profitable, but they were such an important part of summer all those years ago. I don’t even remember if the ice cream was particularly good, but it was ice cream. It was also one of the few things for which my mother always gave me money. Summer and ice cream were truly like a horse and cart. They belonged together.
I’m pretty sure ice cream is better now than it was, at least the ice cream you buy in blocks at the grocery. Even the frozen yoghurt is delicious and I sometimes can’t tell the difference between them.
Both Garry and I favor strawberry, though other fruit flavors are also great. I think Garry’s extra special favorite is Rum Raisin (Edy’s Gourmet, usually), but both of us will eat almost any flavor if that’s what’s available. Except coffee. I’m not especially fond of coffee-flavored things, though I love coffee. That was my mother’s favorite and we always had coffee ice cream in the freezer.
Brands? I haven’t found a bad brand in years. They’re all good, even the store’s own. We also favor whatever is on sale, if it’s a flavor we like. It’s hard to find Rum Raisin, so I buy it when I find it. I also don’t like ice cream with a lot of stuff in it. If I want other things on or in my ice cream, I’ll add them myself.
Oh, almost forgot. I’m a big fan of pistachio ice cream, though that’s another flavor that’s hard to find. I haven’t seen it on the shelves in a couple of years. Maybe it’s more availabe in bigger supermarkets.
My favorite favorite are ice cream sandwiches. I got on the scale this morning and realized I’m carrying two and a half additional pounds of ice cream sandwiches since last week. Am I giving up ice cream? No, but I think maybe less and no more than one ice cream sandwich per day. Garry has put on almost 17 pounds since I started feeding him ice cream. That’s great for him and he looks better. It’s not as great for me.
It’s hard to find the right balance when I am feeding one man who is on Weight Watchers, another who needs to gain weight or stay even. And then, there’s me. I’m fine though I wouldn’t mind dropping a few pounds.
Nonetheless, it’s summer. Sitting here, writing about ice cream and knowing we have a block of cherry vanilla in the freezer? I feel a bit munchy. A little bit would be okay, wouldn’t it?