Today is Ben and Jerry’s Free Cone Day. We went over tonight about an hour before it closed up for the evening; Bart got “Phish Food” and I got “Cinnamon Buns,” which may well be the best ice cream I’ve ever tasted. I don’t know what it is about Cinnamon ice cream, but it’s always one of my favorites. I went to Maggie Moo’s recently and got cinnamon ice cream with cookie dough, caramel, and teddy grahams. Delicious!
If I had to choose any dessert to eat solely for the rest of my life, it would be, without a doubt, ice cream. I love ice cream; I love mint, I love cookies and cream, I love white chocolate, I love brownie ice cream, I love strawberry, etc, etc, etc. The only kind of ice cream I don’t particularly love is chocolate (although few things are as delicious as Cold Stone chocolate ice cream with raspberries).
I definitely come by my love of ice cream naturally; my dad, who doesn’t really care for sweets, does very much enjoy ice cream, particularly mint chocolate chip. He worked at an ice cream store in high school, and I followed suit, working at Cold Stone in Las Vegas for 3 1/2 years.
When I worked at Cold Stone, and it got slow, I would take two little sample spoons and make myself a mini-creation, trying to figure out what might be delicious, or tasting popular combinations so that I could recommend (or not recommend) any number of things (it bothers me when you go to a restaurant and the waiter/waitress tells you “I don’t know if that’s any good; I’ve never tried it”). When you have more than a dozen flavors and thirty or forty different mix-ins, there really is no limit to the combinations you can come up with. Oh, life was good.
I just really love ice cream. Last night, some friends of our stopped by to bring us a thank-you gift for babysitting their children over the weekend last month. In addition to a gift certificate, they brought us a half gallon of “Chocolate Brownie Overload” by Blue Bell. It’s filled with peanut butter brownies, three kinds of nuts, whipped cream, fudge, and caramel. It’s unspeakably delicious. I think I might go have a spoonful right now. Mmmmmmmm….
P.S. Sorry not to have mentioned Free Cone Day – I’ve been waiting for it for weeks, so I’m not sure how it slipped my mind. Hopefully someone kinder than me told you, and you were able to enjoy a delicious scoop of your choice.