Saturday, May 22, 2010

Only One Scoop?!

by Anna Sugden

Summer has arrived here in England (for this week, at least!). Temperatures are hovering pleasantly in the high 70's, cricket is being played on the village greens and the best sign of summer of all ... the tinny notes of 'O Sole Mio' (better know to us over here as the music from the ice cream ad - Just One Cornetto) ringing across the neighbourhood as the ice cream van plies its trade.

The first ice cream van aka Mr Whippy (though, these days they aren't all the real deal!) appeared last weekend and all the neighbourhood kids (young and old) lined up for their favourite summer treat ... the 99. (see pic left). No idea why it's called a 99, but up and down the country everyone loves them.

The real 99 is a whipped ice cream with a Cadbury's chocolate Flake stuck in it. For special treats, you can have sauce on it - strawberry is my fave, though the kids like the blue one! You can also have an extra Flake!


The ice cream vans of my childhood also had a wonderful array of ice lollies - who wanted boring vanilla ice cream (even with the added extras) when you could have a Lolly Gobble Choc Bomb or a Zoom or a Fab?!

Other fond memories of the pre-Baskin Robbins, Haagen Dazs and Ben & Jerry's days are the ice cream desserts ... the Arctic Roll, the Neapolitan and (for the posh folks) the Vienetta!

And then, the really special treats ... the banana split and the knickebocker glory.



When I was a teenager, we lived in Virginia and there was a Farrells Ice Cream Parlour nearby. One of my favourite birthdays was at Farrells - complete with a Pikes Peak for the whole table. I couldn't find a pic of it, but the thing was HUGE!

Don't get me wrong, I love favour varieties too. My best friend growing up and I bonded over our love for mint chocolate chip ice cream.

But, you can't limit me to one scoop!

How can I choose between mint choc chip and strawberry cheesecake, Chunky Monkey, Cookie Dough, banana split, Cherry Garcia and the late lamented Uncanny Cashew and Wavy Gravy?!

Mmm ... time for the yummy boys of the ice to delve into the Lair's freezer and serve up some ice cream. So, grab a hockey hunk and give him your order *g*. [For P226 and any other BB males - we have some ice girls on hand too! But you'll have to be quick, those gals can really skate!] Triple scoops all round!

Do you have any fun ice cream memories - favourite desserts, ice lollies or other chiller delights?

84 comments:

limecello said...

YUM!

PinkPeony said...

Hey Anna! Those pics look yummy.
We used to go to Farrell's for birthdays! Do you remember the "Zoo" that came on a stretcher with different flavored ice creams and little plastic animals? The tinkle of an ice cream truck stll makes my heart skip a beat but sadly, they're a rare find these days. I'm a big fan of Cadbury's choc flake...think I'll seek out some soft serve ice cream tomorrow. Have a great weekend! Congrats, Lime!

Helen said...

He is staying with you lime have fun with him

Anna

I love ice cream and the ice cream vans here in Oz are mostly Mr Whippy and they play Greensleeves as the tune.

As a kid we never had ice cream places that I can remember anyway but Mum used to make us milk ice blocks all they are is milk vanilla essence and water poured into plastic ice trays and special ice block makers and they were really yummy. These days there are so many different types of ice cream desserts in the supemarket freezer it can take you hours to choose which one you want but Vienetta will always be one of my favourites and so many flavours vanilla chocolate choc mint and even in winter here we often pick one up to have for dessert.

I might just duck over to the shops and get one for tonight while I am watching the footy on TV

Have Fun
Helen

Suzanne Welsh said...

Ah Anna, ice cream, huh?

As a kid I loved to have home made peach ice cream with chunks of fresh peaches in it. mmmmmm

Tonight I had a bowl of caramel swirl chocolate chip and toffee bits ice cream. To die for!

PJ said...

Hi Anna! I'm keeping Google busy this morning, enriching my English frozen treat education. From what I've found out about the Cadbury Flake and Vienetta, I'm thinking it's a very good thing they don't sell them where I live. I'd be eating way too many of them! :)

Our minister's son drove the ice cream truck when we were kids. We'd hear the music long before he ever got to our street and be lined up waiting by the time he arrived. My favorite treat to buy from him was something in a cup that tasted like a frozen chocolate malted. I don't remember what they were called but they sure were good!

PJ said...

Suz, Clemson University's Ag Department makes the best fresh peach ice cream I've ever tasted. It's fabulous! No surprise that I'm counting the days until our local peaches are in season!

Anna Sugden said...

OMG yes - I do remember the Zoo, PinkPeony! Wasn't it awesome?! Farrell's used to be my fave place to go, though as I got older, I didn't want them singing to me!

There is something so decadent about a Flake - or maybe it's just the old adverts have brainwashed me. I love the new fun size packs, because I don't feel so guilty indulging in a little one!

Of course, when it's in a 99, I don't feel guilty at all!

Anna Sugden said...

Commiserations, Lime. Maybe if you give him some ice cream, he'll get brain freeze!

Anna Sugden said...

Hi Helen! I bet having grandbabies is a great excuse to indulge in more ice cream.

I always forget you have many of the same things as us! Cool that you have Mr Whippys too - but uggh on the Greensleeves!

Your mum's ice cream sounds like one my grandmother used to make - she mashed strawberries and bananas into the milk and froze it in an ice-tray. In those days, we had 'top of the milk' and she'd get a gold top so the milk was a little creamier. Yum.

Anna Sugden said...

Oooh yum, Suz. One of the great things about buying lovely hubby an ice-cream maker for his birthday is the ice cream he makes - we love peach, strawberry, rasberry, mango and melon ice creams. His weekend treat this weekend is going to be Malteser ice cream.

Anna Sugden said...

Now see PJ - this is all a ploy to get you to come over here and visit me! I can see my suitcase will be full of chocolate treats in Orlando - including a pack of Flakes!

Even the sound of an ice-cream van makes me smile - as soon as you hear it, you know all the neighbourhood kids are jumping for joy! (Even the big kids LOL)

Kim in Hawaii said...

Thank you, Anna, for a trip down memory lane! My grandmother lived in Torquay, Devon. Each summer, we flew from Florida to England to visit her. She always treated my brother and I to the 99 on the strand! Twenty years later, I took my children to Torquay to relive those precious moments (the 99 no longer cost 99 pence!)

Laurie said...

My mom would go to the Diary Queen and get a bag full of Dilly Bars. Vanilla ice cream covered with different flavors of toppings and shaped like a lollipop. I liked the Buster Bars vanilla ice cream with a layer of chocolate and nuts in the middle and then the whole thing is encased in chocolate.
I already mentioned in a past blog that Babcock Diary - University of Wisconsin has the most delicious ice cream I've ever tasted!

barb said...

Hi Anna

I am showing my age here but I can remember the ice cream vans in the UK before Mr Whippy ... in our town it was de di mascio (I think)something like that. I am now in Australia and we have a lot of the same things ....what I like here are the mango ice blocks.... yummie they are mango pulp with a thin layer of ice cream over them

Barbara

Gillian Layne said...

Baskin-Robins' Daiquiri Ice. My very favorite. It sustained me all through my first pregnancy. Then they closed their store in my town, and I was distraught!

Dairy Queen sums up the Saturday night trips to town with my parents. Great memories.:)

PJ said...

We had a Dairy Queen in my hometown but it was only open during the summer months. We could hardly wait for summer to arrive so we could get Dilly Bars!

I stopped by a DQ recently and bought my first Dilly Bar in years. They're much smaller these days. :(

hrdwrkdmom aka Dianna said...

I lived on a US Route so we didn't get many ice cream trucks and I was the only kid in the area, he wouldn't have done well anyway. Dairy Queen Banana Splits with all chocolate was my fav as a kid. I can't do strawberries and I don't care for the pineapple so it was all chocolate. Yum!

Anna Sugden said...

Aloha Kim! So glad I brought back fond memories. I'll have one for you next time the guy comes round (I know, any excuse!)

And you're talking about my neck of the woods - I'm a Devon girl - born in Exeter! How lovely that you've been to Torquay.

Anna Sugden said...

Sounds yummy, Laurie. How is it, in all my time in the US, I've never been to a DQ? Must put that right this summer.

Buster bars sound yummy. I love Magnum's - the current one is layers of chocolate and caramel and nuts, coated in chocolate and served on a stick. Totally outrageous calorie count, but such a treat.

What is it about the Uni of Wisconsin ice cream? (love Wisconsin after winning Wisconsin Romance Writers contest last week!) Obviously you all have a lot of dairy, but what does the Uni do to make theirs so special?

Anna Sugden said...

Hi Barb! You sound like you're my age - do you remember the pop man coming round too with fizzy lemonade and cola in bottles? Which part of the UK are you from?

Mmmm - I love mango and ice cream. Walls do a mango Solero that is delish. Something about the two works so well.

Anna Sugden said...

I'll never forget my first trip to a Baskin Robbins, Gillian. I'd never seen anything like it! A Neaolitan (strawberry, chocolate and vanilla) was as exotic as it ever got over here.

Daiquiri ice sounds fab - though I assume it didn't have rum in it!

Anna Sugden said...

That's true about all sweets and chocolates, PJ. We have something called a Curly Wurly over here - caramel ladder covered with Cadury's chocolate - I love them, but they've shrunk too!

Anna Sugden said...

Ooh - an all-chocolate banana split - how decadent, Barbara! Pineapple - never heard of that on a banana split Ours were (you guessed it) strawberry, chocolate and vanilla!

Anna Sugden said...

Update on the Malteser ice-cream - to die for!

(Maltesers are light honeycomb balls covered in chocolate).

Just had a thought - Aero Bubble ice cream! The Banditas know I have a thing for Aero Bubbles (they're minty balls of chocolate, covered in chocolate).

PJ said...

The Banditas know I have a thing for Aero Bubbles (they're minty balls of chocolate, covered in chocolate).

OMG, that sounds so good! Between your blog here and my blog at the Dish plus the fact that it's raining which always puts me in a baking mood, I'm going to gain 5 pounds today...and love every minute of it! *vbg*

Deb Marlowe said...

Hi Anna! So happy that you're coming to Orlando! Your treats all sound delish--next time I'm in England, I want to try a 99!

Laurie--Buster Bars were my fave! And the butterscotch dilly bars. DQ was a big tradition for us too!

For the 4th of July, we always got those red, white and blue popsicles. Just the sight of them brings back memories!

Gannon Carr said...

Oh, why am I reading this before I've eaten breakfast?? Suddenly I'm craving ice cream and Cadbury chocolate! LOL

I remember the ice cream truck coming down the street--the kids would just pour out of their doors running to catch it. I loved ice cream sandwiches (still do!) and we would often get the rocket pop (I think that it was it)--it was a popsicle that was red, white and blue and shaped like a rocket. A few years ago when we lived in San Diego, my kids enjoyed the summer fun of the ice cream truck. Alas, in the mountains of NC, we don't have it. But we do have an ice cream "cabin" down the street that is open in the summer--if we walk, we can burn off some of the calories. *g*

Anna, I grew up in central Florida about an hour from Orlando where there was a Farrell's. We loved going there for birthdays or as a treat after a day of shopping. Yum!

I adore Cadbury's chocolate--the real deal, not the American pretender. When we lived in Italy and flew back to the States, we usually had a short layover in London. I would buy Cadbury's for my whole family---Galaxy, Flake, Aero Bubbles, etc. You get the picture. My carry on bag was very full. :-)

PJ, I went to the dairy at Clemson years ago; their ice cream is the absolute best!!

Deb said...

Hi, Anna! I love chocolate, but my all-time fave ice cream is homemade vanilla. Love it!

When I was a girl, before my parents built a house in the country, we lived in town and had the DQ and an ice cream shop only a few blocks away. Tegelers had hard, hand-dipped ice cream and had anything from black raspberry to cherry nut to plain chocolate. I'm not sure why, but Dilly Bars at the DQ were special when I was little. I love the Peanut Buster Parfait; fudge, salted peanuts, and ice cream.

My mom made ice cream a lot. She tried Oreos and Cream one time, but the cookies all crushed up to make it Chocolate and Oreo Bits. :)

Joan said...

A quick "Yummy Post" Anna before heading out to my chapter meeting.

We had a local dairy chain when I was growing up called Ehrler's. The. Best. Chocolate. Chip. Ice. Cream. Ever!

Sigh.....

Nowadays (is that a sign of advancing age? Using the term "nowadays"?) There is one based I think in Cinncinati called Graeter's. French churned ice cream and their vanilla...decadent.

My only problem with them is they won't bring a store to my part of town!

Donna MacMeans said...

I remember Farrells, though it wasn't around in my youth. I remember that they used to bring out the big treats on a big tray carried by four servers in costume. It was a fun place just to sit and watch.

As a kid, I remember the Good Humor truck rolling down the allley with the song that meant summer had begun more surely than the first pitch in baseball. I can't remember all the goodies that came out of that icy treasure trove that opened with welcomed foggy nitrogen-fueled mist.

When my husband and I married and were absolutely broke, we used to settle bets with the loser treating the other to a turtle ice cream sundae at this little ice cream parlour. PJ would've been proud. Now we do the same thing with Graeter's mocha chip ice cream. It's worth a wait in a long line to get it scooped right from the tub.

PJ said...

When my husband and I married and were absolutely broke, we used to settle bets with the loser treating the other to a turtle ice cream sundae at this little ice cream parlour. PJ would've been proud.

Turtle? Did someone say "turtle?" I applaud your ingenuity and excellent taste, Donna! :)

Nancy said...

Anna, I do love ice cream. When I was growing up, the Tastee-Freeze truck came around, usually about dinnertime. My folks would let us get dip-top cones, prop them upright in the freezer, and have them after dinner.

I haven't seen or heard an ice cream truck in years, though.

My favorite flavor, these days, is mint chocolate chip, but I've developed a new fondness for vanilla as well as that old stand-by, chocolate.

Vanilla soft-serve with a butterscotch dip is one of my favorite summer treats. Along with watermelon, which should be coming into season soon.

Janga said...

We still have the ice cream trucks here too, and the kids still come running--a sight that fills me with nostalgia.

We had a local co-op dairy when I was a kid that made great ice cream. The supreme treat of my childhood was a Sunday afternoon trip to the dairy. My brother always got chocolate, but my sister and I would get different flavors and swap tastes. Unhygienic maybe, but delicious. The best ice cream, however, was homemade with fresh peaches or strawberries, made in an old-fashioned hand-turned freezer. That first taste stolen from the paddle was always the best. Good memories.

Nancy said...

Janga, my dad liked to make peach ice cream. I still remember the smell of rock salt on the ice and the labor of turning the crank in the days before electric ice cream freezers.

Your comment about the paddle reminded me how much we loved to take samples from it after he made ice cream.

Cassondra said...

OOOOOOOO....I LOVE ICE CREAM!

I want a Banana Split the old fashioned way. Strawberry, chocolate and pineapple with no whipped cream and no nuts. Slurp.

Interesting that you have different names for some of the ones I'm familiar with. Your ice cream truck "lollies" have great names!

We lived so far out into the country that no ice cream truck came by our house. I hadn't seen one until I moved in with my husband in the city. And I've never gotten to buy an ice cream bar from a truck. Hmmmm. Perhaps I'll have to try to remedy that. Everybody should probably do that at least once!

Pissenlit said...

Dare I ask what kind of flavour "Wavy Gravy" happens to be??

Though I'm lactose intolerant, I have a weakness for ice cream sodas(or floats or whatever they're called). I remember getting my first one when I was really young. I'd never heard of one before and wasn't even asked if I wanted one(which makes me think it was ordered to keep me quiet :P). It was a scoop of strawberry ice cream floating in orange pop...a bit of an odd combination, in my opinion, but it didn't taste bad. Nowadays, I'm all about vanilla ice cream and Coke.

Suzanne Welsh said...

OH PJ...you are a mean tease, that's what you are!! Peach ice cream always makes me think of Tennessee and visiting my grandparents. Peach pie and peach ice cream were Grandma CindyJane's favorites, too!

Suzanne Welsh said...

Cassondra said: I want a Banana Split the old fashioned way. Strawberry, chocolate and pineapple with no whipped cream and no nuts. Slurp....

When I was pregnant with my oldest I craved banana splits. But trying not to go too overboard, I'd go to this little shop called Knight's ice creamery, (made the best home made ice cream), get one scoop of vanilla and order all the toppings for a banana split, strawberry, pineapple and chocolate syrup and half a banana. They knew the minute I walked in I wanted a "one scoop split"!

Jane said...

Hi Anna,
I always got an ice cream cake from Carvel's for my birthday. Their ice cream sandwiches were the best, too. The only real memories of ice cream I have are the ones that involve us running to the corner of the street as soon as heard the ice cream truck coming down the road. I always got the vanilla cone and my brother always got a chocolate cone. I've never had a banana split or Vienetta before.

Anna Sugden said...

LOL PJ - the blog is calorie-free. Can't talk about the stuff you eat because of it!

I'll pack some extra Aero Bubbles too.

Anna Sugden said...

Sounds like you'd better catch me early, Deb M! I'll save you a Flake.

I remember red, white and blue popsicles for July 4th! I never liked the white one for some reason.

Anna Sugden said...

Gannon - like the song from Grease - you're 'Hopelessly Devoted'! LOL Besides, what's wrong with ice cream for breakfast?

Your rocket pop sounds like our Zoom - which was red, yellow and green. I always liked anything that was several treats in one.

You'll have to come and visit with PJ - then you can both experience a true 99! The Dishers Do Cambridge!

Anna Sugden said...

Home-made ice cream is awesome, Deb. I'm looking forward to a bowl of Malteser ice cream in a short while. Even nicer if the fruit comes from your own back garden!

We used to have a fab local ice cream maker where I used to live in Beverley, calle Burgess. It was always a treat to walk down there on a sunny day and get a cone (more than one scoop, of course!)

Gannon Carr said...

You'll have to come and visit with PJ - then you can both experience a true 99! The Dishers Do Cambridge!

Anna, that sounds like a great plan!

Anna Sugden said...

Hope you have a fun chapter meeting, Joanie. I miss going to the NJ meetings - it was a great place to catch up with pals.

If you come over and visit, my lovely hubby will make you Crunchie ice cream *g*.

limecello said...

Oops - haha I got distracted and forgot my real comment :X I love ice cream. Am passionate about it. I tried to get everyone to go to Jeni's ice cream that went to RT. I also love Dolce Zza in DC, which serves Argentinian gelato. (I don't know if anyone took my advice and went when RWA was there though...)
As for favorite ice cream memory? Ice cream cakes for birthdays I guess would be the most common for me. Otherwise, Dolce Zza was amazing, and I absolutely love sharing Jeni's Ice Cream with friends. I love taking them to North Market, showing them the place, and letting them experience the best ice cream I've had in my life :D
I love summer.

Virginia said...

Hi Anna, great post! I think we all love ice cream! There is just nothing like setting down to a soft serve ice cream cone! I try not to eat much of it because I know I don't need it but sometimes you just got to have it!

Anna Sugden said...

What a lovely description of the ice-cream truck, Donna. I can tell you're heavily into writing mode with your next book (can't wait!)

OMG Turtle ice cream (that thunk you heard was Joanie keeling over!) I can only imagine, turtle ice cream with PJ's delish turtles.

Anna Sugden said...

Forgot to say - what a lovely way of settling bets. Perfect for a romance writer!

Anna Sugden said...

*sniff* now I really, really wish you'd made the trip over, just so we could have treated you to your first 99.

Another mint choc chip sister - fab!

Anna Sugden said...

What a lovely memory, Janga - sharing an ice-cream is exactly what sisters should do!

I agree with you on stealing the first lick from the paddle *g*. I did just that this afternoon!

Anna Sugden said...

Cassondra - you know what I'm going to say ... Aero Bubbles, ice cream trucks, hubby's ice cream ... you have to visit!

It's funny that today has been so quiet - not an ice-cream van to be heard. And, it's one of the hottest and sunniest days we're likely to have all summer. I bet they'll be out in droves tomorrow!

Anna Sugden said...

How restrained you were, Suz, with your one scoop split!

Anna Sugden said...

Pissenlit, from memory Wavy Gravy had caramel and cashew nuts and Brazils and almonds and chocolate. It was scrumptious!

Oh yes - ice cream floats. What fun. When we used to live in NJ, it was a treat to go into the Brooklyn Diner in Manhattan and have an ice-cream float!

Anna Sugden said...

Oh Jane - you have to come over and experience a Vienetta! It's like an ice cream cake without the sponge and it has these crispy thin layers of chocolate.

Banana splits really are the biz - there's something about ice cream and bananas that works so well. Lovely Hubby does a great strawberry and banana ice cream too.

Anna Sugden said...

Lime - I hope you were distracted by ice cream!

Ice cream cakes were another birthday treat in our house. Loved them. I also had a great Baked Alaska one year with cake on the side *g*.

My awesome web designer and I were talking about gelatos during my recent updates. She went to Florence and we're off there at the end of June. I have her recommendation on the best gelato place in Florence! I'll let you know how good it is.

Anna Sugden said...

Virginia, there have to be some simple pleasures in life that you give in to and just let yourself go. Ice cream is one of those pleasures *g*.

PJ said...

She went to Florence and we're off there at the end of June..

Lucky you, Anna! I adore Florence! It's my favorite city in the entire world. Lots of great gelato (and other) memories of past visits there.

Gannon Carr said...

Florence! You are the lucky one. I had some truly decadent gelato there. Enjoy some for me!

Anna Sugden said...

Cool - glad to hear it, PJ and Gannon. Now, if you've both done Florence, you definitely have to do Cambridge!

Nancy said...

Pissenlit, my grandfather introduced me to ice cream sodas or floats. He made them with vanilla ice cream and Canada Dry Ginger Ale (no other brand would do). I tend to make them with chocolate ice cream these days and sometimes with Coke instead of ginger ale.

I used to have a metabolism that would let me have one regularly and not gain any weight. Once upon a time. *sigh*

jo robertson said...

Hmmmm, homemade ice cream on a hot summer night. Scrumptious!

I've already shared my wonderful ice cream recipe and I certainly don't want to corrupt anyone else LOL, but it's light and delicious and I can't keep my hands off it when we make it!

Christine Wells said...

Oh, VA, what a great post. I love that image of an English summer. Boy, the Mr. Whippy van brings back memories! Here, the tinny song they play is almost always Greensleeves-- except in the suburb where I live I believe people complained, so they ring a cow bell instead (which I find far more annoying, actually!)

Our Mr. Whippy sold sherbert in little bottles as well as ice cream. Then there was the gigantic sundae you could share among 4 kids at Le Scoops, which was a special birthday treat. I'm a fan of an Australian gourmet brand now--Burnt fig jam, honeycomb and caramel. Yum! Ooh, this is making me hungry!

Congrats on the rooster, lime!

Louisa Cornell said...

Is there a GR flavored ice cream at Baskin Robbins? Just wondering, don't get your feathers in a twist. Sheesh, Lime! Your boyfriend is SO sensitive!

You HAD to do it, Anna. You HAD to show me a 99 AND a Cadbury flake! Then you added insult to injury by adding a Vienetta! Sheesh!

Some of my very favorite memories of England are lazy summer days and the music cry of the ice cream truck as it turned off the A-1 and onto The Street, the main thoroughfare of Kelsale. If we were playing cricket or conkers in the park we couldn't hear our mothers call from the edge of the wood, but we could hear that ice cream truck as soon as it left the A-1. Children would come from all directions to the spot in front of the post office where we KNEW the purveyor of paradise would stop.

Sigh. I would give anything to be that girl again for just one day and race my brothers and our friends to raid our piggy banks and make it back to the post office before anyone else.

My idea of ice cream paradise? A cornetto in one hand and a fist full of Cadbury flakes in another!

Pat Cochran said...

We used to visit Farrell's when
our children were quite small,
that changed when they aged up
and discovered Chucky Cheese's!
We still have a couple of Dairy
Queens in the area, but the
"children" & the grandchildren
prefer the ice cream truck which
still drives through our area!
For me, it's still the DQ soft
serve dipped cones!!

Pat Cochran

Pissenlit said...

Nancy - Canada Dry Ginger Ale (no other brand would do)

I concur! :D

Pissenlit said...

Yargh! All this talk of Cadbury Flakes! I think I'm going to start drooling soon!

Nancy said...

Pissenlit, Canada Dry has actual curative powers. At least at our house.

Suzanne Welsh said...

Nancy: Pissenlit, Canada Dry has actual curative powers. At least at our house...

Canada Dry has real ginger in it. Ginger has been shown to help with gastrointestinal health. We give it warmed with lipton tea in it to patient's post op. They used that often in the Vietnam war with guys after having shrapnel removed from their guts. In case you want to know.

limecello said...

lol lol lol Louisa >.< sad state of my life if the GR is my boyfriend. Fitting?
Heh. Zomg. Chicken flavored ice cream sounds... vile >.< Remember when strange flavors internationally were the trend for a while? Sardine ice cream, corn ice cream... *shakes head*

Kirsten said...

Oh Anna, I almost missed this lovely post! My fav treat is the peanut buster parfait (waving to Deb, who shares my love!) from Dairy Queen. Unfortunately, I haven't had one for many years, since my headaches demanded I give up chocolate and peanuts. Now, I stick with caramel and sprinkles. But it's not the same.

(but hey, it's ice cream. It's all good. ;-) )

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Anna Sugden said...

Ah Nancy - I'm in that same boat. The hormones play havoc with extra calories!

Anna Sugden said...

I must have missed that recipe, Jo. Feel free to corrupt me *g*.

It's another glorious morning here, so another perfect ice cream day.

Anna Sugden said...

I can imagine Greensleeves is very annoying - it used to be the tune they used over here until some of them switched to the Cornetto music. Funny thing is I don't remember the last time I saw a Cornetto ad, so this is obviously tapping into parents' memories rather than kids!

Ooh yum - will have to try out that gourmet brand next year in Oz.

Anna Sugden said...

Uggh - hit post before reading. That was meant to be for Christine!

Anna Sugden said...

Sorry Louisa *g*. But, I'm glad I brought back fond memories. Perhaps you can come over for a 'research' visit and we'll take a walk down memory lane.

Anna Sugden said...

I'm glad to hear you still have ice cream trucks, Pat! Perhaps they'll make a come-back. I've never been to a Chuck-E-Cheese, but I bet Farrells had better ice cream!

Anna Sugden said...

Absolutely on the Canada Dry - wonder drink (it's the ginger, you know!)

Anna Sugden said...

Ah I see one of our resident nurses beat me to it! Thanks for the info, Suz.

When I was a kid and we lived abroad in the Middle East and Indonesia, I was convinced about the curative properties of Fanta Orange *g*.

Anna Sugden said...

I never got the strange flavours trend, Lime. I got it for potato chips and we had some cool promo flavours over here for a while - including the notorious hedgehog flavour. But, ice cream? No.

Anna Sugden said...

I really must get to a DQ. erhaps there is one in Orlando and we can have a Bandita and BB outing!

Uggh on the migraines, Kirsten, my fellow sufferer. Thankfully, mine were hormone-related rather than food-triggered!

Laurie said...

Anna,

The U-Wisconsin Dairy ice cream is made FRESH daily, super CREAMY, RICH, TASTY flavors. My favorites during my college years was white chocolate chip with bits of toffee. They use really good semi sweet chocolate. This was way before Breyer's Health Bar Ice Cream came out. I also loved mint fudge marble.

They're always experimenting with different combinations of ingredients.

DELICIOUS!

http://www.babcockhalldairystore.wisc.edu/

I'm not sure why there is a yellow cast to some of the pictures. Check out the standard flavors.

barb said...

Hi Anna

Yes I remember the pop man coming ... it was corona pop and had the spring loaded caps..... we could only have it on special occassions.... I was bought up in Coventry and then lived near Southport for a few years after I was married and then we emigrated to Australia in 1979. We were over in the UK a couple of years ago and visited your way as my brother in law live in Newquay Cornwall

Barbara