Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Happy National Ice Cream Month to you & yours.

I was thinking since this blog is called 'Ice Cream Diaries' and not just 'Jim's Diaries', that I should actually talk about ice cream once in a while. So here we go. What you see before you is the latest creation in my little ice cream kitchen. Commonly called 'S'Mores', it's a chocolate base with marshmallow swirl, little marshmallows, graham cracker crunchy things, and chocolate chips all swirled together like a big happy family. How's that sound?

If you're not a big chocolate ice cream person, here's what else is cookin' on the specials board this week... Rum Raisin, Black Licorice, Banana, Mocha Chip, Heath Bar Crunch, Cake Batter Chip, Blueberry Pie, Peach, Strawberry Cheesecake, and Watermelon Sherbet.

On deck... Blackberry Merlot Sorbet, Peach Mango Sorbet, Swiss Chocolate Almond, Ginger, burnt sugar

And another interesting development... Made my first batch of Soy gelato this week. It's a French Vanilla, and I've been told by a few non-dairy types that 'it's really good'. It seems to be selling pretty well, so perhaps Soy Gelato could be that nice non-dairy alternative to sorbet. Stay tuned.

Moving along to the consumption portion of the show, here's a shot of the Day Care Express, fully loaded with kiddos enjoying some cool refreshment.

And in the spirit of National Ice Cream month, I feel oblidged to pass along some ice cream trivia...

  • Based on ice cream consumption figures, the top five individual flavors in terms of share of segment in the United States are: vanilla (30%), chocolate (10%), butter pecan (4%), strawberry (3.7%) and chocolate chip mint (3.2%). Source: The NPD Group's National Eating Trends Services
  • Ice cream and related frozen desserts are consumed by more than 90% of households in the United States. Source: Mintel
  • More ice cream is sold on Sunday than any other day of the week.
  • Top 10 Ice Cream Consuming Countries in the World
    1) United States 2) New Zealand 3) Denmark 4) Austrailia 5) Belgium/Luxembourg 6) Sweden 7) Canada 8) Norway 9) Ireland 10) Switzerland
Ok, that's enough.

Too hot for ice cream (like that's even possible)? Can I tempt with the latest confectionary temptation here...
Ok, so maybe a marshmallow ant farm isn't exactly what you woke up hankerin' for this morning. How about this one? Chocolate-covered pretzels with Jimmies.

Stay cool, and if you can't stay cool, stay sugared up at least.

1 comment:

Mary E.Carey said...

That marshmallow ant farm looks intriguing!