There was a time when I thought all of these silly national day of this and national whatever month were wastes of time. Then I found out that there’s a National Ice Cream Month (July) and a National Ice Cream Day (today!). So I’ve changed my tune, because basically the day (the whole month?) requires me to eat ice cream. That’s worth celebrating.
Last summer I visited the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Factory in Le Mars, Iowa, and it was truly amazing (I missed a blogger trip to Jamaica in order to go to Iowa, so you can see where my priorities are). We met the owners, made our own ice cream flavors, and ate a lot of ice cream, including a gourmet lunch where ice cream was worked into every course.
We even got to tour the factory floor, which is not usually public – we had to put on the regular gear that the factory workers wear. We got to sample ice cream novelties right off of the conveyor belt.
Since then I’ve been searching Brooklyn for Blue Bunny. I don’t have too much of a problem finding the half gallon tubs of ice cream, but I can’t find the novelties anywhere. A tragedy, I’m telling you!
One of the things we did at the factory was learn what the official tasters do. We compared a Blue Bunny Champs Vanilla Ice Cream Cone with the leading competitor. You know the one, it’s probably the one you buy from the ice cream truck. And you might not have realized this, but that other one? It’s not real ice cream. It’s a “Frozen Dairy Dessert.” That’s right. That “ice cream” you’ve been eating in the playground is no such thing.
Blue Bunny novelties on the other hand? Real ice cream. I can’t even tell you what a huge difference that makes. I can’t even eat those other ones any more, Blue Bunny has so completely spoiled me. But I can’t get those here! What to do? How do I celebrate National Ice Cream Day without my favorites?!?
Blue Bunny came to the rescue and sent me an embarrassing amount of ice cream novelties, packed in dry ice. And the timing couldn’t be better, because we’re having our next door neighbors over for a BBQ tonight! I hope they like ice cream!
So, happy National Ice Cream Day – I know how I’ll be celebrating!
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