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Thursday, August 11, 2005

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream

What is it about hot summer days that says you must eat ice cream, even when you know you'll regret it later. I've been trying out a bunch of new ice cream products this summer, trying to find one that not only tastes delicious, but is a bit lower in fat and calories. I am trying to buy smaller quantity products like Klondike Bars, that only give you a restricted amount of the glorious food. So far, I'm doing OK. I discovered the White House Klondike Bars that feature cherry ice cream with the chocolate coating. And excellent product that I give 4 stars.

I've also tried Edys new super blended low fat ice cream. Although the flavor I got wasn't my favorite, the ice cream is ok. Not great, but does satisfy the craving. Their full fat option is better, however. I'd give it a 2.5 stars.

I can recommend the Tropicana Creamsicles. They are a combination of an orange popsicle and a small amount of vanilla ice cream. Works well if you're outside as it's a bit drippy inside. I'd rate it 2.75 stars.

Then there is my all time favorite ice cream. Full fat, ridiculously high in sugar but damn, it's so good. Ben and Jerry's Phish Food. Chocolate ice cream laced with marshmallow and caramel swirls, and full of dark chocolate fish. It is the best ice cream in the world, but I can't eat it anymore. I'll still give it a 5 star rating based on memories.

Cabots, our local ice cream parlor, has what the G's call "The Hulk" sundae that I particularly like. Once a year or so I'll order it as a special occasion item. It consist of peppermint stick ice cream, hot fudge, hot marshmallow topping, and a bright green mint sauce. Man, it's so good. I think it would put me on a sugar rush for the rest of the year, so only once a summer. Cabots has many other ice cream extravaganzas and they do make their own ice cream, which is full flavored, but not particularly rich. The hulk earns a 4.75, their plain ice cream a 3.5.

The newest ice cream to arrive in our town in Cold Stone Creamery. I haven't been yet, as I'm waiting for both kids to be home at the same time, but we'll try it out. I've heard all the superlatives, however.

We also have J.P Licks in town, but I find them expensive, not a particularly clean shop, and the flavors aren't always what I want to order. Rating: 3.5.

Outside of our town, but in the greater Boston area is Toscaninis. It is the ultimate in rich, dense ice cream. High priced, inconvenient to get to, and always a line, but it is so worth it. The owner's brother has another ice cream store called Rancatores, which we used to live a few blocks away from. Both are great ice cream and it's apparent that their mom taught them a thing or two about sweet confections. Both stores earn a 5 star rating.
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