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Friday, July 30, 2010

Baskin Robbins - Baseball Nut Ice Cream

National Ice Cream Day 13

Baskin Robbins Ice Cream is probably the most recognized ice cream parlors in Southern California. What made Baskin Robbins famous was their 31 flavors selection. At anytime you can go into any Baskin Robbins and choose one of their 31 flavors.

Baskin Robbins has seasonal flavors and one my favorites is their Baseball Nut ice cream. It is vanilla ice cream with swirls of sweet raspberry puree and they added  cashew pieces. Its flavor profile is perfect for the summer definitely on the lighter side of the flavor spectrum and is perfect for those warm summer nights where a light tasting ice cream hit the spot. The raspberry swirl has a little acidity and sweetness to break up the vanilla ice cream and then bits of crunchy cashews add a hint of nuttiness.

If you have a favorite Baskin Robbins flavor please let me know in the comments below.

Enjoy your summer the weather is just perfect outside from some ice cream!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Good Humor - Strawberry Shortcake Bar

National Ice Cream Month - Day 11

The Good Humor - Strawberry Shortcake Bar brings back childhood memories of the ice cream truck playing it loud carnival music and long care free summer days.

This ice cream bar has always intrigued on how did construct this ice cream bar? The strawberry ice cream center surrounded by vanilla ice cream and then encrusted by pieces of cake. It is a very tasty bar you really can't taste the vanilla but strawberry flavor is very pronounced and the pieces of cake provides a good texture.

A great ice cream bar to remind you of summer and simpler times.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Coca Cola and Vanilla Ice Cream Float

National Ice Cream Month  - Day 10

How can you go wrong when you combine 2 great products? Coca Cola Classic is an iconic symbol of Americana and Vanilla Ice Cream made by Haagen Daz combined to create a fizzy creamy fantastic ice cream float.

The classic ice cream float is so underrated it is always over shadowed by the milk shakes and the malts...but a classic float either made of root beer or Coke is just a treat for the senses. When you pour the Coke Cola over the scoop of rich and delicious ice cream you an instant fizz that you can scoop up with a spoon  and enjoy. Once the fizz is gone you are left with a sweet creamy drink that is filling and satisfying.

It is so simple to make I hope everyone out there will go out and make an ice cream float today!

IT'S IT Mint Ice Cream Sandwich

National Ice Cream Month - Day 9

It's the other San Francisco treat. IT'S IT is a scoop of delicious ice cream sandwiched between to big oatmeal cookies and dipped in chocolate. It is one of the best mass produced ice cream sandwiches I have had. And it is made in San Francisco California.

The ice cream is nice and soft and very minty. As you can tell from the picture it is very green. It does look a bit unnatural but you will soon get over that as  you bite into the smooth minty ice cream combined with a soft chewy oatmeal cookie dipped in chocolate leaves you mouth so rich and tingly.

If you don't know where to get an IT'S IT ice cream sandwich you are in luck. If you order from their website they will be more than happy to ship you a case.  Let me know your thoughts on these delicious ice cream sandwiches.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Carl's Jr. Hand Scooped Oreo Cookie Shake

National Ice Cream Month - Day 8

Hand Scooped Oreo Cookie Shake. I was a bit skeptical when I was at Carl's Jr to read "Hand Scooped" but after I placed my order for my shake I saw an employee actually hand scooped 2 vanilla ice cream helpings into my cup, he then added some milk and a few heaping servings of crushed Oreo cookies and off it went under the blender.

The ice cream shake was very good. It has the right amount of Oreo cookies and vanilla ice cream. It was very thick, just the way I like my shakes. I would definitely recommend this if you got a craving for a nice rich, thick and creamy shake. Not bad for a fast food joint.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Daisen Choco Monaka

National Ice Cream Month - Day 7

Today  I saw this interesting Ice Cream Sandwich  it was called Daisen Choco Monaka. It has a top and bottom layer of made of  a soft waffle shell and in the middle it was filled vanilla ice cream and a top and bottom layer of milk chocolate.

It was a very interesting combination. I would have liked it more if the ice cream was of better quality. The vanilla ice cream was very icy and so I thought I let it warm up a bit. After a couple of minutes I took another bite and the icyness went away but it didn't improve the quality of the ice cream. The waffle was okay it wasn't very crispy a little soggy and the milk chocolate was crunchy and it was just okay as well.

Definitely an interesting concept for an ice cream sandwich but taste and quality wise it doesn't hold up very well.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Haagen-Dazs Coffee Almond Crunch

National Ice Cream Month - Day 6

Today I needed some coffee to make it through. I decided on the Haagen-Dazs  Coffee Almond Crunch. The ice cream bar had a good coffee flavor definitely on the safer side of things. When I make my coffee ice cream I like it to have a little more buzz a little more darker bolder flavor. I can see why Haagen-Dazs didn't want to make the coffee stronger because the ice cream bar was covered in milk chocolate with bits of roasted almonds and toffee. A bolder coffee flavor could easily overwhelm the rest of the components. 

The ice cream was smooth and the chocolate coating was thick and when pared with bits of almonds and toffee it provided a good crunch. You certainly can't go wrong with a Haagen-Daz bar on a nice summer day.

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. Stay cool and don't forget to eat your ice cream!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Thrifty Mint Chip Ice Cream

National Ice Cream Month - Day 5

For todays post I made a trip down to the local Rite Aid where they still have a Thrifty Ice Cream Scoop Counter. Thrifty brings back my earliest memory of eating ice cream back when I was just a kid and didn't know the difference between Sorbet, Gelato, and Super Premium Ice Cream. The only thing I cared about was that  I was going to get some sweet and delicious ice cream. What more can a kid want?

For those of  you who don't know about Thrifty Ice Cream it use to be part of Thrifty Drug Stores that was later acquired by Pay Less Drugs and now they are a part of Rite Aid. I remember single scoops of ice cream being only a quarter and that was probably why their ice cream so popular and accessible. One of the unique things about eating hand scooped Thrifty ice cream is the way it is served.

The Rite Aid clerks use a special cylinder ice cream gun that they just dip down into the ice cream counter and and then they squeeze the scoop onto your cone or cup. Not your traditional ice cream scoop. I think it makes licking the ice cream easier.

No matter what flavor combination I have made or tried Mint Chip will always be my favorite. I just can't get enough of that cool minty ice cream with pieces of dark chocolate melting your mouth.

Do you have a Thrifty's ice cream memory that you would like to share?

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Chocolate Ice Cream

National Ice Cream Month - Day 4

Happy 4th of July. It was a great day of enjoying time with family and friends.

I made a simple Chocolate Ice Cream to celebrate the day.

1 cup of milk
2 cups of heavy cream
6 tsp of cocoa powder
6 oz of semi sweet chocolate
4 egg yolk
pinch of salt

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Apple Crumble A La Mode

National Ice Cream Month - Day 3

We are spending the 4th of July on the Central Coast this year. I was lucky enough to be able to spend my collage years here. Nothing beats the SLO life. I went to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and one of the best places to eat is the Apple Farm Inn. It just a nice comfortable country style restaurant that serves home style food with a great family friendly attitude.

I took my wife to lunch here to day  and after our lunch and in the spirit of National Ice Cream month we ordered an Apple Crumble A La Mode. The Ice Cream on the Apple Crumble was a very nice Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. You just can't really go wrong going a la mode because everything taste better with ice cream.

Comeback tomorrow and see what I post for the 4th of July!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Ciao Bella - Chocolate Alba Hazelnut Gelato

National Ice Cream Month - Day 2

I hope everyone is enjoying National Ice Cream Month. I'm doing my first ice cream review on this site. Up until this point all the ice cream I have featured has been ones that I have made. It feels odd writing about another ice cream but I'll give it my best shoot. 

Ciao Bella technically isn't ice cream it is Gelato.  This gelato has a great chocolate flavor and a nice subtle hazelnut finish. The chocolate flavor isn't your ordinary milk chocolate it has a deeper flavor almost leaning towards dark chocolate. The hazelnut flavor was spot on they even added bits of roasted pieces of hazelnut so that you get that extra bit of nuttiness in every bite. 

The gelato texture was very smooth, I let the container rest for a few minutes during that time  I snapped some photos. Gelato is typically served a little warmer than ice cream since it doesn't have as much butterfat as regular ice cream. Since your serving it a little warmer you tongue will get to experience the flavor more and your taste buds won't freeze up and go numb.

This was my first time trying Ciao Bella gelato and I was very pleased. I'd definitely get this again when I need a Nutella fix.

Let me know if you have any suggestion for other ice cream to try. I'm always on the look out for great ice cream!

I'll see you tomorrow. Who know what I have in store but I'm pretty sure it will be delicious.

Thank you.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Mocha Almond Fudge

Happy National Ice Cream Month!!

July is here and summer is getting into full swing. It is my personal goal to post each day this month. The topics may vary but I have an idea that it will be mostly about the ice cream I am eating that day.  Yep you read it right I'm going to try and eat 31 days of ice cream this month.

I'm starting it off today by celebrating National Ice Cream month with my co-workers. I made a Mocha Almond Fudge ice cream that we all got to enjoy and a great break from the daily grind.

A little twist with Mocha Almond Fudge. I made it with Starbucks Via Instant Coffee - Bold Italian Roast. It turned out really well a great alternative if you don't have time to steep the coffee beans with you ice cream base.

2 cups of heavy cream
1 cup of milk
4 egg yolks
2/3 cups of Sugar
2 individual packets of Starbucks Via Italian Roast
8 tsp of dutch processed cocoa powder
1/2 cup of toasted sliced almonds

The pictures will probably be not as good as my normal post, I'll be shooting most of the pictures with my iPhone 4. But I think you will get the hint and hopefully it will make me a better food photographer.

I hope everyone takes part in National Ice Cream Month go out and enjoy some great quality ice cream. Support a local  ice cream parlor or even attempt to make some homemade ice cream.

Let me know if you have any ice cream questions or suggestion.

Thank so much for visiting and I'll see you again tomorrow!
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