I was feeling too sleepy to get out of bed this morning, but then Jolly began jumping … yes jumping on my bed! Just as I was about to throw something at him, he reminded me that today is a special Jolly Monday and that I must get up. And so, I dragged my tired old body out of bed … though I think I may have left my brain asleep … and here we are. What, you ask, makes this a special Jolly Monday? Well … today we will be celebrating National Ice Cream Day!!! The day was actually yesterday, but since the entire month of July is National Ice Cream Month, and we don’t do a Jolly Sunday post, we will celebrate belatedly, but with just as much fun! So, there isn’t any bacon per se, guys, but there is bacon ice cream!!! Grab a bowl or a cone, whichever you prefer, and come see what cool treats we have in store for you to start this week!
Do you prefer yours in a dish …
Or a cone?
And here’s enough bacon ice cream for Larry, David, rawgod, Larry, and Emily … play nice!
Would you like a burger with that?
With lockdowns and stay-at-home orders throughout the spring, some have put their creative genius to work, it would seem. The R&D guys at Heinz Foods have been hard at work developing new … flavours … of ice cream. Yes, you heard me right! The people who make ketchup have developed their sauces into ice cream flavours. According to an article in the UK publication, The Mirror …
As July is National Ice Cream Month and taking trips to your local ice cream parlour may look a little different, Heinz has launched a selection of DIY ice cream kits. Using a range of Heinz Sauces, you can now make your very own ‘Heinz Creamz’ at home and enjoy a soft serve in the comfort of your own home.
The DIY Heinz Creamz kits are £15 each and available now. The kits include the accessories you need to make the no-churn saucy deliciousness, including the sauce of your choice, your chosen recipe, a limited edition keystone-engraved golden scoop and golden spoon plus branded Heinz Creamz reusable tub to serve with extra pizzazz.
Um … somehow … I’m not all that enthused, though I would try a bite of one, perhaps the BBQ Creamz?
Ice Cream graveyard …
Ben & Jerry’s has been the creator of some of the most unique (not to mention yummy) ice cream flavours through the years. Every now and then, though, they miscalculate and produce one that isn’t all that beloved, so it is retired. A few of these actually don’t sound bad to me …
- Peanut Butter and Jelly – Proving that peanut butter and jelly is better suited for a sandwich, Ben & Jerry’s retired this flavour after selling it for just a year – from 1989 to 1990. Heck, it sounded good to me!
- Wavy Gravy – A flavour made from caramel and cashew brazil nut ice cream, chocolate hazelnut fudge swirl and roasted almonds, Wavy Gravy was sold from 1993 to 2001. Years later, the flavour is still remembered on social media – as one person attempted to start a campaign to bring back the ice cream in 2011.
- Late Night Snack – An ice cream flavour dedicated to Jimmy Fallon, Late Night Snack was a combination of vanilla ice cream, salted caramel swirls and fudge-covered potato chips and was available from 2010 to 2014.
- Schweddy Balls – This uniquely-named ice cream was sold in 2011 as a holiday season limited edition flavour. The ice cream, which was made from vanilla ice cream with a hint of rum and completed with fudge-covered rum and malt balls, was inspired by SNL’s recurring character Pete Schweddy.
- Vermonty Python – Vermonty Python was a coffee-liqueur flavoured ice cream made with chocolate cookie crumb swirl and fudge cows.
Actually, none of those sound half bad! Perhaps they sound better than they tasted.
Political Ice Cream???
Ben & Jerry’s is making a statement about the need for criminal justice reform with the launch of its newest flavour, “Justice ReMix’d”.
The company announced in September that it had created the cinnamon and chocolate ice cream, flavoured with gobs of cinnamon bun dough and spicy fudge brownies, to “spotlight structural racism in a broken criminal legal system”. According to the company, the limited-edition flavour is the latest in its commitment to “creating social change” since its inception more than 40 years ago.
“Our approach to creating social change is to raise up the work non-profits are doing on the ground. We bring every resource we have to support them—our business voice, our connection with fans, our Scoop Shop community and of course, ice cream. Somehow, it’s easier to talk about difficult issues over a scoop or two.”
While I’m not sure how much of a difference the ice cream will make, I admire and support any company who is trying to raise awareness for social justice issues.
I’ve got a few fun facts for National Ice Cream Day, too, courtesy of the National Day Calendar folks …
- Thousands of years ago, people in the Persian Empire put snow in a bowl, poured concentrated grape-juice over it, and ate it as a treat. Even when the weather was hot, they would savor this sweet treat. Their trick? They placed snow in underground chambers known as yakchal where the temperatures kept the snow from melting. The Persians also hiked to the mountain tops by their summer capital to gather snowfall.
- The Chinese, under the Tang Dynasty around 697 AD, took to freezing dairy with salt and ice. However, the results aren’t exactly the ice cream we enjoy today. Frozen treats and beverages later, culinary folks point to Naples, Italy as the birthplace of the first ice cream. They give credit to Antonio Latini. He was born in 1642 and created a milk-based sorbet.
- In the United States, the Quaker colonists earn the nod for bringing their ice recipes over with them. They opened the first ice cream shops, including shops in New York and other cities during the colonial era.
Annnnnd … believe it or not, Jolly ‘n Joyful even found some ice cream cartoons!!!
And we even found a Maxine ‘toon for Hugh …
And while they were finding the toons, I found not one, but TWO videos of cute animals eating ice cream!
We hope you’ve enjoyed National Ice Cream Day here at Filosofa’s Word. Remember to share your smiles … and your ice cream too!!! Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly, and Joyful!