I Scream You Scream for Ice Cream
Books by Robert Elias Ballard
Ice Cream a Favorite in the Summer
I have a phenomenal memory and buried in the archives is one of my first ice cream. To put an actual date and time on when these lips and gums were first introduced to this wonderful treat would be impossible even under hypnosis. The fact remains it was love at first bite and ice cream in almost any form packaged still remains one of my favorite snacks and desserts.
When we were kids in the mill village our Company Store, owned by the Green River Mill stocked those chocolate coated ice cream bars on a stick. Dad would allow us to have one every now and again and we always enjoyed eating those treats. I had my own method of eating this Popsicle as they are still called. I would slowly nibble the chocolate coating down to the vanilla ice cream. Most of the time the warmth of my mouth soon caused the ice cream to melt but made no difference, it seem to make the eating and enjoyment last longer and soon becoming only a pleasant memory.
Then came the Winky, a chocolate covered Popsicle that had cherry ice cream inside, talk about a concoction so wonderfully scrumptious delightfully tasty! In the words of a redneck country boy, "it would make your tongue want to slap your brains out."This one was the real deal. Fudgical's were our next choice, chocolate ice cream with no outside coating but made a lasting impression on the lips of a child and on those white cotton tee's mama always made me wear.
As teenagers we would make Sunday trips to a local ice cream bar in our city. The Kalmia Dairy Bar was a favorite restaurant and the best place in town to get a banana split. In my courting days and before going into the military, I would take my dates there. Last of the big time spenders? Maybe not but one thing was for certain Kalmia Dairy had the best banana split I ever ate. Banana splits are meant to be shared and in the presence of two young loves, only one banana split and two spoons are required. It was a sad day for our town when Kalmia Dairy went out of business and the co-op of dairy farmers was dissolved.
Making ice cream for many is a regular occasion here in the Blue Ridge, especially at VBS picnics or family a family get together. These are wonderful times and it is not unusual to have 5 or 6 different churns making a variety of ice creams from fresh strawberries,peaches, chocolate or you name it, they all are good and must all be sampled. My nephew who raises goats once offered to use some of his goats milk to make a churn at a family gathering. I told him,"There isn't anyway you can disguise that goat milk in ice cream!" He affirmed I couldn't tell the difference from cows milk or goats milk in ice cream but when it was all over and done, I had no trouble distinguishing which churn of freshly made ice cream had been made using goats milk.
Today we have TCBY a great place to visit with my grandsons on Wednesday afternoons when a waffle cone is only 99 cents. I stopped by last week with Maddox our three year old and held him up to the glass counter to choose his flavor. He picked something call Psychedelic something or other and I got my usual strawberry. I paid the cashier and we sat down to enjoy our frozen yogurt. Before either of us had taken our first bite, Maddox commented,"Want to trade paw-paw?" "Sure", I said and we both enjoyed our 99 cent cone. Frozen yogurt seems to be the rage these days. For many of us who are sugar conscious, TCBY has the NSA varieties and we can still enjoy a cool treat without the worries of running glucose levels too high.
When I was in the military stationed on Long Island I learned of the Good Humor ice cream. Small vendors canvassed the city. Most of the small trucks had a distinguishable appearance and loud speakers over which music was played. It was sorta like the Pied Piper only this time catering to the whims and fancies of children who loved ice cream. Stopping on city blocks it didn't take long for lines to form with all wanting the same thing, a great tasting cold ice cream.
We always keep plenty of those little frozen ice pops in the freezer for the grandsons. Today there are so many flavors and relatively inexpensive. Do you like ice cream? What is your favorite? Incidentally as I was writing this bit of dribble I did in fact remember my first ice cream. It was a Nutty Buddy my dad bought for me and my sister at the Company Store. For a couple of youngsters, a handful with chocolate topping loaded with peanuts.