With temperatures in the 90s, I’ve sought solace in my favorite refuge: ice cream. And the grocery store has been supportive of my efforts by putting ice cream on sale just about every week.
As a child, my favorite ice cream was Rocky Road. It was delivered to the house in a big tin that was at least a gallon. I don’t recall eating any other flavor but it’s possible I just don’t recall.
Of course, like so many other things, ice cream has come a long way in 40 years. All sorts of new flavors.
My current favorite is Coconut Road, a specialty flavor of my grocery’s (Publix) own brand. This ice cream reminds me of the Mounds candy bar, which along with Almond Joy is my favorite candy bar. (If it has chocolate and coconut, I’m in…!) Ingredients: coconut ice cream, chocolate coated praline, coconut, swirls of chocolate almond fudge and dulce de leche caramel.
When I want a little variety in my ice cream life, there’s three other favorites I’ll select. And they’re all Publix brand flavors too.
One is “Bear Claw” – a decadent delight of dark chocolate ice cream, chocolate covered cashews, and Denali caramel. Since dark chocolate and cashews are high on my favorites list, this ice cream is a natural for me. I’ve got a half gallon in the freezer right now!
Another favorite is Chocolate Trinity. This is dark chocolate ice cream (seeing a pattern here?) with Mackinac fudge swirls and chocolate chunks. At 200 calories per half cup (and who eats just half a cup at one sitting?), this qualifies for the warning of “a moment on the lips, forever on the hips.”
When discretion asserts itself and I look for a non-chocolate ice cream, I choose New Orleans Praline. This features buttery and rich brown sugar ice cream with thick ribbons of caramel and crunchy praline pieces.
One thing I like is that Publix regularly brings out new flavors, sometimes in a “limited edition.” This week, I saw a new flavor obviously timed to coincide with the annual Girl Scout cookie sales: Girl Scouts Samoas, my favorite Girl Scout cookie. So of course I bought this coconut-caramel ice cream with Samoas pieces, coconut and fudge swirl.
Publix has succeeded very well in keeping me with their brand of ice cream. I can’t recall the last time I bought what used to be my favorite brand: Breyer’s. Before they discontinued it, I regularly bought their Cherry Chocolate Chip – cherry ice cream with chocolate chips. (Every now and then, I do pick up some Mint Chocolate Chip for nostalgia’s sake.)
By now, you are probably screaming for ice cream. Indulge…!