As my kids get older, I am noticing more and more that they share some of my personality traits, both good and bad; desire for attention, constant need for entertainment, and unique sense of humor that is often misunderstood, to name just a few.
But the one thing that I am most pleased that I have been able to pass on to my kids, is my love for ice cream. I don’t count ice cream calories, because I don’t consider it food. I have a spiritual connection with ice cream. We are one. Yes, I eat ice cream physically, but more so, it is feeding me spiritually. Therefore, it’s calories don’t count.
Last week another family invited us over for dinner. The food was great and so was the company. The kids enjoyed themselves, as did the adults. It was nice that this family used proper entertaining etiquette and informed us that there would be a dessert course as we ate dinner so I didn’t stuff myself with meat loaf and not leave room for the dessert.
When they mentioned that they planned to have ice cream after we ate, my kids started jumping excitedly in their seats and high-fiving one another. I told them to settle down even though I was having the same reaction in my mind.
Then comes the bomb shell…
“It’s homemade ice cream.”
Homemade ice cream is the worst. It is the Ginger Snap of cookies. It is the Mushroom and Anchovies of pizza. It is the Shasta of soda. No real ice cream connoisseur would waste their time with homemade ice cream.
“No thanks,” I said. ”I’ll pass.”
“What’s the matter, you don’t like ice cream???”
“No, I like ice cream. I just don’t like homemade ice cream.” Every time I run into this situation I hear the same response.
“Well, that’s because you haven’t tried our homemade ice cream yet. Ours is way better than store bought ice cream.”
I don’t get how people can be so delusional when it comes to the quality of their ice cream, and why is it that people not only try to convince themselves that they make the world’s best ice cream, but then they have this mission to convince me too.
It is the same with parents who think their kids are the cutest kids ever, even when it is obvious that they are not.
Or when you are taking a group picture and there is always one person who won’t accept the fact that they are over weight, so you have to keep retaking the picture until they magically look good.
“Hold on, my face looks weird in this picture so we got to redo it.”
“Wait a second, this one makes me look like I have a muffin top. Let’s do one more.”
“This one is no good, the way the light hits my face makes me look like Newman from Seinfeld.”
And I am a nice guy, so I stand there for 20 minutes until we get a picture everyone likes. Just like I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings so I eat the homemade ice cream that taste like iced milk and act like it taste good.
After the whole experience, and being let down by the horrible homemade ice cream, I decided to take the family out for some real ice cream. It was then that I got the idea to do an experiment with my kids. I would take them to every ice cream shop in town and we would find out who truly has the best ice cream, every. It was a tough job, but my kids were up to the challenge.
We went to every place we could think of to get ice cream. I tried to stick to vanilla flavored ice cream cones for comparison, that way different toppings and flavors didn’t distract from quality (when I say ice cream, I also include custard and frozen yogurt). Here is the top 5 list that we came up with.
5) Dairy Queen – Super good value and slightly creamier than McDonalds cones.
4) Burgerville – Cone was creamier than DQ but little options for Sundaes. No nuts means no bueno.
3) Crispy Cream – Almost overlooked, but although I think their donuts have very little flavor, their ice cream was surprisingly good.
2) Flash Freeze Dreamery – Great place to take kids. It is a bit of a wait because they freeze the ice cream to order. But that makes it extra creamy and puts on a show for the little ones.
1) Sheridan’s Frozen Custard – Call it ice cream or call it custard. I call it freakin awesome. By far the creamiest, best thing I have ever had in an ice cream cone. I just wish they had indoor seating.
Comment below your top picks…