I is for ICE CREAM

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I’m proud to be a part of a wonderful organization called the Writers of Kern. They are having a “Blog Challenge” and I’m participating. I’m writing my normal two blogs per week but challenging myself to be prompted by the alphabet. Hope you can read all twenty six from A-Z. For more good reading check out the Writers of Kern’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/95572300558/

I is for ICE CREAM

I know there were many i-word choices. The letter “I” is intriguing, intelligent, insightful, but ill-advised. Those words are icky.

A famous writer once advised writers to, “Write what you know.”

I know ice cream. I love ice cream. I is for Ice Cream.
I don’t eat it every day. It’s a treat, a special treat.

I spent 90% of my life with no ice cream cravings. It was not a special treat. It was just okay. I preferred a slice of lemon meringue pie or chocolate chip cookies as my rewards.
As we age we lose taste buds. We start out with 50,000 or so. I read that Seniors lose their taste for sweet and salt first. I stopped using salt, especially table salt decades ago so I have never craved salt. Many seniors over-salt their food because of this taste bud decline, and then they have high blood pressure problems.

The medical world needs to study me. I never had a taste or craving for sweets. Never bought candy and rarely ate ice cream. Now I’m the proverbial Senior citizen losing his taste buds.  I’m not supposed to have my sweet taste buds left.
I can challenge the medical world’s beliefs. I have grown new taste buds and keep adding more. Nothing but sweet taste buds.

The good news is I’m now living in a community that has incredible ice cream makers.

My first four decades were in Lafayette, Indiana. One ice cream parlor downtown and one frozen custard that opened Memorial Day to Labor Day. We had a local ice cream plant, Borden’s, which had a large sign of Elsie the Cow out front. They sold more milk then ice cream. Borden’s Ice Cream was nothing special. The downtown ice cream parlor made the normal sundaes, but their ice cream was nothing special. The frozen custard was the best bet, but wasn’t in the ‘great’ category. Custard varies from ice cream because of egg yolk and more butter fat. Custards are popular in the mid-west and seem to be on every corner in Wisconsin.
Here in Bako, we have one of the Wisconsin Frozen Custard chains, Freddy’s. I don’t find it to anything special. They think they’re cool because they call their custard flavor blends “concrete.” Just what I want to order. Frozen concrete.

And it doesn’t start with “I” so I can’t write about it anyway.

We also have an ice cream plant in Bakersfield. Not just any old plant, but the largest ice cream plant, by volume, in the world.
Curt, do you hear what I’m saying…The world!
It’s the Nestle plant.
If you’d like a free tour to see the plant in action, click here: https://vimeo.com/69806651

This plant makes Dreyer’s Ice Cream and all the other Nestle products except Haagen-Dazs, but it is made 50 miles up the road in Tulare at the 2nd largest ice cream plant in the world.

In my opinion the best tasting ice cream (and ice milk) comes from our smaller local ice cream makers. And we have many.


The oldest is Dewar’s. They are famous world-wide for their “chews” candies which are distributed all over the globe, but their home-made ice creams and ice milks or excellent.
The best seller is their Butter-Rum Ice Milk. My favorite is their English Toffee Ice Cream. Just had some last night while watching “Vinyl.”


We have Rosemary’s Family Creamery. Wonderful flavors and sundae concoctions made with their own home made stuff.
Rosemarys Family Creamery

My mom’s favorite at Rosemary’s was a sundae called “David’s Tan and White.” It is made with Vanilla and Toasted Almond Ice Cream, marshmallows, their own home-cooked Caramel Sauce, topped with nuts, whipped cream and a cherry.


One of the most creative ice cream makers I’ve ever seen owns a wonderful food place called  “Moo Creamery.”
Moo Creamery

All the food selections at Moo Creamery are yummy, but the owner makes an unbelievable Vanilla Bean Ice Cream he uses in his concoctions of malts, shakes and sundaes. My favorite is the Whiskey Caramel Malt.
Yeah, I know, sounds rich. It is!
It is made with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, whiskey caramel sauce, malt powder, toasted almonds and whipped cream.

One of my favorite ice cream snack is stuffed between my favorite cookie. It is called “It’s It.”

I discovered “It’s It” when I lived in the bay area seventeen years ago. Thankfully they heard me moaning their loss when I moved to Bakersfield. They joined me here a few years ago and are in multiple store locations.
Stare at this round ice cream sandwich.
Mint its it

Look at it staring back at you. That’s a big scoop of mint ice cream stuffed between two oatmeal cookies and the whole thing is dipped in chocolate. I think “It’s it” is a silly name. I would have called it Triple Orgasm.

Double Dog Dare You to Click and Stare at all of Them Staring back:  https://www.itsiticecream.com/

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9 Responses to I is for ICE CREAM

  1. Maybe we can tire out our taste buds, and you just never used your sweet ones. I’m a sugar addict (and I don’t use that word lightly). Maybe there’s hope for me yet 😀 ❤

    • bakoheat says:

      Great scientific find! I wore out all my taste buds except the sugar ones I didn’t use in my younger days.
      Thank you, Mandy. I will try to wear those out, too.

  2. heyannis says:

    Dan, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, I lived one tiny street over from the local Baskin-Robbins. Oh, my, that was hard. They knew us on a first-name basis. It was like going into the “Cheers” bar! They knew our orders before we spoke them. It was disaster for a young weight-conscious, sweet-toothed teacher and mother of two.

    Today, I can’t eat much ice cream, though I still love it. I still have my memories of creative concoctions and flavors to die for. That will have to do until the occasional splurge.

    Thank you. xoA

  3. joanraymondwriting says:

    There is nothing like ice cream. I grew up in Fresno, and there was a Carnation Ice Cream Parlor less than a mile from my house. My friend and I would ride bikes and sit at the table with the little jukebox on it. We’d play our favorite tunes while enjoying root beer floats – buy one for 15 cents, and the other one for a penny. Sixteen cents, plus what we spent on the jukebox. A great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

    • bakoheat says:

      What a great scene. When I was a kid we would go to the corner drug store counter and order Wild Cherry Phosphates for a dime. I wonder how many folks have to google that drink.

  4. John says:

    Curse you McGuire! My mouth is watering after this post! But it did make me think that ice cream parlors are the same micro-breweries are to beer makers. We used to have a Swensen (?) in town that was pretty good. And, my Dad always like the Rocky Road at the Thrifty counter for some reason…I’m off to raid the frig.

    • bakoheat says:

      Ahhh, another memory. For me, too. When I lived in the Bay Area I loved going (still there, too) to the Original Swensen’s Ice Cream Parlor.
      I loved the location. 1999 Hyde, just a couple blocks from the famous Lombard street hill.

  5. fiddlrts says:

    For my money, the best flavor at Moo Creamery is one of their seasonals: the jalapeno raspberry cream cheese. It sounds weird, but it is fantastic. And addicting.

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