National Ice Cream Month

national ice cream month

July is here. That means it’s officially National Ice Cream month. America will celebrate its birthday with ice cream. What could be better?

National Ice Cream Month is also celebrating a birthday. 31 years ago, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day. (So remember to circle Sunday July 19th on your calendars). Apparently the President who came up with supply-side economics also enjoyed a little ice cream on the side.ronald reagon ice cream

Here’s another fun fact about ice cream: About ten percent of all milk produced by dairy farmers in the U.S. is used to produce ice cream.

This is also the time of year that is great for fruit. It’s prime seasonal time for many fruits.

Praline’s is proud to deliver delicious ice cream highlighting fresh fruit

Orange Pineapple ice cream is very refreshing. Try it some summer night after a barbeque.

Like blueberries? Try Blueberry Schnapps ice cream. This ice cream features fresh blueberries combined with blueberry liquor.fall ice cream

Have you tried Banana ice cream? Really great banana ice cream? If you haven’t, it’s high time you try the Banana ice cream at Praline’s. This ice cream features crushed FRESH bananas, combined with real cream.

Books for Ice Cream

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This is prime ice cream season and there is a very cool program happening in Maine. A book drive program is underway, encouraging folks to fill up the bookmobile by offering the sweet treat of ice cream.

It’s happening this week at a book and toy store in Bangor, Maine. An ice cream provider is lending an ice cream truck and teaming with a member of a volunteer literacy program in Bangor.

The goal, beyond having a strong book drive, is to promote and improve education and literacy in the greater Bangor area.

There is a track record of success for this program, which is now in its third year. Last year’s event raised more than 1,000 books for children and teens. New and gently used books are once again being accepted during this year’s drive.

People who bring books to the ice cream truck/bookmobile will get ice cream in exchange for each book. There will also be story times and read-a-longs at the book and toy store in Bangor.

In this third year of the event, the goal is to collect 1,500 books for children and young adults.

This is certainly a great time of year to enjoy ice cream. What’s a better way to spend a lazy summer day than by enjoying a good book with fresh ice cream that features a true homemade taste?

Improve Your Ice Cream Flavor

homemade ice cream fruit

Ice cream is very good. Anyone want to argue that point? Didn’t think so. People love ice cream and lots of people love making homemade ice cream, especially during the summer season.

Yet, can homemade ice cream be even better? Sure. Don’t slam the door on ice cream improvements. Try out some of the following suggestions. Get creative. After all, that creativity may result in deliciousness.

Texture in ice cream is just so important. A bad feel can leave a bad taste in your mouth. There are ways to improve texture in homemade ice cream.

Cocoa butter is not cheap, but it can add a more velvety texture to homemade ice cream without leaving behind a fatty coating.

Get creative with your flavor profile. Add real chocolate flakes. Check out what local fruits are in season and incorporate those fresh fruits in your homemade ice cream. Fresh summer strawberries are awesome in so many ways, ice cream being no exception. If you are lucky enough to live near a local farm that allow for fresh fruit picking, take advantage and ask what fruits are in season.

There is no big secret. Simply add your fresh fruit to your vanilla ice cream base and mix away.

Of course, we always offer this reminder: If you want true homemade ice cream flavor without the homemade ice cream work, go to your nearest Praline’s and check out a new flavor creation.

The Kanye West Celebrity Birthday Ice Cream Tour

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Lots of us love to celebrate our birthdays with ice cream. A birthday can be a whole lot sweeter when it comes with a delicious ice cream cake or ice cream pie.

Yet, for many of us common folks, those birthday treats are just enjoyed on the actual birthday. Celebrities operate on a different plateau. As such, they get to spread the birthday celebration out over an entire week. At least they do if their name is Kanye West.

Many of you may not know this, but last week was Kanye West Ice Cream Week. The rapper turned 38 on Monday, June 8th. One New York-based ice cream parlor decided that was reason enough to celebrate with ice cream for a week. kim and kayne ice cream

It was six days’ worth of Kayne-inspired ice cream. The ice cream parlor’s interior was transformed into what was called a “Kanye’s beautiful but darkly lit ice cream parlor”. The menu includes flavors like Red October Raspberry and All Day Vanilla.

• The Kim K. Thirst Trap Sundae includes sesame caramel ice cream with champagne caramel sauce and whipped cream.
• The I Am a God Ice Cream Croissantwich features vanilla ice cream inside an Arcade Bakery croissant. (This seems like a long title for an ice cream sandwich…)

OK, sounds like fun and we appreciate celebrities that enjoy ice cream. However, we want to make sure all folks get to enjoy wonderful ice cream, no matter their tax bracket or Q rating.

Using Ice Cream to Pay for College

ice cream dollar

Let’s start with two undisputed facts:

1. Ice cream is delicious
2. College is expensive

So what do these two facts have in common? Plenty, if you are a Pennsylvania high school student with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Ben Gelenberg is getting ready to load up his van and sling ice cream around Patton Township, Pennsylvania this summer. The name of his mobile ice cream business? College Fund Ice Cream and Frozen Treats.

Patton Township is not far from Penn State, where Gelenberg is likely to attend, possibly to study professional golf management (who knew) or history in hopes of becoming a teacher.

Let’s go back to one of those indisputable truths: College costs money. A lot of money. So Gelenberg plans to put his ice cream funds toward his college fund.college money

That entrepreneurial spirit runs in the family. Ben’s parents have owned residential property for 24 years. Now at 17, Ben feels like he is ready to step out and run his own ship (or van). He says he’s been helping with his parents’ residential properties since he was ten years old.

Ben’s dad came up with the initial idea of the ice cream business, reading how others had done the same thing in other parts of the country.

Ben has also learned about the legal aspect of the independent ice cream business. He knows he has to stay within town lines when selling his treats, or face a fine.

Ben’s plan is just another way ice cream can bring something positive to people’s lives. Even when it comes to college tuition.

Let’s Get Excited for Summer Ice Cream

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Can you feel it in the air? It’s summer ice cream season.

We are now past Memorial Day. The unofficial start of summer is here. Let’s get excited for ice cream season. Yes, we know the weather in Connecticut this first week of June feels more like March or November. Is the weather a bummer? Yes. Is the cool weather going to last? Heck no.

Summer weather will be here. Let’s get ready to dance for ice cream.
ice cream dancing

Praline’s has so many seasonal flavors that enhance the feeling and spirit of summer.

Can we talk about blueberries for a moment? Praline’s is down with blueberries. If you want to try a delicious combination of fruit and ice cream, have a taste of Blueberry Schnapps Ice Cream. The seasonal flavor from Praline’s is ice cream combined with blueberry schnapps liquor and fresh blueberries.

If you like that combo of fruit and ice cream, try the Orange Pineapple Ice Cream. It’s fruity. It’s citrusy. It’s ice cream. It’s very refreshing.

If you really want to treat yourself to an ice cream treat, take a beloved candy bar and combine it with Praline’s vanilla ice cream. Snickers® Ice Cream is the result of that combination.

There are lots of great things about summer. We don’t need to list them. You surely have your own list. Yet, we can all agree ice cream is awesome.

The Ice Cream Cone Sprinkles Brawl

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The unofficial start to summer is here and people are excited about the warm weather, vacations, beaches and summertime treats such as ice cream cones.

We need to remember that ice cream is meant for enjoyment and camaraderie, hopefully with family and friends.

Picking an ice cream flavor can be a very personal decision. The same is true of ice cream toppings. We all have our favorites. Hot fudge, nuts, sprinkles…they are all good. No matter what topping we like best, there should never be a reason to get the police involved. Memorial Day Weekend can be a busy time for members of law enforcement as they work to keep people safe during the holiday weekend. They probably had better things to do than break up a sprinkler fight.

Unfortunately, it appears that is what happened in Michigan this past Memorial Day Weekend.

Police say a woman decided to take matters into her own hands after claiming she did not receive enough sprinkles on her ice cream cone.

Police say it started when the woman entered a local gas station and ordered an ice cream cone. It seems the clerk put on too few sprinkles for the woman’s liking, causing the woman to throw a fit. Police say a man with the woman tried to calm her down, but that didn’t work as she allegedly tried to hit him.

Let’s put aside the fact that the woman was fortunate enough to find a gas station that serves ice cream cones. This is still no way to act, sprinkles or no sprinkles.

Enjoy your ice cream, and your toppings, this summer. And keep the cops out of it.

Ice Cream Truck Rentals for Corporate Events

ice cream truck rentals corporate eventsIf you are looking for a way to show your employees or customers your appreciation at an upcoming corporate event or a unique way to promote your company’s brand, consider doing it with ice cream. An ice cream truck rental can create a fun and festive atmosphere at any event and offer you an opportunity to promote your company to current and future customers.

An ice cream truck rental is a simple and effective way to show that you value your employees at a corporate appreciation event or to draw in customers at a special event, such as a product launch. Everybody loves ice cream, and offering it at an event is a simple way to show that you care about your guests.

You can even have the ice cream truck decorated with your company’s name and logo as a creative way to let everyone at your corporate event know that your business is responsible for bringing them the ice cream. You can put your company’s name and logo nearly anywhere on the ice cream truck, including the windshield, serving window, driver’s and passenger’s doors, or rear door. If you want to go all out, you can wrap the entire ice cream truck in your company’s name and logo to get the maximum amount of advertising space.

To make your next corporate event fun and memorable for everyone in attendance, rent an ice cream truck. Whether you are celebrating a company milestone or planning a company outing, product launch, mobile marketing campaign, or client or vendor appreciation event, an ice cream truck rental is a great way to liven up the event. With the ability to decorate the truck with your company’s name and logo, an ice cream truck rental can also offer a unique branding opportunity for your business.

Ice Cream that Tastes Like a Pothole?

pothole ice cream

It is spring and that means a time of warmer temperatures, blossoming flowers and all-around renewal.

Of course, for areas of the country that dealt with a harsh winter, it’s also a time to deal with the potholes left behind by that winter.

One ice cream parlor in Michigan is trying to put a positive spin on the state’s pothole problem. The folks who run the ice cream shop have unveiled a flavor called Michigan Pothole. The flavor was created by an ice cream company in Sterling, Michigan. The owner of the ice cream parlor says the ice cream is a “chocolate base, with a thick tar that goes through and then the little chocolate chunks are pieces of asphalt.”

The company that distributes the ice cream says it will donate a portion (about one percent) of the sales to the Michigan Department of Transportation to, you guessed it, fix the potholes around the state. Is one percent enough to make a dent (sorry) in the pothole problem? Who knows? At the very least, it’s an excuse to eat some ice cream.

If you want to enjoy ice cream that does not remind you of potholes, check out the ice cream menu at your nearest Praline’s in Connecticut. There is no pothole ice cream, but there is Rocky Road. This is chocolate ice cream with mini-marshmallows, chocolate chunks and pecans.

Have a Happy Mother’s Day with Ice Cream

mothers day ice cream

Mother’s Day is almost here. And doesn’t mom deserve some ice cream?

After all, Mother’s Day should be a day when mom does not worry about cooking, much less dessert. The weather is great, so why not have a cookout? And what’s a better cookout dessert than ice cream?

Whew, we asked a lot of questions there. And we think we know most of the answers. Ice cream is terrific and mom would be thrilled by any gift involving ice cream.

Mom deserves the best ice cream and the best ice cream in Connecticut is found at Praline’s. There are many Praline’s locations around the state.

Think about giving mom one of Praline’s delicious ice cream pies. Praline’s has several varieties of such pies. The common denominator is deliciousness.

There’s the Black Bottom ice cream pie. This pie has a layer of chocolate and a layer of vanilla ice cream. The highlight is a fudge center.

There’s also the Mint Chip ice cream pie. This is a treat every mother can love. It starts with Praline’s Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream in a chocolate pie shell with a fudge center. It’s finished off with a chocolate drizzle.

Don’t forget, you can always give mom a Praline’s gift certificate and allow her to pick out her own favorite treat.