January 15, 2012

National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

"I doubt whether the world holds for any one a more soul-stirring surprise than the first adventure with ice cream!" - Heywood C. Broun

It's National Strawberry Ice Cream Day!

"I don’t like the color pink, but you have to admit there is something charming about strawberry ice cream. It is such a lovely shade of lightish red that it’s hard, for me anyway, not to smile when I see it. However, often when I eat it, I feel unbelievably cheated.

In my world, strawberry ice cream is either a hit or miss, right or wrong, and there is no in-between.

Strawberry ice cream the right way: when it has a velvety, smooth consistency

Strawberry ice cream the wrong way: when it has specks and frozen globby chunks of berries.

There is nothing quite like getting a scoop of real strawberry ice cream (the former of the two descriptions above), especially made fresh by local vendors. When made right, it is a pleasant, sunny, friendly flavor that is inviting and calming to the soul. For me, the perfect accompaniment to a warm summer day is a scoop of strawberry ice cream. I can picture it, even feel it, now: sitting somewhere quietly, like on the steps in front of my house, my toes curled around long blades of unmown grass, watching the trees sway lazily over the still river, while a bee’s ballad softly hums nearby.

Overall, with the exception of the random seed that wedges its way between my two front teeth, strawberry ice cream conjures up nice thoughts."

Despite the frigid temps, I hope it does for you today, too!

Happy Strawberry Ice Cream Day!