How To Beat A Traffic Jam, Free Ice Cream and No Ice Cream

It’s always a good idea to have an ice cream truck around you when stuck in traffic.

Being stuck in traffic is never fun especially when it becomes a parking lot. Add high summer temperatures and you’ve got a recipe for misery. This was the case for motorists recently on a British highway. Fortunately for them, they didn’t have to wait long for relief.

No. Cars didn’t start moving. The driver of an ice cream van who was also stuck on the highway decided to open for business. A new jam formed as people quickly lined up at the van. Thankfully, that one moved rather quickly.

It’s free ice cream day today in Cleveland and Detroit. You can get free Moose Tracks ice cream today at Public Square in Cleveland as part of Denali’s 10,000 Scoop Challenge. In Detroit, Hudsonville Ice Cream is hosting the Hudsonville Summer Extravaganza where they will be scooping out free ice cream. If you get there between 11 and noon, you can have your ice cream scooped by Detroit Tigers’ Alex Avila.

In Long Island, families will have to go without ice cream as Nassau County is experiencing a shortage due to distribution problems. Thankfully, there is a solution for all those going without their favorite treat. Uncle Harry’s Ice Cream cakes can be found at the BJ’s Wholesale Club,  Brush Hollow Road.

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Ice Cream Burger

The Ice Cream Brrrger

Last summer I blogged about a hamburger that was topped with a scoop of ice cream. Not to be outdone, sibling restaurant chains Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. have created an ice cream brrrger. For a buck, ninety-nine you get an ice cream sandwich that does a pretty mean imitation of a hamburger. There are sugar cookie buns, chocolate ice cream for the meat, and red, yellow and green icing for the ketchup, mustard, and, I guess, pickle relish.

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Mad Ice Cream Scientist

Charlie Harry Francis.

The straight truth. Most of those wacky ice cream novelties out there are created to generate buzz. A business or manufacturer hopes to grab media attention for the brand which will translate to more sales.

There is one ice cream maker whose off-the-wall creations seem to be made just for the sake of making something new. British entrepreneur and ice cream experimenter, Charlie Harry Francis, seemed destined for the ice cream business. His father was an ice cream maker and his mom was a confectioner. However, not many could have predicted the spin he would put on creating ice cream.

The ice cream bowl

His business, “Lick Me, I’m Delicious,” caters events using a portable liquid nitrogen contraption he created with his half-brother. At first, his creations amounted to custom-made flavors like horseradish and roast beef ice cream served with mini Yorkshire pudding. Earlier this month, Mr. Francis created an ice cream masterpiece that is the very definition of thinking outside the box. Or, in this case, the bowl.

The project was a collaborative effort with potter David Jones. Together, they set out to make a bowl of ice cream with the bowl being the ice cream. The successful bowl was then photographed, so it could be reproduced later using a 3D printer.

I really love what this young man is doing with ice cream and look forward to see what he comes up with next.

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Wild Ice Cream

Before I present my next installment of strange ice cream treats, I wanted to wish everyone a Happy National Chocolate Ice Cream Day. Make certain to celebrate with your favorite chocolate ice cream treat.

Onward to the world of ice cream oddities with ice cream animals. I’m not talking about animals who love ice cream but ice cream shaped like animals. I found quite a few, but the strangest for me was the fish shaped ice cream treat. I just couldn’t imagine biting into it without expecting a fishy taste.

The ice cream fish by Korean ice cream company, Binggrae. Made with vanilla ice cream and red bean. I guess the “red” bean gives you that “I’m eating a real fish” experience.

I would feel a little guilty scooping into these seemingly helpless ice cream animals.

Do you eat bear-shaped ice cream or maul it?

For those who like their ice cream angry.

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Ice cream treat has Chinese going bananas

The BenNana.

You’re at the ice cream parlor holding your newly purchased ice cream cone. You’re excited, of course, but you feel something is missing. Then it hits you. The ice cream would be so much better if you could peel it like a banana.

That’s the scenario Nestle in China must have imagined when they created BenNana, an ice cream novelty that has to be peeled like a banana to get at the frozen treat. If you’re not in the peeling mood, you can eat the peel too. It’s made of edible jelly.

To Nestle’s delight, the BenNana is a hit in China. The treat comes in a wide range of flavors except for one. Banana.

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The Odd and Unusual In Ice Cream

Cereal Conez was a 2010 odd ice cream treat that didn’t quite connect with consumers.

I’m constantly trying to come up with new and exciting ideas for ice cream desserts. Some are so far out there, they never make it past the pen and paper stage. Then there are those that are great on paper, but aren’t so hot when I make a prototype. Some get killed because of logistical reasons. Others fall victim to circumstances beyond my control.

With my behind-the-scenes knowledge of what it takes to get an ice cream product to the store shelf, I’m often amazed at what does make it to market — especially when the product is fairly bizarre. And this ice cream season has gotten off to a more-than-fairly-bizarre start.

There are some wonderfully wacky ice cream products hitting stores and restaurants. I’ve found them and am going to share them with you. Follow my blog over the next couple of weeks as I reveal these weird products. And, no, I haven’t found a strange ice cream cake — yet.

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