August 24 2009 by Karla Henriquez
Since Boston's Frederic Tudor, known as the Ice King, began introducing people around the world to ice from New England ponds, we have enjoyed cold drinks, ice-cream, and other chilled foods. We also began developing amazing recipes and products that rely on cold or frozen ingredients. Soon, almost every home, and certainly every bar and restaurant had an icebox. Today, we've traded in the icebox for the freezer and refrigerator and we can make ice almost anywhere and enjoy icy products year round.
I am especially in love with frozen treats during the summer months. There's something undeniably satisfying about cooling off from the inside out when it's so hot that people are cooking eggs on the pavement. Here are my top ten favorite frozen or chilled treats to enjoy on a hot summer day. What I choose depends on my mood, the temperature, and my location. Trying to rank these was extremely difficult, and if I were to make this list another day, it might be in a completely different order, but here it is:
#1 - Peach Ice cream from McConnell's in Santa Barbara, CA
#2 - Blood Orange Gelato, at Gelatissimo in New Canaan, CT
#3 - Turtle Sundae at Kopp's Frozen Custard in Wisconsin
#4 - Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity in New York City
#5 - Strawberry Milkshake at Moab Diner in Southern Utah
#6 - Magnum Ice Cream, available in Europe but seems to be coming to the US
#7 - Blackberry Bliss Smoothie from Jamba Juice, available nationwide
#8 - Dip Cone at Berkey Creamery on the Penn State campus
#9 - Ice cream with smoosh-ins at Herrell's in Boston
#10 - Banana pudding at the Purple Daisy Picnic Café in Chattanooga, TN
Since I couldn't possibly cover all the fabulous summer treats that are found all over the country, I'd love to know what your favorites are. I'm eager to try them as soon as I can!