|I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Ice Cream!
Its summer, time to line up for Americas favorite dessert: ice cream. Whether you catch the ice cream truck or pay a visit to your local ice cream stand, its hard to think of a sweeter way to cool down in the summer heat.
With note pad in hand and money in pocket, kids reporter Ariel Brumbaugh got the inside scoop on her favorite local ice cream hang-outs.
Shirley McKenna, of Shirleys Ice Cream in Deale, has been serving up the frozen treat for 35 years. Vanilla twist soft serve is her best seller, but Shirleys personal favorite is the strawberry sundae. Her granddaughter Stiles prefers the chocolate and vanilla swirl with sprinkles.
Its busiest on summer weekends, and Shirley enjoys meeting all the people.
My favorite part of the job is seeing the same people year after year, and also seeing the new faces, she says.
In the winter she closes up shop.
Deale Soft Serve is a relatively new kid on the block. Regina Jameson has been in business for six and a half years. Vanilla soft serve is her best seller, though her personal favorite is chocolate and vanilla twist. Weekends, especially Sundays, are her busiest times. What she likes most about her job is the kids. She sees the same kids over and over and loves watching them grow, some from birth.
During the winter, she takes some time to visit her family and relax.
So, when the dog days of summer get you down, treat yourself to a vanilla cone dipped in chocolate, a rootbeer float or a chocolate malt. As for me, Im ready for a hot fudge sundae.
Get Your Ice Cream
and You Can Eat the Dish
Place: The St. Louis Exposition, 1904
Time: Noon on a hot August day.
What better time to invent the ice cream cone?
Ice cream man Charles Menches was dishing up ice cream to eager customers as fast as he could until just before noon, when his dishes ran out. Luckily, he knew a man in a booth nearby who was selling crisp wafer-like pastries called Zalabia. Give me Zalabia! he shouted. He took the wafers, rolled them up and plopped a scoop of ice cream on top. Voila! The first ice cream cone was born.
Fresh Blackberry Ice Cream
This recipe is super easy because you dont have to cook it. It wont store well in the freezer, so be ready to eat it all. That shouldnt be too hard!
- 2 C whipping cream
- 3&Mac218;4 C Sugar
- 2&Mac218;3 C Milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 C fresh blackberries, crushed
No cooking required!
1. Whisk together cream and sugar until sugar dissloves.
2. Add milk and vanilla. Stir.
3. Add blackberries and stir.
4. Pour into ice cream maker and follow its directions.
Cool Stuff To Do
Sat. July 29(8pm)-Search the night sky for furry, flying friends. Learn about the world of bats, and how they keep us happy on summer nights. Ages 6-12. Kinder Farm Park, Millersville. rsvp: 410/222-6115.
Ancient Clay Creations
Sat. July 29(11am-2pm)-Local Native Americans used clay from the Patuxent River to make a lot of everyday tools. Learn their ways and create your own handmade pottery. All ages. Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown. rsvp:
Sat. Aug 5(10am-12noon)-Check out the Calvert Marine Museum and experience the world of the Chesapeake Bay with a craft activity and special presentation. Snack served. Ages 4-6. $10 w/discounts: Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons Island:
Sat. Aug. 12(10am-1:30pm)-Become a super-babysitter. Learn about child development, responsibilities, dealing w/difficulties and how to have fun. Bring a snack. Ages 13+. YWCA, Annapolis. $20; rsvp: 410/626-7800.