Sunday Sundae: national day history mystery edition

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As if the sweltering summer heat wasn’t a good enough excuse to drown yourself in ice cream, July is National Ice Cream Month. And if you didn’t already know that, what better day to learn than today, National Ice Cream Day!

As much as I’d like to take credit for making up this glorious holiday and basically extending it for 1/12 of the YEAR, the Nobel Prize goes to desserty prez Ronnie Reagan, who in 1984 took a break from pounding jelly beans and proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month, further driving it home by establishing the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day. #justsayyes

Which brings us to today’s mystery: what did I just eat? Unable to decide, but definitely leaning chocolate for today’s observance, I had a turtle sundae with a nice foundation scoop of dark dark chocolate topped with a scoop of Agatha Christie from the newly opened Red Bicycle Ice Cream. The Agatha Christie is an ever-changing mysterious mélange of all the flavors, so you never know quite what you’ll taste. Thankfully, I did not come across arsenic or gun powder, but rather cookies and cream, rocky road, chocolate chip, and a hint of mint. (alas, no Poirot crème de cassis)

 

Sunday Sundae: Flesor’s Candy Kitchen

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Flesor’s Candy Kitchen. Let me repeat: CANDY. KITCHEN. Why oh why did it take me so long to visit?!?!

Established by Gus Flesor in 1901, temporarily closed in the late 1970s, and reopened by Gus’s granddaughters in 2004, I can only hope it lasts for at least 100 more years. Built around an old timey soda fountain, featuring homemade ice cream using original recipes in over 15 flavors, cases of hand-dipped chocolates, a wall of free books to peruse/take home, (a patty melt that comes with American AND Swiss cheese as the norm!), what more can you ask for??!?

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My sundae featured a scoop of chocolate, a scoop of coffee, and a scoop of black walnut ice creams, topped with hot caramel and hot fudge, whole toasted pecans, whipped cream and a cherry. I’ll be coming back for a s’mores sundae. I may also be coming back to make my own concoction loaded with seasonal chocolate chip peanut butter ice cream complete with a peanut butter pudding bonbon as a topper.

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What is a peanut butter pudding bonbon?? Made with a recipe purchased from some mystery man, I’d say their website sums it up pretty well: “If you like creamy peanut butter and chocolate – milk or dark – buy these squares in mass quantities. (Psst. They’re better than Reese’s, and Reese’s are pretty good.)” 100% AGREE.

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Other standouts include dipped fruits, honey salted caramels, molasses chips, butter creams in interesting flavors like lemon poppy seed or cinnamon vanilla, and Paul’s Pecan Favorites (basically turtles). The chocolate is smooth and creamy, the caramel is fresh, the nuts are perfectly toasted.

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Flesor’s is located in Tuscola, IL, about 5 min from the outlet mall, so I will leave you with this pro insight: mirrors at the mall are more forgiving pre-sundae.

Sunday Sundae: have it your way

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When it’s 65 degrees in FEBRUARY in ILLINOIS what do you do? You get a banana split. When a traditional banana split comes with the traditional chocolate/strawberry/vanilla combo and you hate vanilla ice cream what do you do? You swap in coconut. Everyone’s happy, traditionalists are none the wiser.

(like, I am all about empty calories, but what’s the point if it doesn’t taste good? no point. and why am I paying for it if I’m not going to eat it. I’m not. take that, Vanilla. don’t even look at me.)

The perfect substitute for such a tropical afternoon – the perfect substitute any time vanilla is forced your way. Even better when the coconut ice cream is made in-house using fresh coconut.

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Sunday Study Sundae

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A single scoop – normal. A double scoop – hey now. A triple scoop – whoawhoawhoa. A quadruple scoop – who even does that unless you’re Napoleon via Bill and Ted??!?!? But if Jeni’s understands one thing, it’s that it’s hard to pick just one flavor. Which is why you can ask for unlimited tastes (doled out by always smiling faces), and when you order 4 scoops they call it a “study,” not a “fatfatty,” and simply ask cone/cup/cookie with that? (also they make you feel less crazy by calling their scoops “half scoops,” but who are we kidding? these are normal size)

And so for this Sunday’s breakfast, I was an ice cream academic doing full coursework on summer flavors. Having had an unusually indoored summer this year, it was lovely to run through a sprinkler, visit a farm, go to the drive-in, lay out at the Cape and run through meadows all in the span of 35min.

Watermelon Buttermilk Frozen Yogurt – if Jeni’s shut down all flavor production and closed all but one shop and was just left with a little hut selling this one flavor in some off-road middle-of-nowhere town, there will still be a line out the door. It’s like childhood sour taffy but fresh and refreshing (like running through front lawn sprinklers while chasing the ice cream truck down the block).

Sweet Corn & Black Raspberries – reminds me of my summers spent on the farm….jk jk, maybe I’ve actually never been to a farm? But I did summer around a lot of corn and pick wild black raspberries when hiking in the woods, so basically this ice cream is Midwest at its best (sans mosquitoes).

Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk – if ever a strawberry milkshake could give you a hug, this is what it would be like. And then you just get a blanket in the backseat of some car at the drive-in and get down to business.

Lemon and Blueberries Buttermilk Frozen Yogurt – if you’re at Jeni’s and having a hard time deciding on a scoop of the whole lemon sorbet or the ultramarine, let me give you a pro tip: get a scoop of this instead bc it’s the best of both worlds. Tart tart with sweet and jammy berry ribbons, each bite is a bright shock with a smooth, calm finish – much like the recurring cold shock of entering the freezing ocean on a boiling day.

Honorary shout out to Ylang Ylang & Fennel – who didn’t entirely match the fruity study flavor profile, but was like running through a spicy, flowery, golden summer meadow all the same.

A+++++

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Sunday Sundae: National Ice Cream Day!!!

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I awoke this morning all dressed up with no place to go. To be honest, I was lying in bed scrolling through pics of ice creams past and wondering where the f I would go to celebrate National Ice Cream Day since I’m in an astoundingly under-ice creamed area of the country and also it was pouring rain.

Fast forward some hours, some naps, and a movie matinee, the rain stopped and the heat returned, and I was walking into a jam-packed Marble Slab Creamery basically next to the movie theater – how convenient! Similar to a Cold Stone but with fewer locations and unlimited mix-ins, I opted for a swirl of amaretto and dark chocolate ice creams chunked up with pecans, walnuts and almonds, made into a hot fudgey waffle bowl sundae. Yassss.

Thanks to the inquiring 3yr old outside, I know that everyone else got: birthday cake, peanut butter cup/cookie dough, blueberry, strawberry and lemon. Def going back (but not tonight, even though it is a holiday…..so maybe I should go back tonight??!) for a blueberry/lemon combo….maybe mixed with gummy bears…..

Happy National Ice Cream Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Sunday Melty Sundae

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When your weather app says “91F but feels like 102F,” and a huge storm is rolling in, there’s only one thing to do: get a sundae with the works and scarf it down before it melts/you get cycloned away.

The “works” today = a scoop of chocolate, a scoop of Georgia peach, Jarling’s famous cold fudge, butterscotch, sliced bananas, toasted pecans, whipped cream, a cherry, and a questioning-but-not-judging look from the ice cream guy. (future tip: the Georgia peach is prob better sans all of the above, but when a tornado is looming and it might be your last sundae on Earth, you make it count….)

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