Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Celebrating 100 Posts: Only 2 more days to enter!

To celebrate our hundredth post we are having a raffle of some full value coupons for frozen treats and a few other extras...To enter, email us or comment here at our hundredth post by next Wednesday, October 1 and tell us your favorite thing about Scoopalicious. *Please be sure to include an email address we can contact you at in case you win!*

Monday, September 29, 2008

Who Invented the Popsicle?

Ah, the popsicle. It's always pretty much been a part of childhood. Except, like most things, there was a time when it wasn't. But we can thank a child for bringing us this refreshing treat.

The popsicle was invented in 1905 by an eleven year old boy, who, as was common in the day, mixed soda powder and water with a wooden stick for a refreshing drink. The child, Frank W. Epperson, seemed to be a bit forgetful like I am, and left the unfinished drink outside overnight. When he finally came to retrieve it the next day, it was frozen.

It seems little Frank kept his new treat mainly to himself until almost two decades later, when he realized the possibility of the demand for this frozen treat.

Though he originally called it the "Epsicle," Epperson eventually "changed the name of his treat to "Popsicle," after his children’s frequent requests for "Pop’s ’sicle," and applied for a patent." (Popsicle History, http://www.popsicle.com/history/)

We had a contest a couple of weeks ago, and three people answered correctly. Congrats to Ruth, Jennifer, and Arianna for submitting the correct answer and winning a coupon for a free box of frozen treats from Breyers, Popsicle, Klondike, or Good Humor.

Reminder: to celebrate our hundreth post we are having a raffle of some full value coupons for frozen treats and a few other extras...To enter, email us or comment here at our hundreth post by next Wednesday, October 1 and tell us your favorite thing about Scoopalicious. *Please be sure to include an email address we can contact you at in case you win!*

The history of the popsicle is from the Popsicle website, in their Popsicle History Section. The photo is taken by Dain Hubbley who is represented on stock.xchng.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Scoopalicious Celebrates 100 Posts!

Happy 100th Post, Scoopalicious!

Since we started this ice cream blog project in January of 2008, it has been quite an adventure. We've met some pretty cool people, we have tasted some pretty wonderful ice cream treats and lots of yummy flavors. The best of all is that we actually make our own too. In case you're new and looking to churn your own, check out some of our flavors below and look back through our older posts for these great recipes.

Blueberry Cheesecake
Pina Colada

Peppermint Chocolate
Very Cherry
Peanut Butter & Fluff
Cake Batter
Saigon Mexican Chocolate
Mint Chocolate Chip
Maple Walnut
Shirley Temple
Rosemary Peach
Dulce De Leche Chocolate Chunk
Thin Mint
Cinnamon Frozen Yogurt

To celebrate we are having a raffle of some full value coupons for frozen treats and a few other extras...To enter, email us or comment below by next Wednesday, October 1 and tell us your favorite thing about Scoopalicious. *Please be sure to include an email address we can contact you at in case you win!*

Image courtesy of Rachel Distler, Rachel Distler Photography.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

World's Largest Ice Cream Social at Cold Stone Creamery This Thursday

Cold Stone Creamery is teaming up with Make-A-Wish Foundation to make children's dreams come true. 

Pop into your nearest Cold Stone Creamery on Thursday, September 25 from 5-8 pm for a free 3 oz. cup of either Jack's Creation or Emily's Creation (two flavors that were inspired by Jack and Emily, two Wish children) and some "family fun" -- not
 exactly sure what the fun will be. From the Cold Stone website:
  • Jack's Creation Marshmallow ice cream with OREO® Cookies, Chocolate Chips and Fudge
  • Emily's Creation Nutter Butter® ice cream with White Chocolate Chips, Kit Kat® and Yellow Cake

For more information and the list of participating shops, visit the Cold Stone website.

Added bonus? Since you are already at Cold Stone enjoying your free ice cream, you can kill two birds with one stone and do a good deed. Throughout the month of September, purchase Make-A-Wish Wall Star at Cold Stone Creamery and all proceeds will go to the Foundation.  Feel the warmth of giving while enjoying an ice cold treat!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Scoopalicious gets fabulicious

Yah . . . its about time two designers get their act together and express themselves. Always the work for yourself that suffers the most, right! But finally we changed our header to reflect how much fun we are having on this ice cream blogging adventure. We hope to enhance our site over time but in the meantime always remember two scoops is better than one!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Taste Testing: Popsicle/Klondike Products

Are you ready for another "What Husband Did With The Dry Ice?" Here is Photo Essay Number Two. The cool people at Klondike/Popsicle contacted Tina and I asking if we would be willing to test some of their products..."of course," we said!

Keep reading until the end for a chance to test your own ice cream novelties!

The ice cream came on Friday, September 5 in a
HUGE box
that was probably 3x2x2 feet.
Clearly Ernie
the pup was unphased.

I opened it to get my samples into the freezer and
was I glad that I had. The big cooler that was
holding the ice cream was cracked on the top.

The ice cream seemed still frozen, but
for Husband, it looked
like a lot of the dry ice
had melted away.

First things first. I pulled out the styrafoam cooler I got from our first sample of ice cream cupcakes and poured the dry ice. No boohooing for Kevin. The smaller cooler was brim to the top with dry ice, which means Kevin ended up with more than he had the first time he played with the dry ice from my ice cream samples.

When Kevin arrived home, what we really needed to do was clean because his parents were coming within hours...as I was folding laundry in the other room, I hear an excited Kevin and walk into the kitchen to see this:

Sink filled with dry ice. Wait...

That smoke/steam/whatever it is
looks pretty cool falling over the counter.

Yes, we need to zoom out. The floor is so covered
in dry ice "smoke" that Kevin has to quickly find Ernie
in the haze and pick him up so he doesn't suffocate.
(Ernie is fine, but probably wondering
why he moved in with us)

Ah, yes, it was all over the house...into the dining
room in this picture (Did I mention the
were due from Arizona in an hour and
the house clutter still needed to be picked up a bit?

Here is our romantic, steamy
of the products in the dry ice.

So, how did we like the treats? Um, yum!

So to the left is an image of the Slim-A-Bear line. The package we got contained both French Vanilla and English Toffee. I was a little hesitant because these are a lower fat treat, with only a hundred calories, but Husband and I were pleasantly surprised with the taste. The French Vanilla were pretty much the original Klondike Bar on a stick and the English Toffee was a sweet surprise -- I loved the toffee ice cream with the chocolate shell that had little chunks of toffee in it. Husband and I shared tastes of each of the bars, because we knew dinner with in-laws was soon approaching and we didn't want to ruin our appetites -- oh, but we really easily could have. These were good! It was all we could do to keep from diving into the freezer. Later on in the weekend, Mother-in-law, who had mentioned she'd like to see some low fat treats on our blog, tested them was also pleasantly surprised. These are definitely on my running grocery list -- a great treat for when I am craving ice cream but still trying to recover from the fatty ice cream from I Scream 2008 (more to come on that in a future post...)

The other product we tested was Cookies & Cream Popsicle Ice Cream Shots. These were so much fun. While I chose to eat mine out of the carton with a spoon, Kevin put his in a beer stein (we don't have any shot glasses) and "drank" them down. The flavor was good. The ice cream (that's the white shots -- the brown ones were cookie pieces) was super frozen and less airy than regular ice cream and kind of squeaked in your teeth. It seemed much colder than regular, scoopable ice cream, but maybe this is because every time I took them from the freezer I dug in without letting them soften/melt a bit. I don't know if this is the Popsicle/Klondike treat I would choose from the freezer section regularly for myself (though I am sure it would be quite a hit with kids so I'll keep that in mind when I have 'em!) but I can see myself once in a while picking out these little shots to mix the ice cream consumption up a bit!

We'll look forward to Tina's follow up post on this subject -- she got some different products in the mail and I'm interested to see what she thought.

Bonus: Who invented the popsicle and at what age? Email us at scoopaliciousblog@gmail.com by Monday, September 22 for a chance to win a coupon for a free package of any Breyers, Popsicle, Klondike, or Good Humor Product.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

I have to start by saying this is probably the best ice cream I have made this far. From the super creamy texture to the rich caramel flavor and smooth milk chocolate chunks, this is one I know I will make again! FYI...for anyone wondering what is Dulce de Leche, it is spanish and is a rich, silky and smooth caramel.

So my brother is over and asks...can you replicate B&J's Cinnamon Bun? Not sure I can even come close to replicating anything B&J but I'll sure try and especially since I love anything cinnamon. For anyone who hasn't tried this newer flavor its caramel ice cream with cinnamon bun dough and a caramel streusel swirl...totally awesome! I had the luxury of trying it at Boston's all you can eat Scooper Bowl and it was by far my favorite. So when I was given this challenge I jumped at it. So this recipe really is part one of my experiment...I thought I'd try to master the base before figuring out the mix-ins thus the chocolate chunk mix-ins instead of dough. To be honest...I have no idea how to replicate the cinnamon bun dough so I have to do my research and testing first....oh and will accept any ideas you may have ;). So here's my fabulous recipe for homemade Dulce de Leche ice cream. It's actually quite simple and basic since I used the one and only Lebovitz's vanilla ice cream as my base and added the Dulce de Leche syrup ( I used Nestle's La Lechera) instead of making it myself. I started with the vanilla base and added the syrup before refrigerating...and this created the silkiest, richest, and super super creamy and heavenly caramel ice cream. I also used a Perugina milk chocolate (go figure another Nestle brand product) to add to the creaminess and voila...Homemade Dulce de Leche ice cream with Milk Chocolate Chunks. Enjoy!!

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Chunk 
Ice Cream
1 cup milk
pinch of salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 vanlla bean
5 egg yolks
2 cups heavy cream
few drops of vanilla extract
1 15oz can of Dulce de Leche
3.5 oz milk chocolate bar (chopped in chunks)

Heat milk, sugar, salt. Split vanilla bean, scrape beans into mix, add bean. Let steep for half hour. Stir together yolks in a separate bowl and slowly add heated milk. Then pour back into the saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until the custard thickens to lightly coat a rubber spatula. Strain the custard into the heavy cream, stir in Dulce de Leche until smooth, and cool over an ice bath. Refrigerate 4 hours then freeze according to your ice cream maker's directions. Mix in chocolate chunks before freezing.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The true scoop on our candidates

Not getting all political here. Just nice to know that our future president loves ice cream too! Even our presidential candidates won't let summer end without a scoop or two. The Obama and McCain teams both hit local shops on August 29th to share America's favorite dessert. Looks like its the cone vs. the dish!

Barack makes a stop at Windmill Ice Cream Shop in Aliquippa, Pa.,
for a good old fashioned Butter Pecan on a plain cone.

Double fisting! And one looks like two scoops. Biden doesn't fool around. According to this article Biden says, "I may have vices but this is my biggest one."  Well we here at scoopalicious sure can relate to that!

The McCain camp hits Concord, Ohio for some scoops. Looks like they don't like to get their hands dirty. Dishes of soft serve for the Republicans.

I think the debates would be much more interesting if they would debate the cone vs the dish or maybe soft serve vs hard ice cream. Seriously let's talk Mint Chocolate Chip vs plain old Vanilla. It's the right to choose..ice cream that is!

Photos: Reuters


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