Let Ice Cream Help Fight Those Winter Blues

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Once the holiday season passes us and fades into winter’s mid-afternoon sunset, the wintertime blues may begin to roll in.

We’ve all been there. The times of exchanging gifts and celebrating a new year are replaced by a return to our normal schedules. The normal work week returns. No more time off, no more mid-week holiday celebrations.

Plus, people begin with the New Year’s Resolutions. This often means that people decide to push away from the dinner table before dessert is served. There is nothing wrong with this. Moderation is a good thing. A quest for self-improvement is a good thing.

You might think this would be a great time of year to abandon ice cream. But is it really?

Again, we understand and agree with moderation, especially after a holiday season of big meals and bigger dessert. That’s not to say you can’t partake in the occasional indulgence in ice cream.

And don’t think winter is a barren time for great seasonal flavors. Praline’s has some terrific flavors that are perfect for a cozy’s winter’s eve by a roaring fire in the fireplace. In fact, there is no better flavor for such an evening than Peppermint Stick ice cream. This is peppermint-flavored ice cream swimming with tiny peppermint candies. Try eating this delicious treat while sipping hot chocolate and you’ll understand why ice cream isn’t just for warm weather months. Don’t wait too long though. This seasonal delight will be gone soon after January.

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It’s time for another reminder to pick up a Holiday Yule Log from Praline’s as part of your holiday celebration. It’s perfect dessert for holiday parties or family gatherings. They also make a great gift. This will be much more popular than the usual cookies. In fact, why not leave a slice for Santa on Christmas Eve? Order yours today.holiday yule log

Order Your Holiday Yule Log Today

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The weather outside may be frightful. Yet a Praline’s Ice Cream Holiday Yule Log is delightful.

Okay, so let’s hope the weather outside is not all that frightful during the holiday season. But that does not mean a Praline’s Yule Log is any less delightful. In fact, if you left Santa Clause a Praline’s Yule Log instead of just the usual milk and cookies, we dare say you might get that fancy home stereo system instead of the usual gift card and three pairs of socks.

Not that there’s anything wrong with gift cards. In fact, Praline’s gift cards make awesome stocking stuffers. People love ice cream and they love gift cards. We are beginning to see a connection here.

Anyway, back to the Yule Log. This remains of the most popular items at Praline’s. It’s easy to see why. It starts with quality, the same quality Praline’s puts into all of its ice cream products. There are no short cuts when it comes to Praline’s ice cream. The Holiday Yule Log starts with Praline’s black raspberry ice cream coupled with a chocolate cake roll. Just those two things combined are awesome. But the deliciousness does not stop there. The Holiday Yule Log is finished off with chocolate cake crumbs and chocolate drizzle.

Bring this dessert to a holiday party and you’ll be the toast of the town (well, at least of the party). It’s also a perfect gift. Or just buy one for your family’s holiday feast dessert. But, don’t wait. Order a Holiday Yule Log today to make sure one is on the table this holiday season.

The History of the Hot Fudge Sundae

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As 2014 winds down, we are feeling a bit nostalgic. So it’s time for another look back at how one of our favorite ice cream treats came into existence. We speak of the hot fudge sundae. It’s a classic, surely ranking high on many “favorite dessert” lists.

The prevailing theory is that the first hot fudge sundae took shape in Los Angeles, California back in 1906. Clarence Clifton Brown, owner of C.C. Brown’s Ice Cream Shop, is thought to have created the hot and cold concoction. He experimented with several hot fudge recipes before hitting on the right formula. He started selling hot fudge sundaes at his Hollywood store soon after. No doubt people fell in love with the cold ice cream meeting with the hot fudge and then melting just a bit. Back in the early days of the hot fudge sundae, the dessert was served in fluted glassed, which allowed the ice cream and the hot fudge to run down the side.

The hot fudge sundae remains a staple on dessert menus. There’s even a National Hot Fudge Sundae day (It’s July 25th, in case you are already planning for next year).

So why is a sundae call a sundae? One theory is that it was done in part because of the Sunday Blue Laws that were common in the late 19th and early 20th century. Among the blue law restrictions was the ban on selling soda water on Sundays. That meant no ice cream sodas. So, people focused on the remaining ice cream and flavoring and took it from there.

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Christmas is just a few weeks away and it’s time to remind everyone that Praline’s is once again featuring Peppermint Stick Ice Cream. This seasonal flavor favorite features peppermint-flavored ice cream with peppermint candies. It’s perfect for any holiday get-together.

Thanksgiving Desserts

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We all love Thanksgiving. This is the time to be grateful for family and friends. It’s also time to think of those less fortunate. Many of us take time or donate what we can to help those in need enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday and enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings.

It’s a time for thanks and food. Oh, the food. We eat on Thanksgiving. We overeat.

We all have our favorite foods. Maybe you are a traditionalist who just loves the turkey. Maybe you are all about the stuffing. Perhaps your aunt make a homemade cranberry sauce worthy of medal recognition.

Or maybe you are really into the dessert. Before falling asleep in front of a TV with a football game on, you gotta have dessert. And there is usually a few options to choose from.

Thanksgiving has a rich tradition, even when it comes to Thanksgiving desserts. Nowadays, pie is a big hit on the Thanksgiving dessert table. Pumpkin pie is outstanding and really tastes like Thanksgiving. You can’t go wrong with pecan pie (unless you are allergic to nuts). And apple pie also is a great dessert option (get the ice cream out for a little apple pie a la mode).

Pie is a traditional Thanksgiving dessert that has been on Thanksgiving menus for decades. In looking at one Thanksgiving history website, we find that mincemeat pie, pumpkin pie and apple pie were all on the Thanksgiving menu. The menu was from 1779. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

If you want a Thanksgiving pie with an ice cream twist, serve up a Praline’s ice cream pie for your Thanksgiving dessert. Praline’s features a delicious pumpkin ice cream pie. We’re talking about pumpkin ice cream, drizzled with salty caramel and finished with a whipped topping trimming. Order your ice cream pie today.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Holiday Ice Cream Pie Reminder

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It is two weeks from Thanksgiving and this is getting to be busy times for many of us. There is turkey shopping to be done. And don’t forget all the fixings’. Better make a big list so you don’t forget anything.

If you want to take care of dessert without getting messy in the kitchen or worrying about adding another item to the “must put in the oven” list, think pie. More specifically, think ice cream pie.

If you want a delicious Praline’s ice cream pie, order one today to make sure you get your in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Your family will love it, assuming your family loves things that are delicious.

Praline’s has several kinds of choose from. Which one fits your holiday mood?

Let’s stay traditional. It’s Thanksgiving and who doesn’t love pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving. Praline’s serves up a delicious Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie. The pumpkin ice cream in this pie is drizzled with salty caramel and finished with trimming made with whipped topping.

If apple pie is your thing, Praline’s has the perfect dessert. The Apple Crumb Ice Cream Pie starts with apple ice cream and a sweet, crumbly pie top. It’s also layered with delicious caramel sauce.

Praline’s has other delicious ice cream pies as well. The Coconut Cream Pie is coconut cream ice cream with a graham cracker shell, with toasted coconut on the top of the pie.

The Mint Chocolate Chip Pie combines favorite flavors in a delicious ice cream pie. This is mint chocolate chip ice cream in a chocolate pie shell with fudge in the center. It’s topped off with drizzled chocolate.

The Mud Pie is Coffee Oreo ice cream in a chocolate pie shell with a fudge center. This cool, decedent creation is finished off with a chocolate swirl.

Getting in the Ice Cream Game

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Many of us, at one time or another, have thought about a career change. Why not be part of one of the best ice cream companies in America?

Praline’s is always looking to expand its ice cream-loving family. If you love ice cream enough to make it your life’s calling, you should know Praline’s offers no-franchise-fee business opportunities in Connecticut and other parts of New England. If you have the entrepreneurial spirit and want the opportunity to run your own business, consider a Praline’s ice cream shop. There is comfort in knowing you’ll be part of an established, experienced business that believes in quality and customer satisfaction. Those are not just words. Praline’s has been bringing quality ice cream to Connecticut for more than 30 years. Praline’s also believes in local business. That’s why Praline’s still makes all of its ice cream in Connecticut, the same as it has since day one.

The opportunity to run a Praline’s shop is a franchise-free opportunity. This means you have greater control over your profits. There is no monthly royalty franchise fee. You purchase the Praline’s ice cream from Praline’s via the Praline’s retail agreement. The retail agreement means you resell the product but do not have to turn over a percentage of your profit every month. Once the retail agreement is in place, that’s it. You’re ready to go.

You also know that you are in charge of a business that aims to do things the right way. Being a small business owner also allows you to have freedom and truly be your own boss.

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Thanksgiving is two weeks away and it’s time to start thinking about pie. Ice cream pie. Let’s Praline’s be part of your holiday. Before you carve the turkey make sure you have one of our delicious ice cream pies on hand for your Thanksgiving dessert.
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Ice Cream Entrepreneurs

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Ice cream is part of the American culture. Some people are achieving the American Dream thanks to ice cream.

A recent article in Forbes outlined the number of female entrepreneurs who have made their names in the ice cream game.

Jenni Britton Bauer is the force behind an Ohio-based ice cream shop with more than a dozen locations across the country. The ice cream created by Bauer is mixed with essential oils. She must be doing something right. She also has released cookbooks.

Robyn Sue Fisher took her Stanford MBA and apparently began thinking about ice cream. She now runs four ice cream shops in the San Francisco area. Her ice cream is made with liquid nitrogen.

These are just two examples of the partnership between ice cream and the entrepreneurial spirit. It’s also good for business. According to the Forbes article, current retail sales for ice cream are relatively “flat” at around ten billion dollars a year.

A family-run business here in Connecticut has been producing delicious, homemade ice cream for decades. Praline’s Ice Cream was first established 30 years ago, back in 1984. It was started by Donna and the late Joe Torre and began as one shop where the ice cream was made in the back room on a daily basis.

Today, there are several Praline’s locations in Connecticut. The ice cream is still made locally in Wallingford, Connecticut at a manufacturing distribution facility owned by Donna Torre. Donna knows that the customer remains number one and that philosophy is reflected at all Praline’s stores.

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A reminder: Fall is here and Praline’s has delicious flavors and ice cream pies filled with the taste of fall. If you are thinking about a delicious Thanksgiving dessert, try the Apple Crumb Ice Cream Pie or the Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie.

Let’s Talk Ice Cream…Scientifically Speaking

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Most of us don’t want to think much about ice cream. We just want to enjoy ice cream. Yet, science rests for no one and nothing, including ice cream.

Earlier this year, a new study was released from the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology in Spain. This study looked at the science of ice cream. Researchers discovered that graphs of changes in coldness, creaminess and texture can help manufacturers improve the quality of ice cream. No one should be against any improvements in ice cream.

Studying ice cream is not exactly a new thing. Over the last several years, ice cream manufacturers have been using a technique called “Temporal Dominance of Sensations” to monitor how consumers react to tasting a product. Researchers say part of accepting and enjoying ice cream is how it reacts to out palate and to the physical sensation of having it on our tongues.

Taking this a step further, researchers invited 85 people to take part in a taste test. All the participants were asked to describe how they felt when eating vanilla ice cream. Each participant used a screen to point out the dominant characteristic present during the eating experience. This includes reacting to creaminess, lack of smoothness, gumminess and other reactions to texture.

Ice cream makers can use this information to look at what happens when the basic ingredients of ice cream (cream, milk, sugar, thickening agents) are changed or tweaked. Those manufacturers are discovering that consumers can taste the difference. For instance, some manufacturers who mass-produce ice cream discovered how adding cream and thickening agents can alter creaminess and texture.

If you’ve had your fill of science for now, remember all ice cream at Praline’s has that rich, homemade taste that can’t be replicated in a lab. The freshest ingredients and pride in great ice cream is more than enough.

Those Seasonal Flavors

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It’s beginning to look a lot like…Halloween. Oh yeah, that other holiday is still a couple of months away. October is the month of pumpkins and goblins. And seems like pumpkin-flavored everything is everywhere.

This seems like a good time to remind people that ice cream is never out of season. To celebrate that fact, Praline’s loves to remind you about our delicious seasonal ice cream flavors.

Since it is pumpkin season, let’s start with Pumpkin ice cream. This ice cream will definitely crave your taste for all things flavored pumpkin. This pumpkin ice cream is made with the freshest ingredients.
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If you’re not picking pumpkins this month, perhaps you are picking apples. After apple picking, why not enjoy some terrific Apple Caramel Crumb ice cream? If you love fresh apples and warm apple pie, you are going to love this ice cream. Apple Caramel Crumb is cinnamon apple cream featuring swirls of caramel sauce and cinnamon. To the surprise of no one, this is a customer favorite.

Don’t forget, Praline’s also has pumpkin and apple caramel ice cream cakes. They are perfect for the fall and winter seasons.

It won’t be long until Halloween is in the rearview mirror and people start to think about the holiday season. This season certainly has its own unique flavors and ice cream can be right in the mix. Praline’s Peppermint Stick ice cream is not just peppermint-flavored. It features real peppermint sticks. You’ll feel jolly when you eat this ice cream.

Eggnog is another popular holiday season flavor. Praline’s features Eggnog Chip ice cream. Any eggnog lover can tell that eggnog is a drink best served cold. Sounds like a natural fit for an ice cream flavor. Oh, wondering about the chip part? This is eggnog-flavored ice cream with natural chocolate chips. Natural chocolate chips are the best chocolate chips.

From Baywatch to the Ice Cream Truck

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Remember the TV show Baywatch? Of course you do. Everybody does. The show starred David Hasselhoff and a variety of blond women as lifeguards (Hassellhoff also played a lifeguard despite not being blond or a woman).

Nicole Eggert was one of those blond TV lifeguards. But she’s not on fictional beach patrol anymore. She’s driving an ice cream truck. In real life.

This is not Eggert employing a method actor technique to research an upcoming role (we don’t think). This former Baywatch blond is serious about her ice cream.

Eggert took to Twitter a couple of weeks ago to share the news on her career change. She says she is now the proud owner of a mint-green ice cream truck. Eggert has apparently started an ice cream company called Scopes. On the website Eggert describes the company as a family business bringing a “unique and innovative twist to the ice cream man.” (It seems Eggert is the “ice cream man” in this scenario.

Eggert seems to be working hard at her new ice cream career. She is, in fact, driving the ice cream and serving ice cream. She also been making good use of social media, tweeting the location of her ice cream truck during the day. It’s quite possible this is one-woman act, at least for now.

She’s apparently serving up some variety. Among the frosty goodies in her ice cream truck are ice cream cakes and root beer floats. She’s staying true to the classic favorites as well, serving popsicles and simple scoops of ice cream.

We are left to wonder if it was easy to say goodbye to Hollywood and climb behind the wheel of an ice cream truck, but Eggert seems to have a passion for ice cream. We can relate to that passion and respect her dedication.