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.
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.
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.
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.
Lots of people like beer. Lots and lots and lots of people like ice cream. So is there any reason these two flavors shouldn’t be married in tasty matrimony?
Well, for one reason, it may seem a little unappealing to people. Just because two things are great does not mean they will taste great together.
However, some people do enjoy this taste combination. And, for those who do, beer-flavored ice cream can be found. Spots around the country are offering up beer-flavored ice cream. The types of beer vary. These concoctions are not coming from local craft breweries. Many small dairies around the country are experimenting with beer and ice cream. In fact, some artisan ice cream makers are coming together with local craft brewers to create new flavors and combinations.
The experimentation leads to creativity. There are ice creams out there being made with Belgian ale and apricot jam. Or how about a combination of vanilla and creamy milk stout. One brewer started with a cherry wood malt then added cashews, peanuts and Spanish peanuts along with rosemary, brown sugar and salt. This all went into an ice cream. Sound good? You’d have to taste it to truly judge. Some folks seem to like it. It’s a best seller at an ice cream shop in Ohio.
This beer-and-ice-cream thing has extended to across the pond. One European ice cream brand conducted some research and found that people are looking for less traditional ice cream flavors.
The mixture of alcohol and beer is not as common as the mixture of fruit and ice cream but it’s not unheard of, either. Praline’s feature flavors like Rum Raisin and White Russian. Rum Raisin is rum-flavored ice cream with rum-soaked cherries. White Russian features light coffee ice cream with vodka and coffee liquor.
We know that ice cream is a great dessert, perhaps the finest dessert in all the land. Maybe we even take ice cream for granted sometime. We know it will always be there for us, with many flavors to choose from, all roads leading to deliciousness.
Speaking of taking ice cream for granted, what you may not know is that ice cream delivers in ways we sometimes forget about. You see, ice cream can be used in a variety of different desserts.
Did you know ice cream can be baked? We know how it is used in Baked Alaska, but there are other ways to incorporate ice cream into delicious baked desserts.
For instance, try your hand at chocolate-peanut butter ice cream bread. You’ll need a couple cups of chocolate ice cream, some self-rising flour and about a cup of peanut butter baking chips. The construction of this cake is fairly simple. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with baking soda. Grab a large bowl and stir the ice cream until it is smooth. Stir in and blend the flour and add the peanut butter chips. Transfer to the pan and bake everything for about 45 minutes. After baking, let it cool on a wire rack for about ten minutes. After ten minutes, invert it on the cooling rack.
You can also try something called baked snowballs. This dessert features ice cream and merengue. You need about a dozen wafer cookies or about a half-dozen slices of your favorite cake. Take the cookies or cake and break them into several small slices to be used evenly among three-inch ramekins. Put the pieces at the bottom of each little dish. Then fill each ramekin with ice cream. Put the ramekins on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer. Next, pre-heat the oven to 500 degrees and beat three egg whites in a bowl. Add a quarter teaspoon of cream of tartar and continue beating. Add a quarter cup of sugar one tablespoon at a time. Then add half a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Remove the ramekins from the freezer and spread the meringue mixture on the top of each one. This will help insulate the ice cream. Bake the snowballs on the cookie sheet for about one to three minutes.
Of course, there is nothing wrong with just enjoying ice cream in its purest form. It’s nice to know ice cream has versatility.
It’s not officially fall and fall means pie season. There’s no official start or kickoff like there is with football but it’s hard to dispute that the fall is the time for pies to shine.
Pie goodness is everywhere, including the world of ice cream. If you love ice cream (and who doesn’t love ice cream) but also want to get into the spirit of pie season, consider a praline’s ice cream pie.
Praline’s understands that this is also pumpkin season (people apparently just want to eat pumpkin and pumpkin-flavored things once Labor Day is over). Praline’s gets into the ice cream, pie and pumpkin grove with one delicious dessert. This pumpkin ice cream pie features pumpkin ice cream, then drizzled with sea salted caramel. It is then trimmed with white topping for that authentic pumpkin pie look. This ice cream pie is a seasonal treat, which is a shame because you’ll to enjoy it all year round.
Praline’s ice cream pies do not begin and with pumpkin. There are many delicious Praline’s ice cream pies to choose from:
Consider the Black Bottom ice cream pie. This ice cream pie features a layer of chocolate and a layer of vanilla ice cream with a fudge center.
Coconut Cream pie is a delightful ice cream pie that combines all of what you would expect from a coconut cream pie. It’s Coconut Cream ice cream in a graham cracker shell, topped with toasted coconut.
Mint Chip pie features Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream in a chocolate pie shell. It has fudge in the center and is finished off with drizzled chocolate.
Mud Pie is an ice cream pie that starts with Coffee Oreo ice cream that lives in a chocolate pie shell. It’s topped with drizzled chocolate.
The Nightmare pie is an ice cream lover’s dream. We’re talking chocolate and peanut butter ice cream with chopped up peanut butter cops in a chocolate pie shell. It’s topped off with peanut butter d
Ice cream cones are delicious and crime doesn’t pay.
Those two things were proven to be true in Delaware earlier this summer. That’s where an alleged burglar is accused of breaking into an apartment complex and take some things that did not belong to him, things like a flat screen television and a cable box. Oh, and an ice cream cone.
That decision would result in deliciousness but also come back to haunt him.
Police say the suspect triggered an alarm breaking into an apartment. When police arrived on the scene, they spotted the suspect in a parking lot behind the apartment complex, getting into a car. The allegedly stolen electronic equipment is not what did the man in. Police say they were tipped off by a vanilla fudge ice cream cone.
Seems one of the victims of the break-in told police that an ice cream cone drumstick was among the item stolen from his apartment. Cops spotted a melting ice cream cone in the center console of the burglary suspect’s car.
Police say the suspect’s story wasn’t any stronger than the melting ice cream cone. Authorities say the man told them he got the ice cream cone at a nearby convenience store. That excuse melted away pretty quickly once police realized the empty ice cream box was left inside the robbery victim’s freezer.
The suspect’s night of stolen electronics and ice cream ended up with the suspect behind bars. He faces multiple burglary charges.
There are better ways to spend time enjoying ice cream, ways that won’t result in you facing multiple felony charges. It’s fall. The leaves are getting ready to turn. Head to your nearest Praline’s and indulge in a scoop or two of Apple Caramel Crumb, the ice cream that tastes like fall. It’s delicious and legal.
Ice cream is a treat, a dessert and an American institution.
But is it a weapon?
Apparently, one professional baseball player treated it as such. Jesus Montero of the Seattle Mariners is accused of taking out some of his frustrations by throwing an ice cream sandwich. At a person.
Montero is a major league baseball player but has been rehabbing an injury in the minor leagues. A couple weeks ago, Montero was doing some coaching at fire base during a game. Witnesses say that at the end of an inning, a Mariners scout told a less-than-briskly-walking Montero to move a little faster when getting off the field. The scout then apparently ordered an ice cream saved to be delivered to Montero in the dugout. Then things allegedly escalated rather quickly. Witnesses say Montero approached the scout in the stands with a bat, yelling profanities. Montero then allegedly threw the ice cream sandwich at the scout.
There’s a backstory here, one that might help explain why Montero did not appreciate the ice cream sandwich gesture. When Montero showed up for spring training this year, he was 40 pounds overweight. That sort of thing is frowned up in the world of professional athletics.
Still, the Seattle Mariners organization was not exactly thrilled by this apparent ice cream sandwich-throwing incident. Montero has been suspended for the reminder of the season. The club says this action was taken so that Montero can focus on his “off-field” issues. The scout involved was sent home and his future with the organization seems unclear.
It also seems wrong to waste an ice cream sandwich in an attempt to prove a point in a juvenile way. Also, as little kids are told all the time, we don’t throw things.
Let’s all try to remember the true purpose of ice cream.
Summer is over (at least unofficially). Of course, this has many people feeling bummed. Don’t be one of them.
There are still plenty of things to look forward to with fall on the horizon.
How about ice cream? Think ice cream is just a summer treat? Think again. Ice cream is a treat to be enjoyed all year round.
Praline’s loves serving up delicious seasonal flavors so that ice cream lovers can enjoys certain ice creams and flavors during certain times of the year.
One of the most popular seasonal flavors is just now returning to Praline’s locations. We are talking about Apple Caramel Crumb. Just the name itself sounds good. Those who’ve had the blessing of tasting this creamy, cold concoction already know of its deliciousness. It is one of the true favorites on the Praline’s ice cream menu. Folks often ask if it’s available and when it will be returning.
So why is Apple Caramel Crumb so darn delicious? It starts with quality. Praline’s ice cream has the fresh, homemade taste that cannot be replicated by anything you’ll find in a store freezer section. Apple Crumb Caramel is cinnamon apple ice cream swirled with caramel sauce and cinnamon crumbs.
Fall is a time for apple picking and apples pies. Apple Caramel Crumb is ice cream that just tastes like it should be dessert to a hearty fall meal, like a bowl of chili or homemade soup.
The fresh ingredients used in this ice cream are all about Praline’s commitment to quality. Praline’s knows that fresh is better. All of Praline’s ice cream is made from scratch, in-house, at the individual store locations. The freshness is in the taste, just like an apple picked off a tree. The best seasonal flavors like Apple Caramel Crumb give people one more reason to look forward to fall.
We don’t mean to disappoint you, but summer is almost over. Next week is Labor Day and that’s about it for summer fun.
The good news is, fall follows summer and fall can be pretty awesome. There’s football and apple picking and Halloween, hay rides and homecoming parades, apple picking and apple pies, turning leaves and foliage tours. There’s a lot of fun to be had during fall.
There’s also ice cream. There’s always ice cream.
Ice cream is America’s favorite summer sweet treat but there is still plenty to enjoy about ice cream once fall rolls around.
Praline’s takes great pride is developing delicious seasonal ice cream flavors. It’s another pleasant way to enjoy ice cream all year long.
Perhaps no fruit is associated with the season of fall more than the apple (yeah, you could make a case for the pumpkin, but we’re giving the slight edge to the apple). Praline’s delivers a true taste of fall with Apple Caramel Crumb, cinnamon apple ice cream with caramel sauce and cinnamon crumbs. Reminds us of the pies Aunt Bea used to make.
Speaking of pumpkin, fall is the season when you’ll see pumpkin-flavored everything. Praline’s is right there, serving up scoops of delicious pumpkin ice cream.
Back to pies. Fall is football season AND baking season. No one wants to eat ice cream that tastes like a football so let’s concentrate on the baking part. If you head to any farms or orchards this fall, you’ll probably come across homemade blueberry pies. Why not try some homemade blueberry ice cream. Praline’s has Blueberry Schnapps ice cream, blueberry schnapps liquor blended with fresh blueberries.
If baking brownies in the fall is your thing, try some Brownie Chip ice cream. This is chocolate ice cream with brownie pieces and chocolate chunks.