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.
It seems like every day someone is trying out a new flavor of ice cream. Creators of ice cream are also trying out new and inventive things.
That doesn’t mean all of these culinary ideas will work. Some of these crazy concoctions sound…a little crazy.
Like blue cheese ice cream. Yup, that’s a thing.
Some ice cream shops are serving up ice cream that contain actual chunks of blue cheese. In fact, one ice cream spot in the UK is offering blue cheese and cream cracker ice cream. They also offer pint of ale and pack of Twigglets ice cream (must be a British thing).
This sounds like you would need to REALLY like blue cheese to enjoy this ice cream, but we try and keep an open mind when it comes to frosty culinary creations.
Cheese as a dessert item is not completely unheard of. Apparently the French are known to eat cheese for dessert from time to time. Surely, the blue cheese will bring a salty-and-sweet flavor combination to the ice cream, similar to salty caramel ice cream. And salty caramel ice cream is gooooooodd.
Search the internet and, sure enough, you’ll find plenty of recipes for blue cheese ice cream. Judging from the search results, many people that are liking and making blue cheese ice cream and pairing it with…pears.
One such recipe is for poached pear galette with blue cheese ice cream. Apparently, galette is a crusty-type substance that is edible.
It also seems like blue cheese ice cream is not too difficult to make, if you go down that route. You can use your standard garden-variety supermarket blue cheese along with standard ice cream ingredients like cream and sugar.
If this isn’t your thing, don’t despair. There are plenty of different ice cream flavors to sample.
Ice cream is all about flavor. It also comes in different colors, almost all of which are based on flavors. In fact, many of us can spot our favorite ice cream flavor just by seeing the color.
Yet what would you do if the ice cream changed colors?
One Spanish scientist has created color-changing ice cream. The physician and electrical engineer calls his ice cream Xamaleon.
The ice cream starts out as blue, an unusual color for ice cream. It is then sprayed with something the scientist calls a “love elixir”. This mystery substance will help the ice cream change color. After the ice cream is sprayed, it turns a deep purple. This takes about ten to fifteen seconds. The ice cream further changes color as it is licked.
The flavor of the color-changing ice cream is referred to as Tutti Frutti. It’s made with several natural ingredients including strawberries, almonds, cocoa, banana, pistachio, vanilla, caramel and unnamed “exotic fruits”.
So how does this colorful concoction actually change colors? Well, there we’re in kind of a gray area. The inventor is keeping tight-lipped about the food science behind his ice cream invention. He also has a patent pending.
This might not be the end of the multi-colored ice cream road. One Spanish newspaper reports the inventor is working on new flavors, including one that changes from white to pink and another that changes color under the ultraviolet lights found in nightclubs. Sound appetizing?
It will be tough to get a lick of this ice cream. Currently, it is only being sold at the inventor’s shop in Blanes, Spain.
There’s always a way to get delicious ice cream, even if it doesn’t change colors during licking. Head down to Praline’s and get a couple of scoops of your favorite flavor. Or color.
Ice cream comes in many forms. There are ice cream cones. Ice cream in a dish. Ice cream sundaes. Ice cream cakes and ice cream pies. Ice cream in milkshakes and ice cream in root beer floats.
But printed ice cream?
Yup. Kind of.
It’s 3D printed ice cream. Three students at MIT have created a 3D printing machine…for ice cream. Apparently the three hacked a 3D printer and hooked it up to an ice cream maker to create a device that can deliver soft-serve ice cream in 3D shapes. The three students say they designed the 3D ice cream printer to get kids excited about technology. They insist this was a way to get kids to ask questions about science and technology. It’s likely to get kids just as excited about ice cream that comes in a variety of shapes. This experiment also seems like it was a fun way to make some ice cream.
3D printing is the process of making three-dimensional objects from a digital file. It starts by making a virtual design of the desired object. It’s made in a computer file using a 3D modeling program.
Imaging trying to do this with ice cream. The MIT students had to “print” the ice cream in a cooled environment so that the ice cream would hold its shape once it was printed. They used a small freezer that was large enough to hold the printer and the finished 3D ice cream shape.
The students also used liquid nitrogen to hold the ice cream in place once it shot out of the 3D printer nozzle and into the desired. A lot of work for some cool-looking ice cream.
If you like your ice cream served up in more traditional fashion, stop by Praline’s. Summer is a great time to reintroduce yourself to great flavors like Beez Neez and Cookie Kaboom. No science lessons required.
It’s summer (July to be exact) and that means we are in the prime of ice cream season. Ice cream goes down great any time of the year, but summer is the time when people make a point to grab a frosty treat.
Why do you think Ronald Reagan chose July as the month to designate “National Ice Cream Month”? Say what you will, the nation’s 40th president had impeccable timing. July is a perfect month to celebrate ice cream…with ice cream. A double scoop of Beez Neez should be as much a summer tradition as fireworks and cookouts on the Fourth of July.
But are we eating less ice cream?
I know what you are thinking: “That sounds like crazy talk.” According to a recent report, people in the U.S. spent $13.7 billion on ice cream last year and figure doesn’t include restaurant sales.
However, the same article points to a downward trend in the ice cream world. Reportedly, the average American eats ice cream about 28.5 times this year. That’s down 45% from 25 years ago. In 1989, the average American devoured ice cream 41.3 times.
There are reasons given for this drop-off. Healthier eating, healthier lifestyles and a great abundance of things like frozen yogurt. People want less fat and less sugar. Yet, frozen yogurt sales have flattened over the last several years as well.
We all know that ice cream is a dessert best enjoyed in moderation. And there are more consumer choices for people nowadays. That’s a good thing. Plus, we recognize ice cream for the special treat that it is. And those times enjoying ice cream are more likely to help us create new memories and remember times past of warm summer nights and cold, delicious ice cream. Ice cream is here to stay and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
This past Sunday was National Ice Cream Day. What’s that, you say? You are not familiar with National Ice Cream Day? That’s too bad because you missed out on some sweet deals.
First, let’s refresh the history of National Ice Cream Day. President Ronald Reagan did more than fire air traffic controllers and inspire the term “Reaganomics”. The man also clearly loved his ice cream. Back in 1984, President Reagan declared the third Sunday of every July to be designated National Ice Cream Day. The president also took it one step further. He names the entire month of July national ice cream month.
So, did you catch any great ice cream deals on July 20th? If not here’s some of what you missed:
• Carvel celebrated National Ice Cream Day with 80-cent soft serve cups and cones.
• Ben & Jerry’s sent an ice cream truck around the country, looking for ice cream enthusiasts. On National Ice Cream Day, that truck was delivering free scoops of ice cream.
• Some grocery store chains figured National Ice Cream Day was the perfect day to serve up free samples of new flavors.
• Dairy Queen ran a two-for-the-price of one special for Blizzard ice cream treats.
• Folks who joined Sonic’s Ice Cream Social club were set to receive free ice cream.
If you missed one of these ice cream specials, fear not. Remember, this is also National Ice Cream Month. There are still great deals to be had and sweet ways to celebrate.
Here’s a reminder: Scooper Sunday will be taking place this Sunday on July 27th, before the New Britain Rock Cats baseball game in New Britain. Praline’s will be among the ice cream makers participating in an all you can eat ice cream taste testing. Praline’s will once again be featuring its signature flavor, Beez Neez, winner of the taste-testing contest two years aware.
Summer means a lot of things to a lot of people but it’s hard to find many people who disagree with the idea that baseball and ice cream are summer staples.
That’s just one reason Praline’s is proud to be a part of Scooper Sunday at the New Britain Rock Cats minor league baseball game Sunday July 27th. Praline’s is one of several local ice cream makers to take part in the tasting event. And make no mistake, ice cream tasting is the name of this game. Scooper Sunday allows people to pay a fixed prices and sample of the different ice creams on hand. Ice cream tasters are asked to vote for their favorite flavor.
When it comes to this ice cream taste testing contest, Praline’s is looking for a third-straight win. For the past two years, Praline’s Beez Neez has finished tops in the test-testing. And tasters can taste all they want. This is an “all you can eat” event, or until the ice cream runs out. All it will cost you is 10$ for a ticket to Scooper Sunday and a general admission seat top to Rock Cats game that Sunday afternoon. Reserved seat tickets will cost $15.
Scooper Sunday is more than just a great day of ice cream and baseball. It’s a way to give back to a good cause. The event benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. It’s a great chance to try incredible ice cream with true local flavors, then enjoy baseball and (if you somehow have room) a hot dog as the Rock Cats take on the Portland Sea Dogs, the double-A affiliate of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox. Come for the ice cream, stay for the ballgame. Don’t wait. Tickets to this event are going fast. And don’t forget to try the Beez Neez.
If you love ice cream (and we all love ice cream), then you are really going to love July.
You see, July is National Ice Cream Month. And this year is the 30th anniversary of July being National Ice Cream Month.
You might remember Ronald Reagan as a man who talked tough to the Soviets and enjoyed a good jellybean. But our nation’s 40th president also had a patriotic appreciation of ice cream. That’s why, in 1984, President Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month. The President recognized ice cream as a favorite American treat and called it a fun and nutritious food that was enjoyed by about 90 percent of the nation’s population.
It doesn’t stop with National Ice Cream Month. The third Sunday of the month is designated as National Ice Cream Day. This gives you a few weeks’ notice to plan and celebrate a day to enjoy ice cream. You can head down to Praline’s and try delicious flavors like Peanut Butter Chip Swirl. That’s vanilla ice cream with chocolate chunks and a peanut butter ripple. Or Praline’s famous Beez Neez ice cream. For those unaware, this is true ice cream deliciousness. It’s graham-flavored ice cream with a graham cracker ripple and chocolate-covered honeycomb candy.
It’s all part of ice cream tradition. Part of President Reagan’s proclamation of National Ice Cream Month and National Ice Cream Day was that people across America would enjoy ice cream and would enjoy these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities”.
This year, National Ice Day will be Sunday, July 20th. There are plenty of delicious ways to celebrate. Break out the ice cream machine and try a new homemade recipe. Or head down to Praline’s for a few scoops of Connecticut’s favorite homemade ice cream. We’ll handle the cleanup. President Reagan would be proud.
If you haven’t been to Praline’s yet this summer, you’ve denied yourself the chance to try Praline’s delicious salty caramel ice cream. This flavor combination is a summertime “cannonball into the pool” burst of flavor. There’s sweetness, then saltiness, then sweetness, then more saltiness.
We love it so much.
But what are its origins? And how did it end up in our ice cream (among other places)?
Like many of our past excursions into sweet treat history, this one has some mystery. Caramel and caramel candies have been with us for centuries, but their exact origins are a bit murky.
Some say the Arabs first discovered caramel around 1000 A.D. This was a crunchy type of caramel, created by crystallizing sugar in boiling water. So when did caramel arrive in our fair land? It’s believed that American settlers were making hard candies in kettles. This was around 1650.
So how did it become soft? There is a working theory that milk and fat was added to the recipe at some point, resulting in a chewy treat. It’s also believed that sugar beet juice may have been used to produce caramel, as regular sugar was considered an expensive luxury back in the day.
Today, caramels can have different textures. “Short” caramels tend to have a softer texture. “Long” caramels are chewier. It’s our opinion that both textures are delicious.
Caramel becomes caramel when milk solids are heated with sugar ingredients. Sugar syrups are then added to the milk and the fat and allowed to caramelize. Most mass-produced caramels are flavored with vanilla as well.
Caramel sauce has long been a favorite topping for ice cream sundaes, right up there with hot fudge and strawberry.
Is it any wonder caramel has been so popular and remains a favorite sweet treat? It’s all about simple ingredients combined in just the right way. The results are delicious.