Ice Cream and a Milk Shortage

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There’s a milk shortage in Venezuela, and it’s affecting ice cream. In fact, in some cases, there is no ice cream to be had. But is it really because of an ice cream shortage?

Here’s the story:

One famous ice cream shop in Merida, Venezuela is closed right now. The folks who run the shop say it’s because of a lack of milk. However, the Venezuelan tourism ministry denies that a lack of milk is the reason the shop is closed. In fact, the ministry says there is no shortage of an ingredients and that other ice cream shops are still open.

Apparently, it’s not just about the milk. The country is experiencing shortages of such staples like corn and powered milk. It’s important to note that Venezuela is a country that is very dependent on exports.

So, what’s the real story? Is the country facing a milk shortage? According to the latest official figures released by Venezuela’s central bank, the scarcity index was at 29.4% in March 2014.

So what does that mean? The numbers suggest that out of 100 goods, 29 goods were not always available everywhere at certain times. This doesn’t mean there was no food. It just means there were times when folks in Venezuela had to look far and wide to find certain foods they wanted or needed.

Was milk one of these foods? And did this impact ice cream? It seems unclear.

We need to remember how fortunate we are to live where we live and have access to some many foods and food assistance if need.

Enjoy an occasional ice cream treat at your favorite ice cream spot and remember to appreciate what’s important in life.

Does Ice Cream Really Cool Us Down?

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It’s winter and it’s really cold outside. Let’s think some warm thoughts. Or cool thoughts.

Let’s explain. We often enjoy our ice cream in the summer months and talk about how it “cools us down”.

Believe it or not, the cooling effect of ice cream is tied to how our body temperature works. That’s the subject of a recent article that takes a look at the relationship between ice cream and body temperature.

The process of maintaining an optimal body temperature is called thermoregulation. It turns out human beings can control individual body temperature independent of the environment. This means our bodies generate our own heat. This certainly helps in the cold weather months. However, during the times of hot weather, our bodies need to avoid overheating.

Here’s where it gets a little confusing. When it gets warm out, our natural inclination is to ingest something cold. Hence, the ice cream. There is that initial cooling when we take that first taste of ice cream, our bodies then starts to work on digesting the ice cream. This process actually generates heat within our bodies. It may not actually be enough to make us feel hot.

There are nutrients in ice cream that the body must break down. Ice cream also tends to be pretty heavy with the calories and calorie-laden food requires more work from the body to break down.

Does this mean we should not eat ice cream in the summer? Ha! That’s just crazy talk. Look, there is still a re-hydration effect with ice cream so there is some immediate cooling gratification. So let’s go ahead and enjoy our favorite flavors of ice cream in the summer. Actually, let’s enjoy our ice cream all year round. Praline’s delivers the best homemade ice cream taste around. It’s always cool to enjoy Praline’s.

Homemade Ice Cream Cones

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We have all heard about homemade ice cream. Heck, many of us have our favorite homemade ice cream recipes.

But what about homemade ice cream cones?

Sounds pretty good.

Think it’s hard to make homemade ice cream cones? Well, it’s all a matter of perspective. It’s not as difficult as space travel or fixing the national deficit but it’s definitely harder than just opening up that box of pre-packed ice cream cones you grabbed during that stop at the grocery store when you were only supposed to be getting milk and nothing more.

Whew. Anyway, back to ice cream cones. If you like ice cream and adventure, why not try making homemade ice cream cones? You can find many ice cream cone recipes online, many of which are not too complicated or requiring a ton of ingredients.

In fact, if you make an impressive enough ice cream cone, you may be able to convert an “ice cream cup” person to a full-fledged “ice cream cone” person.

A warm waffle cone with a scoop of vanilla ice cream is a delicious ice cream treat.

Some ice cream cones can be made at home using simple ingredients like white bread. Here’s the simple, abridged version of such an ice cream cone recipe:

Start by cutting off the crusts of the white bread. You can use a pasta roller to produce super-thin sheets of white bread cone base. Brush each slice with melted butter and a touch of sugar. Break out the parchment paper and lay it on top of a baking sheet. Place the sheets of bread down on top of the parchment paper, then back at 325 degrees for about five-six minutes.

As soon as the bread is removed from the oven, wrap each piece around a cone roller for about 30 seconds or until it take shape.

Avoiding Salmonella in Ice Cream

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We know how important proper food preparation is if one is to avoid salmonella.

We may not know that salmonella can be found in some types of ice cream, especially ice cream made in homes. Salmonella can be found in raw eggs and there are plenty of homemade ice cream recipes that call for egg yolks.

There are ways to safeguard against salmonella when using an ice cream recipe that calls for raw egg yolks. Instead of using raw egg yolks, substitute the yolks with a pasteurized egg product, egg substitute or pasteurized shell eggs.

The reasons why many homemade ice cream recipes call for eggs are simple. Eggs add flavor and color. They also prevent ice crystallization and help deliver a smoother ice cream texture.

Preparation can also help prevent salmonella poisoning. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends starting with a cooked egg base for homemade ice cream recipes.

A cooked egg base is basically a custard base. Typically an egg base is prepared by combining eggs and milk and cooking the mixture to an internal temperature of 160 degrees, making sure to constantly stir the mixture. The cooking process should kill any salmonella bacteria. After cooking the mixture, chill the mixture before adding the other ingredients of the ice cream recipe.

There’s nothing with making ice cream at home. Of course, if you want to treat yourself to an ice cream treat, without the cleanup, heading to the nearest Praline’s. There’s still time to enjoy wintry treats like Peppermint Stick ice cream.

Mincemeat Ice Cream?

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The holidays are a festive time of year, a time for celebration, appreciation and reflection.

It’s also a time to share good food with family and friends. Everyone has their favorite holiday dishes. That goes for dessert too. Some folks create special treats just for those special holiday dinners. Things like mincemeat ice cream.

Wait, mincemeat ice cream?

Yup, seems like that’s a thing. Do a little search engine research and you’ll find a few recipes for mincemeat ice cream. If that’s your thing, give it a whirl and dig in.

Of course, there are different recipes for mincemeat. Many traditional mincemeat recipes call for actual meat to be involved. In fact, the recipes that stay true to original mincemeat will call for beef suet, which is kind of a raw beef feet. It’s often the hard fat around the kidneys.

Many modern mincemeat recipes skip the raw beef fat and focus on the other ingredients of mincemeat, things like raisins, diced apples, lemon zest and juice, cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg and cloves. Oh, and throw some chopped nuts in there as well.

Of course, maybe mincemeat ice cream is not your thing. That’s okay. Praline’s is here to remind you about lots of other great ice cream treats that are perfect for the holidays.
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Take the Praline’s Ice Cream Yule Log. This is Praline’s delicious black raspberry ice cream combined with a chocolate cake roll. It’s finished off with chocolate cake crumbs and chocolate drizzle. Order one today. It’s the perfect dessert and a great gift as well.

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.