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.


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.


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.

Beer & Ice Cream

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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.

Ice Cream & Desserts

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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.

Ice Cream & Pie Season

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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