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2023 National Ice Cream Month: Global Flavors, Plant Based and Frozen Novelties

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Bringing you the scoop for National Ice Cream Month! July is the time of year where we celebrate our favorite frozen dessert indulgences.

Brands are listening to consumer requests by creating unique flavors, childhood classics and health conscious options. The selection of sweet treats offering global flavors, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, bars, sandwiches and other frozen novelties has grown extensively. Check out this list of the latest ice cream desserts to hit the market during National Ice Cream Month. What will you try first?

National Ice Cream Month

GoodPopGood pop ice cream

GoodPop, the better-for-you frozen treat brand that cleans up your favorite childhood classics and exists to do good in the world. … Read more

Ice Cream Month Cones

The Scoop on National Ice Cream Month

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July is National Ice Cream Month, otherwise known as the sweetest month of the year. This means 31 days of creamy goodness offered up in endless flavors of decadently, delicious ice cream.  

With the goal of doing the “hard research” for this article, I dug deep to get the scoop on the latest flavors and brands in the market. After much investigation, I have compiled a list of classic and unique ice creams for you to sample, brand stories to tell, and organizations to support. Oh, and I found a couple surprises to share with you too. 

National Ice Cream Month

 

Adirondack Creamery

Adirondack Ice Cream

When the CFO of a NYC corporation takes his business knowledge and combines it with his passion for ice cream, Adirondack Creamery is born.… Read more

blueberry crumb coffee cake

Blueberry Crumb Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel

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What’s your go-to dessert when guests come over or you want to bring something sweet to someone’s house? In the summertime, I am all about ways to incorporate fresh fruit. This Blueberry Crumb Coffee Cake recipe is such a welcome dessert to bring as it appeals to both adults and kids alike.

Blueberry Crumb Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel

Blueberry Crumb Coffee Cake Ingredients

Besides blueberries, this recipe calls for vanilla. If you are still baking with artificial vanilla, then you must read on. When it comes to baking and recipes that use just a small amount of ingredients, choose only the best quality as you can taste the difference!… Read more

22 Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Dad Who Has Everything

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Who’s the most difficult person to buy gifts for in your family? DAD! No question. With Father’s Day fast approaching, I went searching for creative gift ideas for the man who rarely gives us hints of what he wants. Whether he is The Chef in your family, The Bartender at every party, always On The Go, or just needs some Well Rested time, here are 22 Father’s Day gift ideas that will make Dad happy.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

The ChefThe Chef kitchen tools and food

When Dad loves to cook or grill, everyone benefits!

1. MEATER+ is the world’s first truly wireless leave-in meat thermometer.… Read more

where to eat in Lake Geneva

8 Food and Drink Places to Visit in Lake Geneva

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8 Food and Drink Places to Visit in Lake Geneva – Our girls trip to Lake Geneva, a bustling lake front resort town, included visiting a variety of dining options from Neapolitan pizza to steakhouse to Italian bistro to winery to cooking school to sweet treat shops.

What do we always talk about on vacation? Where to eat! And our girls trip to Lake Geneva was no exception. We were looking forward to the various culinary excursions we were going to have on our trip. While this, of course, included restaurants, we were also going to do some wine tasting at a local winery and get our chef’s hat on at the Lake Geneva School of Cooking. … Read more

The Ultimate Girls Trip to Lake Geneva

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The Ultimate Girls Trip to Lake Geneva – Celebrating friendship on a girls trip to this bustling resort town located right on the lake offering boat tours, innovative dining options, shopping, golf and so much more.

There is something so very special about having girlfriends. The ones who know your deepest secrets, support your hopes and dreams and make you laugh till you cry. When our crazy, busy lives get in the way of friendship, we know we have to make a plan to get everyone together and reconnect. Best way possible is a girls trip where our real lives are temporarily left behind and new memories are created.  … Read more

Experience The Peninsula Hotel’s Chocolate at the Pen

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For most people, there is nothing better in this world when it comes to sweet treats than chocolate. In any form. Rich, decadent chocolate made from only the finest cacao beans.So, it should be no surprise that the elegant Peninsula Hotel Chicago is offering an adventure in to the world of chocolate from the eyes of a world-class pastry chef. Chocolate at the Pen is a chocolate bar like no other. Executive Pastry Chef and Chocolate Sommelier, Dimitri Fayard, sets the stage for an evening of sweet indulgences that range from desserts to chocolate truffles to a hot chocolate station to homemade ice cream all presented to appeal to your eyes first.… Read more

9 Best Chicago Ice Cream, Custard and Gelato Shops

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To this day, whenever someone asks you to get ice cream, does the ice cream jingle automatically start playing in your head? You know, the one that goes: “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!” I had never put much thought into why I think about that jingle or when I started reciting it until my friend must have finally heard it enough to ask me why. It got me thinking… after a few good reminiscing minutes, I proposed this question to my friend:

When you were a kid and you heard that beloved ice cream truck song, what did you do?Read more

Best Dessert: Espresso Ice Cream

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Summertime, sunshine, warmth, ice cream. They just go together so naturally. Ice cream any time of year, no matter what your age, is just one of those happy desserts that you simply look forward to enjoying. Making it from scratch is an added bonus.

Having already purchased the ZoKu Slush Maker and shared my thoughts with you in a previous post (http://bit.ly/VRrutC), I was curious about their new Ice Cream Maker. If you read the interview I just did (http://bit.ly/1pO9z37), you know that I love two kinds of ice cream: Vanilla and Coffee. As I paged through the ZoKu cookbook, I found a simple espresso ice cream recipe that sounded delicious.… Read more

Summer Drinks: Zoku Slush & Ice Mold

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Summer is the time for icy cold beverages whether you are lounging at the pool, on your patio or in your home.  Leave it to the Zoku company to create inventive products that not only work but also help me to present my drinks in memorable ways. There are two products I am going to share with you today. Both can be used for adult’s or kid’s drinks. 

Remember slushes from when you were a kid? Usually they were made of sugary, colorful ingredients that just made you smile when you saw them. Well, Zoku has designed a way to make slushes of your own creation in your own home.… Read more