Ice Cream and Sweet Summer Memories
Some of my best memories revolve around ice cream. As a kid, I fondly recall summer visits to my grandparents in Memphis, Tennessee, where seemingly every evening my grandmother would dish up a generous serving of vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce. It was your basic chocolate sundae, but it tasted soooo good! In retrospect, perhaps it somehow tasted better because of who was serving it and where I was when I was eating it.
Then, of course, there was the Good Humor man who, when I was young, made regular rounds through our neighborhood during the summer. In the back of my head, I can still hear the tingling of the bells of the infamous white truck. At the first sound of those familiar bells, all the neighborhood kids made a mad dash for home to dig out money from their savings or plead for some spare change from their parents. Then it was back to the truck where a big decision awaited - — Dreamsicle or Fudgsicle, ice cream sandwich or maybe even a splurge on a chocolate eclair bar.
During my first two years of playing Little League baseball, I fondly recall having a coach who clearly understood how to motivate young boys. He operated on an old-school incentive system. When we won, he regularly treated the whole team at the local ice cream shop, Dipper Dan’s. If we lost, it was a quick “we’ll get ‘em next time” talk to the team and that
was it. I can’t say for sure there was a connection, but that team ended up winning a lot of ballgames.
Years later in high school, the ice cream shop of choice was Baskin-Robbins 31 Flavors, for a mint chocolate chip cone with a girl with whom I hoped to win favor.
More recently, as an adult, wanting to pass some positive ice cream memories on to my kids as well, our regular summer trips to southwestern Michigan were never complete without at least one — and often several — trips to Oink’s, the popular pig-themed ice cream establishment in New Buffalo.
While we still make trips to Oink’s whenever we are in that area, fortunately there are now all sorts of great ice cream shops much closer to home. I can’t say I have been to every one of the places highlighted in our article, “Much Ado About Ice Cream” on page 44, but I have been to many of them. And this summer — purely in the interest of better serving our readers, of course — I am selflessly planning on checking out as many of the others as I can.
We hope your favorite ice cream shop made our list and that perhaps you find a few new ones worth a visit as well. Because whenever ice cream is involved, good memories are sure to follow!
Have a great summer and, as always, thanks for being a reader!Edit Module