My friends introduced me to the wonders of Ben & Jerry’s in high school. It’s a sundae in a container! A typical Friday night before we had licenses was walking to the nearest 7-11 and each of us pick out a flavor before heading over to Blockbuster to rent that night’s movie. Needless to say it took longer for 6 girls to agree on a 90s teen flick than each of us pick out a B&J pint. Of course the thought of putting away a half-eaten container was just silly. Thank goodness for hours of cheerleading in high school to combat those calories!
In college, I was introduced to a new world of ice cream. Penn State is famous for its creamery. Not only did my friends Ben & Jerry learn to make ice cream at Penn State, but Mr Rodgers even came and did a segment about making ice cream. Yes, it’s been featured on Food Network too, but seriously, Mr Rodgers was way more exciting. Penn State creamery ice cream is unlike anything you’ve ever had, mainly because it’s made from milk, cream, and sugar. The way ice cream is supposed to be made. The rumor at school was that the ice cream can only be sold on campus because “the FDA won’t approve the fat content”. Truth is, the creamery wants to maintain the integrity of their ice cream by not adding preservatives for longer shelf life. Now whenever I go back for a visit, Mr E and I get a few containers packed in ice for the 4+ hour car ride home. Seriously, if you ever get a chance to be at the greatest university in the world, don’t miss out on their ice cream.
Mandy & Mr E Top Ice Cream Spots at the Jersey Shore:
- Hoffmans (Point Pleasant, Spring Lake, Little Silver, and Long Branch) – the OG homemade ice cream shop. Their Fudge Mint Cookie is award-winning!
- Cookman Creamery (Asbury Park) – a relative newcomer to the Jersey Shore ice cream scene, their unique flavors and large vegan selection make it a hit among hipsters, yogis, and Mr E and myself. Thunder Road is a fave in our house.
- Beach Plum (Bradley Beach) – great local ice cream shack making the classics and doing them well. Pralines & Cream is my go-to.
- Ryan’s Ice Cream (Shrewsbury) – my mom continues to drive 30 minutes each way with coolers full of ice packs to get containers of their Black Raspberry Chocolate Bombe
Check out these Nice Cream recipes created by fellow dietitians, and tell me what you think:
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