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Escape with French Vanilla

March 21st, 2015

Bonjour! C’est Colleen. Today I’m sharing how French Vanilla took me overseas to the City of Light!  

Looking to add some “ooh la la” to my ordinary day, I pull out the French Vanilla.  The second I open the pint, I escape…

The bustling Parisian street is paved in style and sophistication. As I weave my way across Paris, I gaze in awe at the architectural masterpieces that line the city. People I pass appear mysterious and I attempt to imitate their elegance.

I’ve had vanilla ice cream many times before but French Vanilla seems more chic.

I stroll along the banks of the Seine until I spot the Eiffel Tower. Growing up, I’ve seen many pictures of it so I thought I knew what to expect.  But now, as I stand underneath the massive structure and look up at its magnificent beauty and intricate construction, I am speechless.  

My spoon easily glides across the cream colored scoop.

When the sun goes down the Eiffel Tower is illuminated in billions of lights. It radiates a bright champagne hue against the dark sky, acting as a beacon in the night. At this hour the city transforms and remains lively into early signs of morning. This magical experience isn’t over yet!

I say “Au revoir!” to my ice cream as I finish the last bite. Until next time!

French Vanilla

Escape with German Chocolate Cake

March 20th, 2015

When I tried our new flavor, German Chocolate Cake, it took me on a flavorful journey! Where does it take you?

I eagerly try my first mouthful of German Chocolate Cake. When my spoon slices into the first layer of chocolate cake ice cream, I start to escape…  

I’m making my mom’s favorite dessert for her birthday, German Chocolate Cake. My mom had it often as a kid so now it’s her comfort dessert.  

As the batter bakes, the rich scent of chocolate cake pours out of the oven and fills up the kitchen.

Next, I deliberately scoop into the sweet caramel swirl.

In a pan on the stove, I mix together the ingredients for the topping. My arm gets tired as I continuously stir the caramel sauce until it starts to thicken.   

I crunch away on a satisfying mixture of coconut shreds and pecan pieces.

I add a couple cups of coconut flakes and toasted pecans to the caramel. Once the frosting cools, I generously cover one of the round cakes with it. I then place another layer of cake and pour the rest of the pecan filling on top.

I set the thick, decadent cake aside and eagerly wait to surprise my mom.

My taste buds graciously say “danke” and ask for “mehr!” so I head back to the freezer for a second helping.

- Colleen

 

German Chocolate Cake

Escape with Queen of Hearts

March 19th, 2015

Colleen again. Boy, was it an exciting experience when I tried Queen of Hearts for the first time!  

Feeling lucky, I spoon some Queen of Hearts into a bowl. With the first bite of dark chocolate ice cream, I escape…

The casino’s flashing lights and sounds can’t distract me from my game of five card stud. It’s down to me and one other player in the tournament. Excited about my beginners luck, I am dealt the King of Hearts face down and the Ace of Hearts face up. The betting begins. The next card dealt to me is the Jack of Hearts. My anticipation grows along with the betting.

I carefully scrape up the raspberry swirl that is tightly hugging the ice cream.

Another card is laid in front of me. The first thing to grab my attention is the raspberry colored hearts covering the card. Ten hearts to be exact. More chips get pushed into the center as my opponent feels equally optimistic. My hands start to sweat. I wrap my arms around my body, hugging myself in an attempt to keep my composure. I hold my breath and wait for my final card.

I bite into a chocolate heart and rich fudge bursts out.

In slow motion, the Queen of Hearts is placed in front of me. I’m bursting with excitement on the inside but I try to appear relaxed on the outside. After my opponent bets, I push all of my chips into the center of the table. I ecstatically show my cards, revealing my royal flush. Cheers erupt and it hits me that I won my first tournament.

When my boyfriend frowns because he lost at Scat, I realize my bowl is empty. I can easily turn this luck around with another scoop…

Queen of Hearts

Escape with Movie Time

March 18th, 2015

It’s Colleen and this time I’m going to tell you about the adventure I went on when I tried Movie Time!

It’s a Friday night so I help myself to some Movie Time. With bowl in hand, I snuggle up on the couch. When my spoon touches the popcorn flavored ice cream, I begin to escape…

The lights go down and a rush of excitement rises up within me. The last few whispers in the theater fade away and the opening music rolls in. I clench the paper bag in my left hand and reach for a handful of buttery, salty popcorn. I toss the airy treat into my mouth; a little burst of butter squeezes out with each bite. This is what I’ve been dreaming about ever since we walked through the lobby and heard the popping sound of the kernels breaking open.

I spot a caramel truffle and scoop it out, making sure to also grab some of the salty caramel swirl.

From one craving to the next, I reach into my cup holder and pull out the small, rectangular box. I shake it once to loosen the pieces that have clumped together. A slight tilt of my hand sends a few caramel truffles tumbling out of the cardboard and into my palm. Without hesitation, they are thrown into my mouth. The two snacks form a wonderfully sweet-and-salty combination for my taste buds.

For a brief second I wonder if my crunching is disturbing the movie goers around me, but then the thought flutters away as quickly as it came.

The blend of ice cream, popcorn and candy satisfies all of my cravings at once.

I dive right into the world splashed across the screen in front of me and for the next two hours, I’m transfixed on the characters’ lives as if they are my own.

After what feels like no time at all, the lights slowly rise up, making my eyes scramble to adjust. People around me begin to stand and stretch. In that instant I am brought back to reality; it’s time to move on to life’s next distraction.

When I dig my spoon back into my bowl, it comes back empty. I have a whole marathon ahead of me so I pause the movie and go back for more!

 

Movie Time