Yes. Yes there is. It’s called garlic ice cream and my creatively curious sister-in-law made it for a family gathering a decade or so ago. Some liked it. Some were neutral. For me, the smell and taste still lingers. But, she gets points for originality.
If you side with the majority of ice cream enthusiasts, vanilla is your flavor of choice. According to the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), in a 2019 report on ice cream sales and trends in the U.S., America’s favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla, followed by chocolate, cookies n’ cream, mint chocolate chip, chocolate chip cookie dough, buttered pecan, cookie dough, strawberry, and Moose Tracks (a branded flavor comprising vanilla ice cream with peanut butter cups and fudge.)
Mint chocolate chip is another flavor I can’t wrap my taste buds around. My sister’s favorite, I endured its toothpaste-like taste every Fourth of July when we celebrated her birthday. “Give me chocolate or give me death!” was my response in honor of Patrick Henry’s declaration to the Second Virginia Convention in 1775.
July is National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday in July is National Ice Cream Day — July 19 this year — so in this issue, beginning on Page 12, we offer our readers the “scoop” on where to look for ice cream in Kansas. This list is not comprehensive but rather a sampling of what’s available across the state. If you have a favorite mom and pop ice cream shop that is not mentioned, let us know. We may highlight them on our social media channels or in future articles.
Have a hankering to churn your own ice cream this summer? Try one of the recipes we’ve included on Pages 13 and 21. Or share your favorite homemade ice cream recipe with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If we reprint it or share it on Facebook/KansasCountryLiving, you’ll received a Kansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. thermal reusable shopping bag with a zipper top. Perfect for transporting frozen goods — including ice cream — from the grocery store.
Until August, stay cool and churn on.