And lots of other folks had the same idea too. Our treats came from a popular local place, Hayward's Ice Cream that reportedly produces more than 300 gallons of ice cream daily. This family-owned creamery is one of the oldest homemade ice cream operations in NH. Hayward’s serves over 50 different flavors prepared on-site.
The sun was out, snow was melting and in near 50 degree weather, ice cream was a great way to celebrate what's hopefully the last of snow here until much (much) later this year.
We were on our way home after visiting a friend in a rehab center and since Hayward's was (sort of) on the way back. Our favorites include mocha chip, peanut butter anything, maple walnut, and mint chocolate chip. According to Hayward's, among the most popular ice cream flavors are Oreo, cookie dough and chocolate peanut butter cup. And, if none of these are your favorites, they have nearly 4 dozen flavors to choose from, also frozen yogurt, soft serve, sherbet, sorbet and sugar free
We didn't scream for ice cream, but instead waited our turn in line. A previous post several years ago mentioned a 1920 popular comic song "Ice Cream" or "I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream."
This novelty song (words and music by Howard Johnson, Billy Moll, and Robert King) had some popular success before the tune became a traditional jazz standard. The lyrics refrain "I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream" has remained a part of popular culture even without the rest of the song.
Novelty tunes often were set in "exotic" locations. The verses of "Ice Cream" mention a fictional college in "the land of ice and snow, up among the Eskimo", the college cheer being the chorus of the song "I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream".
Recordings of the song include this 1925 Victor recording by Waring's Pennsylvanians, a band and choral group formed at Pennsylvania State University by brothers Fred and Tom Waring to play at colleges, fraternity parties, proms and later theaters. The group, popular in the 1920s and 1930s, continued until bandleader Fred Waring's death in 1984.
Here's "I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream." (You may not want to listen to the entire song.)
This was our first ice cream stand visit this year, admittedly it won't be out last.
Do you scream for ice cream too?