Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Why Not Ice Cream?

After Mother Nature deposited 6 inches of snow in Nashua, NH on April Fools Day, what better thing to do the day after, then enjoy ice cream.

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.

There's always a lineup on warm summer evenings and weekends.  But, we didn't expect to see similar crowds the day after a storm.

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?


Kathy said...

My grandmother loved Fred Waring's music. She had several 78 records of his. I love ice cream but since I am severely lactose intolerant it doesn't like me. Sometimes with a lot of medicine I can get away with it but sometimes even with the medicine I can't. Oh how I miss it. My favorite is vanilla peanut butter cup.

Sandra said...

ice cream is one of my trigger foods, I can't eat one cone or one bowl. I see no reason ice cream can not be ayear round, not matter the weather. looks wonderful

Emma Springfield said...

No wonder Fred Waring invented the blender... he wanted to make smoothies.

Lynn said...

I adore ice cream! Especially in cold weather. My favorite is a Heath Bar Blizzard from Dairy Queen.

Connie said...

I'm surprised there was a line this early in the season. Those varieties of ice cream all sound good to me!

Red said...

Ice cream sounds great. I like it. This must be a very popular place with the big line up.

William Kendall said...

Oh, I love ice cream. About the only flavour I've never really gone for is tiger tail.

Anonymous said...

I love ice cream, too, especially Neapolitan.

Anvilcloud said...

I guess I didn't know that was a song. At least I can't remember knowing.

I am reminded of living in Sarnia and going across to Port Huron, MI, to London Dairy. I would order Idiot's Delight, and I was delighted, indeed. This was in the 70s and maybe early 80s. Border crossing became more problematic after that, but they're pretty well just wave us through back then.

Mildred said...

Always nice to treat yourself to an ice cream!

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