"Illinois wants more girls. Open some free ice cream booths and you'll fetch 'em" -Burlington Free Press 1884
Marshal Wyatt Earp was an ice cream devotee and every afternoon he headed for the Tombstone ice cream parlor on Fourth Street. It’s not hard to imagine that he was on his way to enjoy his favorite sundae when he got sidetracked by the shootout at O.K. Corral. He didn’t drink, but he sure did love his ice cream. He wasn’t alone.
"That was the best ice-cream soda I ever tasted." (Last words). -Lou Costello
Ice Cream parlors were popular throughout the west and some frontier towns had more than one. Many restaurants, hotels and inns advertised Ice Cream and Oysters. Fortunately, the two weren’t served together; ice cream was the summer treat and oysters was a winter delicacy.
Nothing Says Love Like Ice Cream
Many a young man courted his lady love at an ice cream parlor. A Texas newspaper in the 1880s had this advice: “Love takes away the appetite. If the woman of your dreams is on her third dish of ice cream, she’s not in love with you.”
The same newspaper also announced the wedding of couple who knew each other only fifteen minutes before tying the knot. But a successful marriage was assured as both had a passion for ice cream.
Then as now, the most popular flavor was vanilla. Ice cream was flavored by fruit and even chocolate, but there were some strange flavors too (Avocado ice cream, anyone?)
Toward the end of 1880s, newspapers began issuing warnings against overindulging in that “insidious foe of health” ice cream, but as far as I could tell no one paid heed and no such warning seemed to exist for oysters.
So Where Did All That Ice Come From?Before the train, ice was wrapped in sawdust and transported by wagons. By the late 1880s, Tombstone had two ice companies; the Arctic Ice (two cents a pound) and the Tombstone Ice company (one and half cents per pound).
“Ice-cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn’t illegal.”-Voltaire
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Right now our local ice cream shop has a Butter Brickle Crunch that I can't find anywhere else. Rich and creamy, with lots of crunchy brickle and a subtle maple flavor. My husband got me hooked on it this year. Thanks for the post!ReplyDelete
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Hi Connie, according to Dreyer's, people who love this ice cream are devoted, conscientious, and respectful.Delete
Loved this post. I love Chocolate mint.If I go out for ice cream I get a Brownnie sundae or a Turtle sundae. And if they offer chocolate mint as a flavor to add-you betcha.ReplyDelete
According to a Dreyer's study, chocolate mint lovers are ambitious, confident and (oh, oh) argumentative. But, of course, only a husband would agree with the latter.ReplyDelete
This is a wonderful post. I love Vanilla Bean. I think because I can put so much yummy fresh fruit on top. Or when I make it myself, I can include fresh fruit into it.ReplyDelete
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Lori, according to the ice cream experts, you are a risk-taker. You're also good-humored and independent.Delete
Fun. Well I am not a risk taker. I am very good humored. I am independent. So two out of three is not bad. ThanksDelete
I have several favorites: Braums Cherries, Pecan & Cream and their chocolate chip. I also like Blue Bell's Rocky Road, home style vanilla, and cherry vanilla. Good luck figuring out my DNA by that!ReplyDelete
Vickie, all I can say is, you are a well-rounded personality!ReplyDelete