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Things to Love About Summer: Ice Cream

Here’s your interesting trivia fact for the day: New Englanders consume more ice cream per capita than any other region in the United States. And still Massachusetts is the third thinnest state in the union…impressive, no?

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It’s pretty safe to say that growing up here, I’ve been spoiled with good ice cream my whole life. And I don’t mean the Ben and Jerry’s or Haagen Däz that can be bought at the supermarket. I’m talking the local dairies and ice cream shops that are present in almost every New England town…and they’re incredible.

You might be asking yourself how a region of six states that collectively make up a very small part of America’s geography can out-eat the rest of the nation in frozen goodness–especially when we have such harsh winters. It perplexes me too.

However, I think the answer really lies in the dairies and the homemade ice cream. Because there’s so many of them, it’s a convenient (and often affordable) treat. Also, it could have something to do with the stifling humidity we have to endure May through September, but then again we eat ice cream in the winter, too.

I took a trip out to the Midwest one summer, and was really confused that they’re really not big ice cream people. Instead, they eat frozen custard, something I’m not really sure of what it is, but am pretty certain has something to do with frozen yogurt?

Anyway, my love affair with ice cream started early, with frequent trips to our local ice cream stand, Meadowlands, as a kid. Some of my earliest memories are of my parents and grandfather teaching me how to properly lick a cone so that it doesn’t drip. To this day, ice cream is easily my favorite food, with sushi and my mom’s chocolate chip cookies as a close second and third.

My all-time favorite flavor is coffee heathbar, with black raspberry, Oreo, and butter pecan making occasional appearances in my order. I’ve tried so many different flavors, but those are the lasting favorites that I’ll almost always stick to.

What’s your favorite flavor?

Xoxo, Karoline

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  1. this post made me start thinking about ice cream and how we’re running low. the reason to have ice cream in winter is that it tastes so good anytime of the year and we’re the third thinnest because we run faster than all the other states

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