I love ice cream all year long—doesn’t even matter how cold the outside temperature is. Homemade ice cream is my favorite treat; however, ice cream from a roadside stand in summer, especially the custard style, is a close second.
Ice cream cone topped with Peanut Butter Pat's Granola
I learned to make ice cream in an old fashioned crank style ice cream maker. I was probably a preteen. The rule was whoever turned the crank got to enjoy the dasher (which was the best part). Cranking took real elbow grease as the custard cream turned from a silky mixture to a soft frozen delight. It was the best part of summer.
Living in Cleveland these past few years, I’ve experienced Mitchell’s, Jeni’s, Graeters, Pierre’s, Tremont Scoops, Honey Hut, East Coast Custard and countless ice cream stand varieties I encounter as I travel in northeast Ohio. Vanilla is my go to flavor, with an occasional chocolate and vanilla twist on a wafer cone. Some specialty seasonal flavors catch my eye and I’ll ask for a taste before deciding if I want to splurge on a full cone.
At home, I make ice cream sundaes topped with granola, locally grown fruits, nuts and maybe a drizzle of honey. An indulgence that is worth every calorie!
This summer I’ve made homemade smoothie ice pops with fresh strawberries that I picked from Rittman Orchards in Doylestown, OH.
Since I make smoothies for breakfast, I simply save some and pour into pop molds which are a welcome treat on the hottest of days.
Tempted to make your own ice cream. Check out these recipes: 49 Best Make Your Own Ice Creams
Pat Bennett is the founder and President of Pat's Granola, a Cleveland based food and lifestyle company.
Pat's Granola is sold online at www.patsgranola.com and is also available at several Northeast Ohio businesses including:
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Locle Box www.loclebox.com
Made Cleveland www.madecleveland.com
Mister Brisket www.misterbrisket.com
Nature's Oasis Lakewood www.naturesoasis.com
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