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Ice Cream Season

November 18, 2009

Last week I wrote about Troy in Winter.  I suppose officially it’s still fall, but I lived most of my life in Florida and California, so cut me some slack.  Anything under 40 degrees qualifies as winter weather in my book.

Let’s just say I’m getting myself psyched up.

Because winter really isn’t that bad.  The Troy Market moves indoors, long-braised dishes are back on the menu, the cozy blankets are piled on the bed, and you can eat ice cream free from worry that it will melt.

Okay, that last one might just be me.  But I’m going to take a moment to try to change your mind.

Most people see ice cream as a summer food.  They say, “Oh, it’s so hot outside, how I wish I had something cold and refreshing.”  So they go out for ice cream.

What a terrible idea.

The hot hot summer is the worst time ever for ice cream.
1)    It melts like crazy.
2)    You have to eat it really fast, to prevent it from melting like crazy.
3)    If it melts on you, you will be sticky.
4)    Those flimsy paper napkins are no good at all for getting off the sticky.
5)    Even if you wet them in the water fountain.
6)    If you eat it too fast, your eyeballs might freeze.
7)    Frozen eyeballs really sting.
8)    It’s freaking swimsuit season, do you really need those calories?
9)    Two words: carbon footprint.
10)  Did I mention ice cream melts like crazy?

In the winter you have none of those problems.  Extra pounds are easily hidden under layers and layers of protective clothing.  Ice cream freezers do not have to work as hard, which reduces the carbon footprint.  AND, most important…

ICE CREAM DOESN’T MELT IN THE WINTER.

You don’t have to eat it fast, you won’t get sticky, and you can eat your ice cream instead of licking off drips.

I can barely describe the joy of eating my first ice cream cone in the middle of winter.  I was in Cambridge, Massachusetts with my sister.  We went to a fancy little ice cream joint.  A place, mind you, that is generally jammed full of people.  But we found no line.

And walking down the street, I could nonchalantly take a bite from my cone, whenever the mood struck me.  It wasn’t an ongoing battle against Mother Nature.  It was the most relaxed and enjoyable ice-cream-eating experience of my life.

So why on earth do all of the local ice cream stands close in the winter?
Winter should be the season for ice cream.  Am I wrong?

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Mr. Sunshine permalink
    November 18, 2009 10:05 am

    Of course you’re wrong, for the same reason people put away their gin and tonics come October. People want to cool down in the summer, and warm up in the winter. I do believe you are pulling our collective leg.

    • Raf permalink
      November 18, 2009 1:35 pm

      no, he’s really that crazy

      • brownie permalink
        November 19, 2009 10:49 am

        I’m that crazy too. Every season is ice cream season, dammit.

  2. phairhead permalink
    November 18, 2009 3:50 pm

    ice cream is good any time of the year!

  3. Tonia permalink
    November 18, 2009 4:30 pm

    Right there with you. My sis and I once sat in the parking lot of Tastee Freeze in mid-March eating sundaes.

  4. Ellen Whitby permalink
    November 18, 2009 7:54 pm

    I’m with you. I eat ice cream all year round. In fact, there is usually an assortment of Ben and Jerry’s flavors in my freezer. At the moment, we have 6 different ones.

    I take issue with your point #8. If you’re suggesting that eating ice cream in winter is okay so you can gain weight you’ll then have to lose before swimsuit season, shame on you. Instead, you should enjoy ice cream year round but in moderation. No weight gain necessary.

  5. Annie permalink
    November 18, 2009 11:08 pm

    I read somewhere that Boston is the ice cream consumption capital of the country. It certainly introduced ice cream as a staple in my diet. Year round. But, winter does make sense– for even more reasons than I originally considered.

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