For reasons unknown, my early childhood years were dominated by maple walnut, as repulsive a flavor ever I tried. Did everyone else have parents are cruel as mine?
Things perked up considerably with the arrival of the Ice Cream Barn when I was about 7 or 8 years old.
Consisting of a humble red or white baby barn that has been jerry rigged with enough electricity to support several chest freezers well stocked with Scotsburn Dairy ice cream, an Ice Cream Barn is always a welcome site when I go home to Nova Scotia.
(To find my favourite, be sure to drive from New Brunswick to Nova Scotia along Highway 366, as opposed to the main highway. Along the way, you will encounter the tiny community of Tidnish, whose lone general store boasts an “inside ice cream bar” that has a dirt cheap “happy hour”!)
I love to seek out fancy homemade ice cream in small communities, from popular brands such asCow’s Homemade PEI ice cream (in the fancy decorated cones!) and Roselani’s in Hawaii to a secret spot I shalln’t reveal where I got a scoop of roasted marshmallow and a scoop of rhubarb ginger. I’m not too snobby to go for popular franchises – Laura Secord, Ben & Jerry’s, and Baskin Robbins are old friends of mine. I’ve even toured the Ben & Jerry’s factor in Vermont and can highly recommend the experience!
Life is too short to diet on vacation! Do you have any secret ice cream places around the world?
My favourite ice cream barn flavors: Tiger, Cherry Vanilla, Cotton Candy, Orange Pineapple, Bubble Gum, and my absolute favourite flavor in the world: Moon Mist! An “out of this world” combination of banana, grape, and bubble gum. Please, I beg of you to try it out! I also beg Scotsburn to bring back their peppermint ice cream!
As always, I welcome and encourage your comments. What's the strangest ice cream flavor you've ever tried?
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