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Thursday, May 28, 2009

In Search Of The Perfect Ice Cream

Small Moose Tracks
Originally uploaded by emmasdaughter
One of the things I discovered upon my arrival last summer was that going out for ice cream of an evening is one of the most popular pastimes in the area. You could even call it a sport of sorts. An Olympic event. People line up, not just a few, but hoards, to partake of this summer delicacy. When I witnessed this phenomenon, I asked myself how one decides which particular ice cream stand to patronize. Hence...
This summer, my first entire summer in central New York state, has a purpose. My friend and fellow explorer EM and I are in search of the perfect ice cream.
We live in Oneida County. As such, we are beginning our search for the Perfect Ice Cream right here. We shall venture forth, accompanied by our trusty research assistants when necessary, to explore and find this rare and much sought after prize.
As any good scientist and explorer knows, you must have criterion to allow for a good comparison during any study. So what are we looking for?

1. Cleanliness of facility.
2. Selection.
3. Serving portion to price
4. Flavor
5. Friendliness of staff
My partner in Crime
Our first foray into the jungle took us to Mr. Frostee, in Clark Mills, New York. It is one of the closest to our homes, practically the perfect, "meet you in the middle" location. Here is what we found.

Mr. Frostee is a newer stand and as such, very clean. Inside there is a seating area that sparkles. Outside, the tables and fountains, yes fountains, are clean. Not a spot of ice cream or other remains. Oops, EM's research assistant found a napkin tucked beneath the table. Isn't that where chewing gum is supposed to go? He removed the offending napkin and placed it in the nearest refuse container. What a great assistant!
The menu at Mr. Frostee seemed limited. Limited until you see all the little side boards with added extras. Hard, soft, chocolate, vanilla, sprinkles, dips, nuts, and the list goes on. Personally, I want my add ons in the ice cream. Less, mess, more goodies.
The ice cream served is truly marvelous! Creamy, rich, full of flavor. My favorite, "Moose Tracks" is on the menu as well! What a deal!!!! To make things even more hazardous, the small serving, pictured above, is truly huge! But, as all true researchist know, nothing is to be wasted and the cone was consumed with gusto.
As far as friendliness of staff, the server had a brusque and not too friendly attitude. You would think, that serving a sweet concoction to the masses would cause one, through osmosis, to become rather sweet as well. Not true, my friends, not true. Our lovely, young, scooper, was not chatty, not friendly, not willing to discuss the merits of her product. So sad. Such a shame. The only mark against this wonderful island of creaminess in the small town of Clark Mills.

Look At The Size of THAT!


CatR said...

Ohhh... What a quest. Am jealous. I agree with you on having the "extras" in the ice cream. I personally think if they don't have either a lemon or a coffee flavoured ice cream, they get a black mark.

Sigrun said...

Boo, hoo. I'm very sensitive to trans fats and sat fats. About once a year I bite the bullet and risk having a child's size portion just so I don't forget the little bit of heaven that ice cream brings. Good luck on your quest. Please post results so some of us can enjoy vicariously.

Gina said...

Must be the year for ice cream, I guess... I've been eating more ice cream in the past few months than I have in my entire adult life. No comments, if you please...
Keep us informed on this valiant and noble quest!

Boondock Ma (Kim's Mom) said...

Mmmm. What a fun quest! That cone at the top looks wonderful!I had to chuckle at your ice cream choice. That's one of my favorites too. I'm pretty sure we've got a common relative somewhere...LOL

I left you an award at my blog. Unfortunately, I had a problem with sizing on the award itself, but you could either resize it yourself, or easier still, stop by A.Marie's site to grab one of a more proportionate size :)

Becca said...

Since I come from (through marriage) the Ice Cream Capitol of the World, Le Mars Iowa (seriously, it even says so on the sign as you enter the town), I would love to share your quest! I love Moose Tracks too!! Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!

Jewel said...

Be sure to take Mr. J along with you to help you with the perfect ice cream to cone ratio.

Fran said...

The ice cream looks incredible! You're making me hungry.

Dorothy said...

emmm I love custard and ice cream....found you because of boondock babble..and the award congregations..

Dorothy from grammology

miyamojo said...

Moose Tracks?! I need details! What is it?! Vanilla with chocolate fudge drizzle? I love ice cream... sigh. :D