Rejoice, readers, because today is the best day on the calendar: National Ice Cream Day! It’s time to go crazy – or skip the nuts and make rainbow nuggets instead.
Unlike others dubious national holidays that we could cite, National Ice Cream Day actually has real roots: in 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation naming July 15, 1984, National Ice Cream Day as a way to recognize “a nutritious and healthy food enjoyed by over 90% of the people of the United States.” Not just that – Reagan said all of July would be National Ice Cream Month. Since, the dairy industry promoted the third Sunday in July as the time to honor what the Gipper called “the perfect dessert”.
Greater Fall River has a rich and creamy assortment of ice cream shops to help you mark the National Ice Cream Day festivities with maximum delight. We spoke to folks about a few of them to learn about your favorite flavors, their own personal favorites, and the unique flavors they would create in their dreams.
Ice cream barn
The Ice Cream Barn is a local landmark, part of Baker Farm, a sixth generation working farm in Swansea.
What is popular? “Our most popular flavor by volume is generally vanilla,” said co-owner Tom Seiter. “It goes in everything: sundaes, banana splits, pints, milkshakes, floats, etc. It’s the classic American flavor. We pride ourselves on the quality of the vanilla we use; many ice cream reviewers will compare vanilla from different producers to rate the best ice cream. We use a blend of extracts which we believe is the best vanilla blend possible. ”
What’s his favorite? Seiter said he was going for Cranberry Jubilee. “We use organic cranberries from Fresh Meadows Farm in Carver, boil them with sugar until plump and juicy, add cranberry juice to the ice cream base, then mix the almonds, chunks. of chocolate and cranberries in ice cream. . This is delicious !”
Dream flavors? “Our goal at Ice Cream Barn is to use locally grown ingredients and blend them with our farm’s dairy to create wonderful locally grown concoctions. I would love to do more with peaches, cherries or other stone fruits, cantaloupe, or really, whatever delicious local produce. The possibilities are limitless!”
The Ice Cream Barn is at 289 Locust St., Swansea. It is open from noon to 9:30 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday, and from noon to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Somerset Creamery has been satisfying locals with homemade ice cream since 1937.
What is popular? “Our most popular flavor is Oreo coffee, followed by Cranberry Bog, vanilla (a lot used in smoothies and sundaes), and then cookie dough,” said third-generation ice cream maker Matt Berube. from Somerset Creamery.
What’s his favorite? “As for my personal favorites, they are Cookie Dough, Pistachio and Oreo Peanut Butter.”
Dream flavors? “We have a little ice cream maker that we use for test batches, so when we imagine a flavor, we usually give it a swirl. Some of the most notable creations were the honey mustard pretzel, fireball (cinnamon and capsaicin – that was HOT!), Avocado … an employee was even asked to make ice cream barbecue sauce (it was not good). ”
Somerset Creamery has two locations in Somerset: 1931 GAR Highway and 146 County St. They are open from noon to 10 pm daily. There is a third location on Cape Cod, in the village of Cataumet in Bourne.
The Moose Café in Tiverton also serves breakfast, sandwiches, and coffee – but they’re known to have a breathtaking assortment of over 330 flavors of ice cream guaranteed to cause paralysis of analysis.
What is popular? “The most popular flavor is and always has been vanilla,” said Sarah Federico, co-owner of Moose Café. “The second is coffee, a bit boring considering our menu has over 330 flavors, but that’s what it is.”
Dream flavors? “We are currently making ube ice cream. It is a Hawaiian / Polynesian extract taken from a purple or ube sweet potato. The color is an intense purple and the flavor is akin to nuts or buttery popcorn. We are also bringing back “electricity”! It is a lemon-lime flavored ice cream with crushed Sichuan buds, which are small yellow flowers that when put in the mouth give off a buzz similar to a small electric charge. It’s a different ice cream experience to say the least! It’s fun to experiment with what we can actually incorporate into the flavors. Our weirdest mix was a salted caramel quahog flavor. We cut the cooked quahog into small pieces. Most people who tried it thought they were eating mixed nuts and enjoyed it!
The Moose Café is located at 1160 Stafford Road, Tiverton. It is open Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 9 pm; Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Gray’s at Tiverton’s Four Corners differs from some ice cream parlors in that it is open year round. Feel free to celebrate National Ice Cream Day every day if you want to. This is America! Do what you want!
What is popular? “As a Rhode Island favorite, Gray’s is known for all coffee,” said Eunice Kim, manager of Gray’s store in Bristol. “Coffee ice cream, coffee smoothies and coffee made with our homemade coffee syrup.”
What’s her favorite? “I have to admit our coffee is pretty awesome, but the ginger is also a fan favorite, and which I find especially refreshing on a hot summer day.”
Dream flavors? “Pistachio pineapple is a flavor that would be nice to see again in the rotation of the specials. It was a hit when we did it once back in the day.
Gray’s has two locations: 16 East Road, Tiverton, and 259 Thames St., Bristol. The Tiverton location is open from 6.30am to 9.00pm; Bristol is open from noon to 10 p.m.
Simcock Farm has a quaint ice cream shop up front and a bunch of adorable petting farm animals in the back.
What is popular? “Our most popular, I mean, is coffee, because we have a lot of smoothies,” said Corinne Morhy, employee.
What’s her favorite? “Can I make several favorite ice creams?” I have strawberry cheesecake, coconut, caramel brownie, and Moose Tracks.
Dream flavors? “I would probably make a good vanilla ice cream – I love my vanilla ice cream – with marshmallow in it, and a rainbow sprinkle swirl, and maybe some nuts in it too.” I think it would be really good.
The Simcock Farm is located at 293 Marvel St., Swansea. It is open Monday to Friday from 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on weekends from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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