In last week’s blog entry, we asked you to identify which ice cream story was the fake. To recap, the options were as follows:
1. Ice cream shop owners use liquid nitrogen to whip up quick batches of ice cream.
2. A London ice cream truck celebrates National Burger Day with a burger-flavored ice cream.
3. A pair of NYC ice cream truck drivers get physical when one driver invades the other driver’s territory.
4. An inventor creates a retainer-like device that helps prevent ice cream headaches.
And the fake story is… #4! While ice cream headaches are indeed caused by ice cream coming into contact with the nerves in the roof of the mouth, no one has created a device designed to shield that sensitive area. Is it a good idea? Maybe. A better idea might be to just slow down and enjoy your ice cream so you don’t get brain freeze in the first place!
Speaking of enjoying ice cream, USA Today has assembled a list of the best ice cream shop in each of our 50 states. Pennsylvania’s top spot is, not surprisingly, Penn State’s Berkey Creamery, a legendary ice cream shop we’ve talked about here on the blog in the past. The USA Today’s listing also notes that Hawaii — a state where you’d think the ice cream competition would be pretty fierce — is actually not that fond of ice cream. Instead, they prefer shaved ice.
The top shaved ice shop in Hawaii is the tiny Shimazo Store, just outside Honolulu, where “ice is shaved to microscopic proportions, the better to soak up the flavors. Servings are ginormous (the infamous “Larry” is as big as a bowling ball), and the owner makes all the syrups in house.” That’s a photo of a typical serving on the right!