CINDY S. FROM ERIE, PA ASKS: Your Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream is SO good!!! Why don’t you make it all year long?
I’ll start out by saying that it’s not unprecedented for a popular Limited Edition flavor to make it to the “Big Leagues” by crossing over to our full time lineup. Double Dunker did exactly that a few years ago, and it remains one of our most popular flavors.
Pumpkin Pie is a little trickier, although I agree that it’s an amazing flavor (my second favorite Turkey Hill Limited Edition flavor, behind Gertrude Hawk Box of Chocolates). The only problem is, like our Egg Nog Ice Cream, pumpkin is such a uniquely seasonal offering, that it might not be quite as delicious in May as it is in November. If you’ve ever had a candy cane in July, you know what I’m talking about.
That’s the conventional wisdom, at least. There’s no shortage of fans who are willing to prove me wrong. I’ve talked to Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream lovers who buy 12 containers of it in late November to enjoy until the flavor returns the following year. (Pictured on the right is one fan’s stockpile.) These super fans give themselves one container each month, and they’ve told me that the flavor is just as great in the spring and summer as it is in the fall and winter.
Regardless, I think the limited availability of Pumpkin Pie has a lot to do with its appeal, and I worry that if it were available all year long, it would lose some of its “specialness.”
So, does that mean our Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream will NEVER follow in Double Dunker’s footsteps and join the full time lineup? I don’t like to say “never,” but it’s not likely to happen any time soon. Until then, I think you’ll enjoy the Limited Edition flavors we have in store for 2014. Stay tuned for a blog entry in December that offers a sneak peek at next year’s Limited Edition lineup!