Posts Tagged ‘ice cream’

SUPER SUNDAE RECIPE CONTEST PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Hopefully you saw Monday’s entry about the Super Sundae Recipe Contest and you’re ready to get to work building the most mouth-watering ice cream sundae imaginable. But like we said, you have to send a photo of your creation along with your entry and the photo is an important part of the process, so we thought we’d offer a few photography tips here.

1. TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES

Shoot your sundae from several different angles to get the best shot and feel free to send us a few different pictures to choose from.

2. AVOID USING A FLASH

If you’re shooting indoors, and chances are, you are, you’ll want to avoid using the flash on your camera because the bright, intense light of the flash isn’t exactly friendly to most food. Instead, put your sundae in a well-lit area (natural light works best, so maybe by a window) and use your camera’s no-flash setting.

But beware, the no-flash setting may require your shutter to stay open longer, which means you’ll have to hold the camera very still when you take the photo. For this reason, a tripod might be useful, if you have one. If your camera doesn’t have a no-flash setting or the no-flash setting creates blurry or dark images, don’t worry about it – just use a flash and make the best of it!

3. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE DETAIL

This is especially true with sundaes. Take some time to make your sundae look as delicious as possible. But don’t take too much time or you’ll end up photographing a melted mess!

4. HAVE FUN!

This is the most important tip we can offer. Don’t stress too much about getting the “perfect shot.” Just get a few good ones and send them along with your recipe. Then grab a spoon and enjoy your super sundae creation. You’ve earned it!

If anyone has any food photography tips they’d like to share with the group, sound off with a comment!

THE “SUPER SUNDAE RECIPE CONTEST” IS HERE!

Monday, October 11th, 2010

In past years here on the Ice Cream Journal we’ve hosted a recipe contest featuring Turkey Hill’s holiday-themed ice cream flavors. This year, we’re doing things a bit differently. We call it “The Super Sundae Recipe Contest” and it’s pretty simple.

Send us your best or favorite ice cream sundae recipe using any Turkey Hill ice cream flavor(s) as an ingredient. It can be a sundae you make at home or a recipe you made up just for this contest. It can be simple (only three or four ingredients) or a slightly more complex concoction. Whatever it is, make sure it’s delicious and make sure you send it to us before November 14 (that’s the deadline).

In addition to the recipe, you’ll need to give it a name (“The Super Dooper Hot Fudge Sundae” or “Janet’s Awesome Butterscotch Blast” for example) AND send us a photo of your creation. The picture part is important, because this contest is 50 percent about the recipe and name and 50 percent about the deliciousness of the photo. We’ll post a blog entry on Wednesday with all sorts of tips to help with the picture-taking process.

Once you’ve got your recipe, title and photo, email it along with your name and address to icecreamjournal@gmail.com.

We’ll choose four of our favorite entries and post them here on the Ice Cream Journal in November. After that, the voting will begin and the sundae with the most votes will win… drum roll please… a super sundae prize package containing 10 free containers of Turkey Hill ice cream, a set of six Bormioli Rocco waffle cone-inspired glass sundae dishes, a Tovolo Standz Ice Cream Scoop, and a jar of Ghirardelli chocolate fudge sauce. Each finalist will also receive a one-month supply of Turkey Hill ice cream.

Good luck!

GOOD NEWS FOR DOUBLE DUNKER FANS!

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

The fan mail we get for various ice cream flavors usually covers a wide spectrum of frosty treats, from fans passionately requesting the return of a former Limited Edition flavor to supporters of current flavors to ice cream lovers reminiscing about a treat from their past. But lately, our in-box has been dominated by requests and adoration for one Turkey Hill flavor in particular — our Limited Edition Double Dunker.

For those who haven’t had it, Double Dunker is described thusly: “Mocha ice cream swirled with chewy cookie dough and crunchy chocolate cookie swirl.” It’s sort of like cookies and cream meets chocolate chip cookie dough with a mocha kick. Fans of the treat describe it as “the most delicious thing ever made by mankind” or “heaven in a bowl” or “the only ice cream I’ll ever need for the rest of my life so please, please, please don’t stop making it!”

That’s high praise, which is why we decided to keep it on shelves through October. But then more fan mail poured in and we thought that with that many fans, Double Dunker deserves a longer run, so we’re going to keep making it through the end of the year!

If you haven’t had Double Dunker yet, you might want to give it a try, at least to see what all the commotion is about. Who knows, maybe Double Dunker will become a permanent member of the Turkey Hill Ice Cream line-up. Either way, one thing’s for sure — it looks like we have an early favorite in next spring’s Ultimate Flavor Tournament!

ASK ERNIE (AGAIN): I CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT ICE CREAM!

Monday, September 27th, 2010

The following wise advice from Ernie was posted here on the Ice Cream Journal back in 2008, but since Ernie’s advice has no expiration date, we’ve decided to post it again today. Enjoy! (And as far as we know, the reader who submitted this question is doing just fine now.)

Graeme W. from Vancouver, British Columbia writes: I can’t stop thinking about eating ice cream, is there any reason for this?

Graeme,

Let me first start by congratulating you for being brave enough to face your addiction and share it with the world here on the Ice Cream Journal. You’re among friends, many of whom have the same thoughts and cravings that you do. I am one of those friends.

You’ll be happy to know that millions of people across the world have been diagnosed with what you describe. Doctors call it Obsessive Icecreamitis (also known as “the scoops”). Fortunately, there’s no known cure, but experts do recommend daily doses of vanilla, chocolate or other flavors of ice cream to curb the cravings. In extreme cases of Icecreamitis, as many as four scoops per day may be needed to satisfy the urge.

No one knows exactly why certain people develop Icecreamitis, though researchers have linked the affliction to repeated childhood interactions with ice cream trucks and giant, drippy ice cream cones at circuses, fairs and amusement parks. Other studies have found that the absence of these treats during a person’s younger years can also trigger Icecreamitis later in life.

My advice to you, Graeme, is to embrace your compulsions and feed your inner child whatever flavor of ice cream he desires. You should also seek the company of others with Icecreamitis (every flavor tastes a little better when shared with friends). You’ll find your peers in the usual places: the frozen foods aisle of your local grocery store, your neighborhood ice cream shop, chasing the ice cream truck (either on foot or by vehicle), or simply sitting on their porch on a warm day with a big bowl and a big smile.

Above all, you should be proud of your condition. Having Icecreamitis is a badge of honor that says, “I love the simpler things in life and I’m not afraid to admit it!” So get out there and have a scoop (or three) and remember: There’s never a bad time to enjoy ice cream.

Good luck,

Ernie

ICE CREAM SANDWICHES OF THE FAR EAST

Friday, September 24th, 2010

If you missed Monday’s “Sandwiched” episode of Unwrapped on the Food Network, you missed a really mouthwatering 30 minutes of TV. The episode featured a behind-the-scenes look at Turkey Hill’s Double Decker ice cream sandwiches and more than a few appearances by our Einstein of Ice Cream, Ernie Pinckney. We’ll let you know if it airs again in the near future (and it will).

In the spirit of ice cream sandwiches, we featured a decadent ice cream cookie sandwich photo here on the Ice Cream Journal on Wednesday, but today we thought we’d show you how ice cream sandwiches are served up in Singapore.

Yup, in Singapore, if you order an ice cream sandwich from an ice cream vendor on the street (and there are many), you get ice cream served in a slice of bread. The bread often includes various colors and, from what we’ve read, the sandwiches are quite tasty! The sandwich featured above includes corn ice cream, but lots of traditional flavors are available as well. (More info here.)

And if you don’t want bread, you can have your ice cream served between two thin wafers like below. Either way, we’re sure the treats are delicious on a hot Singapore summer day!

A SCOOP A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY?

Friday, September 10th, 2010

We’ve written in the past about studies that have shown that eating ice cream can make you happier, but now it seems that eating ice cream might also be the key to longer life. A doctor in New Jersey called us the other day to let us know about one of his patients, a healthy 91-year-old woman. The doctor remarked that he’d never in all his years of practicing medicine seen a 91-year-old with so much energy and liveliness. When he asked his patient what her secret was for looking so young and healthy, she replied, “I eat Turkey Hill ice cream every day!”

Although we’re sure the spry 91-year-old did plenty of other things right to maintain the health she’s in, a scoop of Turkey Hill ice cream every day sounds like good medicine to us! We’ll try to get in touch with the woman for an interview here on the Ice Cream Journal. Stay tuned!

YOU CAN’T KEEP A GOOD ICE CREAM MAN DOWN

Friday, August 20th, 2010

It’s said that the higher-than-average incidence of gloomy weather in Seattle, Washington creates a higher-than-average incidence of gloomy residents. Sure, you can blame it on the rain, but you can also blame it on the fact that ice cream trucks are illegal in Seattle.

That’s right. Due to laws against selling food from the road, the magical trucks with the happy music and delicious frozen treats are prohibited from roving the streets and distributing their pick-me-ups to hungry children and adults. But that may soon change according to a Seattle Times article, as city planners consider relaxing the restriction against food vendors. That’s great news! Who wants a bomb pop?

PUTTING A WORLD RECORD IN PERSPECTIVE

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

In Tuesday’s post about competitive eater Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti and his world record of 1.75 gallons of ice cream eaten in eight minutes, loyal Ice Cream Journal reader Karen requested (with a comment) a photo of what 1.75 gallons of ice cream looks like. It’s a good question, Karen, which is why we put together the graphic below.

HAPPY NATIONAL ROOT BEER FLOAT DAY!

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Today is National Root Beer Float Day, which is the perfect excuse to stop by the grocery store tonight to buy some ice cream and root beer and whip up a bubbly treat tonight. (Don’t forget the straws!)

Of course, since it’s root beer float day, you might feel compelled to put root beer in your float, but no one will blame you if you decide to break tradition by opting for an orange soda float or a cola float or any other flavor of soda. But while the soda varies, for some reason vanilla ice cream is the go-to float topper. Not chocolate, not strawberry, not even cookie dough. It probably has to do with the versatility of vanilla ice cream and the fact that it’s a timeless classic.

Which leads us to two questions. Do you use root beer in your floats or do you sometimes use other flavors of soda? And if you decided to get wild and crazy and choose another ice cream flavor besides vanilla, which flavor would you choose?

A GREAT WAY TO END NATIONAL ICE CREAM MONTH

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Wouldn’t you know it, we were overcome with excitement during the last day of National Ice Cream Month yesterday that we forgot to post our last reader-written Ice Cream Journal entry. So we’ll post it today (with apologies to the authors for our tardiness). For this one, we asked our authors to find the most mouthwatering ice cream photo they could and describe it. And wouldn’t you know it, two of the writers to whom we offered that task came up with the exact same photo! So we’re posting that photo and BOTH entries here today to close out our National Ice Cream Month celebration.

This photo was submitted by Bob K. of Olney, MD and Chris B. of New London, MO. Thanks for the pic, guys, and thanks for ending National Ice Cream Month on a delicious note!

BOB WROTE: Wouldn’t you like to receive this on a special occasion? A bouquet of six ice cream cones that contain your favorite flavors. I am not sure how it would be delivered (hopefully in something to keep it frozen). To Turkey Hill lovers this would be better than a dozen of any kind of flowers. Would you finish them all at once or eat one now and save the rest for later? The choice is yours. Enjoy the picture and dream of what could be.

CHRIS WROTE: Ah, summertime…memories of family times at the pool, at the zoo, at the park…and at the local ice cream shop!!  As a child, I grew up in a small town without an ice cream parlor, but I remember sitting on the front porch with my grandfather, eating ice cream and watching the lightning bugs in the front yard.  There are certain things that I HAVE to do with my boys during the summer, and a few (dozen) trips out for ice cream is on that list!  This picture, of the ice cream cones tied together with a red ribbon represents a couple of things for me.  1) The gift of delicious ice cream!!  and 2) The gift of great family memories for my family!  I LOVE that there is Mint Chocolate Chip in the center, because that’s one of my favorite ice cream flavors!!