Scream, Oh Scream, for Ice Cream

Ice Cream Day, Ice Cream Month


Let’s look for some excuses to eat ice cream. Here’s one: July is National Ice Cream Month! It’s only patriotic to eat ice cream, don’t you think? July 23rd is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day, July 25th is National Hot Fudge Sundae Day, and July 26th is National Coffee Milkshake Day. July is simply grand. To show your patriotism, you must eat ice cream!


Ice Cream Ingredients


lots of ice cream in a bowl

Vanilla ice cream in blue bowl

What exactly is ice cream in 2016? Common ingredients found in regular mainstream ice cream might include:

  • tara gum
  • mono and diglycerides
  • corn syrup
  • whey
  • cellulose gel
  • cellulose gum
  • vanillin (imitation vanilla)
  • hydrogenated vegetable oil


Admittedly, not all of these ingredients are evil; not all. But the point is, they do not belong in one’s waffle cone and perhaps belong nowhere. Ice cream is historically made with milk, cream, and sugar; not creepy growth hormones, not chemicals. Added flavorings and any enhancers must be natural. We only get one body and we need to take care of it. Eat healthy, cheat healthy, that’s my motto!


Ice Cream Flavor to Delight

After all, if you’re going to treat yourself, no – DELIGHT yourself with a bowl of ice cream, it had better taste and feel amazing. It’s downright sensual. Do the above ingredients taste amazing? The right answer is “no, they don’t”, but then you would know this already if you did a ‘taste test’ comparing mainstream ice cream with pure, organic ice creams. Feel free to blindfold yourself first.


It’s so easy to grow accustomed to eating something because it is “supposed” to be heavenly. Don’t splurge unless the flavor is truly heavenly. Taste and listen.


Real and Organic

Amazing, real ice cream is made from organic ingredients like organic milk and organic cream without artificial growth hormones. How about vanilla flavor made with real organic Madagascar vanilla extract and organic vanilla beans? Alden’s Ice Cream is such a brand. Real flecks of vanilla beans greet your open maw, or perhaps genuine ground coffee bean in the coffee ice cream. Look for an abundance of organic ingredients in Alden’s Ice Cream.


Likewise, Trickling Springs Organic ice creams up the ante to local, organic, grass fed cows. Hailing from Chambersburg, PA, Trickling Springs vanilla ice cream, for example, contains organic milk, organic cream, evaporated cane juice sugar, organic nonfat milk, organic vanilla extract, organic locust bean gum, organic guar gum, organic tapioca starch, and sea salt. Organic and nonGMO Project Verified is as pure as it gets, thank you Trickling, but grass fed milk starts making it ‘functional food’. You now have official permission to celebrate ice cream days with a clean conscience, knowing it has up to 5 X more CLA than regular organic milk and has essential fatty acids, too. Grass is great, don’t you think?


“Rage, rage against the dying of the light”, wrote the bard*. Scream, Oh Scream, for real ice cream — even in August.


*Dylan Thomas