When it comes to harbored memories of childhood yummies, the creamsicle ranks right up there with Chuck-E Cheese pizza, and Fruit Stripe gum. It’s such an ingenious design to coat a rich and creamy vanilla ice cream with an authentically flavored orange popsicle. The result would be this vitamin C ladened, calcium enriched, deliciously cold and refreshing dessert treat! There may have actually been a time when that’s what a creamsicle was, perhaps even as recent as my own childhood.
Now, however, the thing that’s labeled “Creamsicle ®” is nothing more than an orange, red, or blood-red popsicle with a white middle that may or may not be lactose based. The popsicle is still good, it is. Pospsicles will always be awesome, but the “cream” really does nothing for the over all experience. Well, I take that back, it does make it easier to down the thing inside of ten seconds flat because the white stuff in the middle is easier to bite and grind right through than if the whole thing were made of straight popsicle… material.
Now that I have been sufficiently mislead by the current reality of a Creamsicle, I regret that I did not take a chance on the variation that I originally scoffed at when I was dazing into the cooler at the grocery store. Yogurt instead of ice cream has always made me extremely grumpy. The idea that this American culture was eating so much ice cream back in the 90’s that our business model realized a necessity to install a slew of yogurt stands called T.C.B.Y. into the landscape never quite sat well with me since I never ate ice cream more than once or twice a week. But, it occurred to me while I bit into this tasteless “creamy” center that maybe a little yogurt might be just the thing this popsicle needs at this point. Of course, maybe it would just taste like plain, sour yogurt inside a yummy popsicle.
See you Wednesday for National Lemon Meringue Pie Day (gack!)