Happy Creamsicle Day! (8/14)

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.

 

Creamsicles Aren’t So “Creamy”

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.

A Creamsicle Knock-off

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!)

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About Jim Clark

"If it was worth doing, then it is worth writing!" -- Jim Clark -- Someone else probably said that before, and I'm sure that each semester she starts her Creative Writing 101 class by writing it on the board, but I never took that lady's class so I am taking her quote! I work in the world of advertising, but I write for a living. Here in the second decade of the '00s, we find ourselves in a culture where virtually everyone writes for a living. With all the clicking and clacking on Facebook, Twitter, emails and texts, our lives are more than ever intertwined with writing. At the same time, it's also become increasingly more important to shorten our thoughts down to as few characters as possible. So, now, more than ever, I think it's also important to hold a place in our lives for expanding and honing our thoughts through writing. This is my place for that.
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