... when I was young, I would always listen out for the ice-cream man's bell in the afternoons and then pestering my grandma to buy me an ice-cream. She didnt oblige everyday, but usually would on sundays. That was the highlight for me. My favourite was the chocolate in between 2 pieces of wafers. My mum on the other hand would not eat anything except the eskimo pie. Occasionally I would have the "blur blob" ice-cream, and when grandma had a wind-fall, like striking lottery or chap-ji-kee, we would all have a drum stick each - what a treat!!
As we grew older, we were given ice-cream treats at the Magnolia snack bar at Capitol or the Cold storage in Orchard road. I would have either the banana split (coz then I would get 3 scoops of ice-cream) or the peach melba!!
Into my teen years, my 2 best friends and I would go out to celebrate our birthdays together. On each of our special days, we would go to swensen's and order one Firehouse Happy birthday! The birthday girl would blow out the candle on the cake and the three of us would then tuck into it!
When I first started work, Baskin Robbins had just arrived on our shores with their thirty-one-derful flavours. And guess what, on 31 Dec, I was told to do the stock take for one of the baskin robbins outlet! What a treat! I was given a scoop of my choice after the stock-take!!
Hubby and I then moved to New York, and we were introduced to the wonderful world of Haagen Daazs and Ben and Jerry's. We talked about bringing the franchise to Singapore, as we saw the great potential it had. But unfortunately we did not have the money nor the right connections to bring the franchise here.
Ice cream is something that we have in our fridge all the time. In these belt tightening times, I have told my children that they have to learn to eat other brands of ice-cream instead of just Haagen Daazs. In fact I find some of the local ice-cream palours here sell pretty interesting ice cream flavours, at slightly more affordable prices. I have even considered buying my own ice-cream making machine. But, I am afraid that it will end up a white elephant!
Ice-cream has always featured in the "good times" of my life, and it is a comfort food for me. I love anything chocolate. What's your favourite??
(PS - This post was inspired by the ice-cream article in a local magazine).