Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Real California Milk - Ice Cream Social

I had the pleasure of attending an Ice Cream Social last week, hosted by the California Milk Advisory Board.  Since the event was kid friendly, I invited my nephew, Beans, to be my date for the afternoon. 

Before the festivities were underway, Beans and I had a chance to do something that you're almost never allowed to do with permission... SCREAM! We went into the scream booth and screamed as loud as we possibly could, after all everyone screams for ice cream, right?

Before we had a chance to lose our voices, we were able to make ice cream crafts.  Beans added extra cherries to his.

It wasn't long before we were mesmerized by television host, food writer, and award-winning cook, Kristina Vanni, who was gracious enough to make several phenomenal ice cream dishes for us. Get a load of these:

OMG! All three were absolutely delicious! But the best part is they seemed pretty easy to make. My favorite was the Blueberry Float, by far the best float I have ever had in my entire life!  You can find these and other awesome recipes at Better Recipes: Daily Dish (featuring Kristina Vanni).

After Kristina's impressive display of ice creamery, we tried our hand at making our own ice cream creations. Every topping imaginable was at our disposal! Chocolate fudge, gummy bears, nuts, and even potato chips! Beans did manage to have a little ice cream with his toppings! LOL

As a native of the beautiful state of California and self-proclaimed ice cream lover, I was thrilled to find out the following ice cream fun facts:
  • July is National Ice Cream Month - as declared by President Ronald Reagan in 1984.
  • California is the nations number one ice cream producer!
  • It takes an estimated 50 licks to finish a single scoop ice cream cone.
  • Approximately 12 pounds of Real California Milk are used to make one gallon of ice cream.
Overall, we had a great time at the event, we had scrumptious treats and we learned a little something too!

Make sure you look for The Real California Seal!

I was invited to the Ice Cream Social by the California Milk Advisory Board. All views expressed are the opinion of Just Say I Told You So.

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