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Monday, February 28, 2011

Bubblegum Ice Cream

I used to love the stuff when I was a kid. I would eat around the bubblegum, picking it out and saving it until all of the ice cream was gone. By that point, the gum would have defrosted and I would throw the whole lot into my mouth, chewing away like a cow chewing cud. It was bliss.

I was tickled, then, when Ana ordered bubblegum ice cream at the mall the other day. My first surprise was the color - neon blue. I didn't remember that part... oh well... a little artificial coloring, make that a lot, never killed anybody, or did it?

Ana was as taken as little Me with the bubblegum, although her preferred style of eating was to choke down the ice cream so that she could get every little piece of gum that she could see.

The deal in our family is that when she gets ice cream, I am the drip licker (sounds a bit obscene as I type, but it's all innocent, I swear). It's actually my sneaky way to get another flavor other than my usual butter pecan or peppermint. Given the recent warming trend, despite the gulp style of eating Ana was employing, her ice cream started dripping right away. I was actually excited to have my nostalgic moment with my favorite childhood flavor realized. Imagine my dismay, then, when I realized that bubblegum ice cream is... DISGUSTING. I wouldn't feed it to my dog, although he would happily eat it. I felt the same level of disappointment as when I learned that Mickey Mouse was really just some sweaty guy in a costume. What other childhood flavor memories would be dashed if I tried to relive them? I'm going to go ahead and make some predictions:

squeeze cheese on Ritz crackers - cheese to cracker ratio of 3 to 1
Handi-Snacks - I loved that little red plastic stick you used to spread the "cheese"
roller skating rink nachos
Flinstones push-up pops
potato shoe strings

What were your favorites that should probably never pass your lips again?

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