I is for Ice Cream

A to Z Challenge: I

I is for Ice Cream. When I was a kid living in Okinawa, Japan (my dad is former Air Force), there was an ice cream shop my dad would always took my brothers and me. Every time he asked which flavor I wanted I would always say lime. I could never figure out why he kept asking since I only ever wanted lime. Maybe he thought I would change my mind one day and pick a new flavor.

I’m the type of person who finds something she likes and pretty much sticks with it. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Well, years passed and I graduated from lime to butter pecan. I adore butter pecan ice cream. I also love IHOP’s butter pecan syrup, but that’s a different topic.

Right now, as I write this post, I’m eating butter pecan with maraschino cherries — not just one cherry… SEVERAL. I love maraschino cherries. But I’ll get to that in a second. So butter pecan. That’s me. If no butter pecan, then vanilla will do or I’ll just pass.

One day I was in the grocery store and saw Haagen-Dazs had little tiny taster-like servings of ice cream. I mean tiny. One scoop type of tiny. 99 cents each. I figured what the hell. I’ll try something new and picked up rum raisin. I like raisins. I like rum. Sure.

LOVE rum raisin. Love. Love. Love. Where has this been all my life? So of course, the second I discover I like it, the grocery store stops carrying it. Story of my life. I’m sure I could request it but they probably stopped carrying it because no one was buying… except for me. 😛

So back to butter pecan. Not a bad thing but I miss the rum raisin. Now you might be wondering how I went from plain butter pecan to butter pecan and maraschino cherries. That’s simple. The hubby bought Ole Smokey Cherry Moonshine. There are actual maraschino cherries sitting in 100 proof liquor. Sounds good, right?

We had a jar. We had ice cream. Instant win. Okay so fun fact about soaking really sweet fruit in alcohol — the sweet infuses into the liquid, leaving nothing in the fruit except alcohol. I found this out the hard way.

So here’s the deal — I plop a few cherries into some butter pecan ice cream. I did a mix of Ole Smokey cherries and regular maraschinos. The alcohol freezes in the cherries. I can’t tell the Ole Smokey’s from the regulars, so now I have a 100 proof landmines in my ice cream. I ate it but that was rough. I mean really rough. Ole Smokey White Lightning is nothing to play with.

Suffice to say I decided to skip the landmines for the next bowl. I’m pretty much addicted to butter pecan with maraschino cherries now.

In later news, on the topic of Ole Smokey, all the other flavors are fantastic. The apple pie especially. If you have a liquor store in your area that carries it, I highly recommend it. Very good. Sweet too.


  1. Hello, Renee! When I like something, I pretty much stick with it, too. I do enjoy trying new things, though. But once I have a favorite, it’s rare that it changes! Vanilla ice cream with rainbow sprinkles was my ice cream choice when I was a child. But since I was 13 or so, my favorite ice cream has been mint chocolate chip with chocolate sprinkles. I also really enjoy moose tracks!

    Happy A to Z-ing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

    • If I did chocolate, I’m sure mint chocolate chip would be my favorite just because I love mint… now. When I was a kid, I couldn’t stand it. Just goes to show that our tastes do mature as we get older.

  2. 🙂 I enjoyed your post. You gave me several giggles. 🙂 I can’t say that I’ve tried butter pecan, or rum raisin, I’m more of a chocolate kinda gal. I do experiment though, whatever looks yummy or sounds yummy, I’ll try. That Old Smokey certainly sounds interesting, I wish we had that here. I love maraschino cherries too. 🙂

    Have fun with a-z.

  3. I love my ice cream, but I’m not that adventurous with it. Vanilla is great, butterscotch ripple, pralines and cream: strawberry ice cream can be great, but I have to admit I don’t like big chunks of strawberry in it.

    My favorite ice cream treat lately is french vanilla, (lactose free if possible,) with Smucker’s strawberry syrup. I mix it up with a spoon and blend the syrup into the ice cream so it’s got strawberry goodness through and through.

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