1500 Miles, One Scoop of Ice Cream

Last week Jae of Lit and Scribbles replied to a comment I made on her blog with, “Thanks. I do love epic adventures! And ice cream. So what kind is it there in your profile pic?”

That is ice cream I traveled 1500 miles for.

Four Sates, One Scoop

Technically, I went on a road trip to visit a grad school program at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah.  The tour was great, and I got free chocolate milk.  BYU chocolate milk is a close second to BYU ice cream.

Before leaving Southern California, I put three ice chests in the car: one for cold drinks, and two to transport BYU ice cream back to California.  We had snacks, drinks, and supplies for peanut butter and jam sandwiches in case of emergency.

Then, my friend Tamara and I took the long and winding trek from Southern California to Utah.  We carved across the Pear Blosom Highway, which looks remarkably like the exotic landscape Prince Phillip and Mulan gallop across in the Season 2 opening  of ABC’s Once Upon A Time.

The Highway leads to the Interstate 15, and a long haul through the wide, empty expanses of the Mojave Desert, a gas and bathroom break in Barstow, and then on to Nevada.  Once past the border and Primm, Nevada, civilization seems to disappear until reaching the Dalek and construction ridden corridor passing through Las Vegas.

Must blend in with road before we exterminate Vegas. Exterminate!

Perhaps the Daleks are holding Las Vegas hostage by their perpetual maintenance of the freeway?

Vegas used to include the last In and Out along the 15, which made it a necessary stop.  However, there are now several in Utah, making this location a little less exciting.  A small part of my childhood gone.

Another expanse of emptiness follows Vegas, broken by a brief oasis in Mesquite.  Then on to the winding path through an Arizona canyon.  It’s a beautiful place, despite the pavement in severe need of an overhaul.  Perhaps Arizona should borrow the construction Daleks from Vegas.  The cliff sides are an iron-rust red, with faces seemingly carved in the rock.

Once in Utah, we wound through the remnants of the desert and up into the forested mountains past Cedar City and Brian Head, and then to the valley of civilization where Provo lies.

Provo lies between two mountain ranges, and is a beautiful place in the Spring.

Blossoms on the BYU campus

However, the most beautiful site of all is:

The ice cream is made from milk produced at BYU’s own dairy farm.  It is smooth and creamy, with delicious, original, and distinct flavors.  Standing at the counter, selecting which ice cream to have is a difficult decision.  However, there is time for deliberation due to the long line.

Here’s a list of flavors:

Banana Fudge
Banana Nut
Bishop’s Bash
Brownie Nut Fudge
Caramel Cashew
Cherry Cordial
Cherry Nut Divinity
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Chocolate Fudge Mousse
Coconut Joy
Cookies & Cream
Earnestly Chocolate
Egg Nog (1 case)
English Toffee
German Chocolate Crunch
Graham Canyon
LaVell’s Vanilla
Lemon Sherbet
Lime Sherbet
Mint Brownie
Mint Chocolate Chip
Mint Cookies & Cream
Orange Sherbet
Party Time
Peanut Butter Cup
Peanut Butter Trails
Pralines & Caramel
Raspberries & Cream Cheese
Raspberry Sherbet
Really Raspberry
Roasted Almond Fudge
Rocky Road
Sparkle Sherbet
Strawberry Sundae Crunch

Maybe I should have brought six ice chests…

On the day, I went with the classic Peanut Butter Cup because peanut butter cups are my favorite food.  In a future blog post, I’ll have to explain the differences between Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Cups, and others.

Here’s the full picture:

I can taste it from here… yum.

And, here’s my road trip buddy:

This ice cream is gooooood.

We returned to our lodgings, which were at the house of my dad’s best friends from college.  There, we were provided with great company, and a delicious steak dinner.  The next morning, after french toast and a nice visit, we went to the local grocery store and got several large blocks of dry ice.

Then, we went once again to the Creamery and packed in eight half-gallons of ice cream and began the 12 to 14 hour trek back across the Mojave desert and to California.

When home, the ice cream lasted about two days, and my family could have eaten a bit more.

Other Notable Ice Creams:

1. My favorite ice cream available locally is Thrifty’s Mint & Chip flavor sold by Rite Aid Pharmacy.

2. Every single visitor’s center in Yellowstone National Park sells ice cream, and is a great break between watching geysers and buffalo.  Also, some employees compete on the size of a single-scoop.

3. Amorino is an Italian ice cream company with stores in Europe and at least one in New York.  My sister Katherine visited every store she passed when she lived in Paris, France for a month.

Here’s a picture of our grandmother, who is the inspiration for our love of ice cream, with her Amorino’s cone while visiting with Katherine in Paris.

Good grandmas know good ice cream

Perhaps New York or Paris should be my next ice cream road trip.

Side Note – Trip Highlight:

John, my dad’s best friend, took Tamara and me on a tour of the BYU Physics laboratory.  He supervises fixing and maintaining all of the ridiculous equipment.  I got to see the coldest and hottest elements on Earth, a mirror being polished to go into a satellite, a completely sound proof room, a Kinect being adapted for an interactive display on an early electron isolating machine (I think), and lasers.

It was like walking through a Doctor Who episode.

I scanned it with a sonic screwdriver.

How far have you driven for ice cream?  What’s your favorite flavor?  What is the best ice cream brand?  What would a laser flavor ice cream taste like?

37 thoughts on “1500 Miles, One Scoop of Ice Cream

  1. Your comment about the Daleks gave me a nearly unstoppable fit of the giggles. I’m still smiling now and I’m certain my BFF will ask me what’s so darn funny when I run into one of those construction cones again. Now I’m REALLY glad I asked about your pic. This post was fantastic!

    And speaking of ice cream, if you ever venture up north again, there are three places I’ll have to recommend. One is way up north, like Idaho/Wyoming north near Palisades, I think Swan Lake. They boast themselves the home of square ice cream. They’ll give it to you in a square, and it’s pretty good. Second a little closer in Idaho Falls is a place called Reed’s Dairy. Their chocolate ice cream is heavenly, and may even give BYU’s a run for its money.

    Lastly, I think there’s one in Vegas, but I know there’s one in St. George, and that’s Nielson’s Frozen Custard. I always get a chocolate concrete with cookie dough, but chocolate concrete with oreo is good, and often any of their flavors of the day. Soooooo tasty! So, if you’re ever in any of these neighborhoods, you must give them a try and let me know what you think. :D

    • Next road trip, here I come.
      My family has discussed ways to incorporate Bubba’s, a delicious BBQ place in Idaho Falls, into their multi-state vacations. Hooray for good food in far places.

  2. I admire and envy your road trip for the perfect ice cream. When we return to Central New York, we always stop in Carvel’s. If Heid’s in Liverpool still has an ice cream store, I’d return for raspberry custard ice cream dipped in chocolate … or pumpkin ice cream.

    My fave ice cream stop in Florida is Ben and Jerry’s … yum. Let No Ice Cream be Left Behind. :-)

    Thanks for visitng my blog and commenting.

  3. Here, in the far west of West Wales (near where Christian Bale was born, by the way, if you’re interested) my favourite ice cream flavour last year was Celtic Chocolate, so called because it had chocolate, of course, and I presume whiskey, though I don’t normally drink the stuff.

    This year? Can’t say I’ve sampled much, as our British summer has mostly been a wash-out, apart from when the Olympics and Paralympics were on. (You may have seen the pics of Queenie watching the Jubilee boat procession down the Thames in the rain. London doesn’t have pea-soup fog any more, it has pea-soup rain.)

    • But, does Christia Bale like Celtic Chocolate too?
      As for the weather, I live in an odd corner of Southern California where we have “June Gloom.” I don’t think it matches what I’ve heard of the pea-soup fog of England, but most of June is usually between 60 and 65 degrees. This July was a bit cool, and August had more foggy days than not. Last week – the first week of October – was a heat spell at 80-90 degrees (I don’t know what the conversion is from Farenheit to Celsius. 60-65 is sweatshirt/long sleeve weather, and 80-90 s t-shirt, shorts, and ice cream weather. We Americans have very silly measurement systems).
      I’ve worked at summer camps with foreign exchange staff. The staff from around the world, including England, would come with us to the beach in June and be disappointed by the overall fog. July and August were usually better examples of Southern California sunshine.

      • We had Fahrenheit until we adopted the metric system at the end of the last century (though somehow we’ve kept pints and miles) and so I still have an inkling of what you’re talking about. I find that it’s useful to remember that 16 degrees C is 61 degrees F, while 28C is 82F. I can then guestimate the rest!

        I’m sure American measurement systems are no sillier than most which are born out of a mix of traditions. By the way, the Fahrenheit scale is named after an 18th-century scientist of German extraction, born in Poland but who lived in Holland. When the UK announced it was going to switch to metric, there were complaints that we were abandoning traditional ‘British’ measurements. Ha!

  4. *drool* No, can’t compare with that epic journey (love the canyon). Have been known to travel some 20 miles for a cone of Freddo’s Double Caramel – but then, we do take in a movie as well. Few movies outclass the ice cream, though.

    • My sister has experimented with pop rocks on s’mores. It’s an interesting experiment. It could make an exciting ice cream.

    • How do you double stuff a Reese’s cup?
      I personally like the miniature cups because they have a perfect balance of chocolate to peanut butter.

  5. Those are some good burgers, Walter ;) Oh, and your mention of Yellowstone reminded me of Grizzly Berry. It was delish! I love road trips through the desert. I took one from Phoenixe to Teluride a couple years ago. I loved watching the landscape’s gradual changes. Yeah, my friend did make me stop at the “four corners” attraction. How embarrassing…

  6. For the love of ice cream! What a fun quest you went on! My mouth watered over the choices and now I have a very large craving for frozen deliciousness. Thanks for sharing your story!

  7. Ice cream…that’s a pretty good reason to take a 1,500 mile roadtrip through the dessert. Actually, I think it may be the perfect reason! I fell in love with gelato on my first trip to Italy and subsequently gave myself persmission to eat it up to 3 times per day while visiting. I figure, it’s only for a few days at a time and I’m walking my butt off anyway ;) There’s a honey flavored gelato at San Crispino (near the Trevi fountain) that’s to die for. If you’re looking for another road trip–Portland has some fantastic ice cream sandwiches made by Ruby Jewel, with flavors like salted caramel and honey lavender. Man, now I am really craving some ice cream!

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