For ice cream! Naturally! The weather has been exceptionally hot here this week and it’s only going to get hotter this weekend! We’re already getting warnings from the National Weather Service about the heat index…and it’s not even officially summer yet! I don’t know about you, but I’m a delicate flower (stop laughing) and just wilt in the heat and humidity! Yes, I’m from the South, and yes I should be used to it, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it! I’m not looking forward to July and August if mother nature keeps this up!
So, this weekend, I’m doing the next best thing to cool myself off. Ice Cream! Yes, scream it with me! Every year, we have a special ice cream social that benefits the Martha O’Bryan Center, a local organization that does amazing work in some of Nashville’s neediest neighborhoods. One of our local milk/ice cream companies is a big sponsor as well. This year is the 25th anniversary, and more than 500 gallons will be on hand!
Today, I had a special opportunity to try out 3 of the flavors that will be featured by the chef at the Martha O’Bryan Center.
Granny’s Sweet Potato Pie – a sugar-free sweet potato ice cream sweetened with agave. I’m not much of a sweet potato fan, but this was really good. It tasted like homemade pumpkin pie, and I do love pumpkin pie!
Van Gogh’s Ear – absinthe flavored ice cream. It is very different. It is flavored with fennel and star anise. It’s light, refreshing, and really reminds me of a sweet fennel flower.
Ovaltine – Chocolate malted milk flavor. This one is great. It has a nice light chocolate taste and has bonus crushed malted milk balls in it. Love the crunchy texture!
When: Sunday, June 13, 4-6pm (entertainment starts at 3pm)
Where: First Presbyterian Church (4815 Franklin Pike)
Tickets: $10 advance, $13 at the door
* Come ready to taste from more than 500 gallons (!) of ice cream.
* Bring comfortable, flat shoes, because it all takes place on the lawn of the church (no heels) .
* Free parking available at nearby schools and churches. Just follow the signs and take the trolley or bus to the ice cream! (like your own personal ice cream truck!)
Updated: We braved the heat and humidity to taste ice cream. It was really yummy! Some of my favorites:
Nanner Nut N Fudge
Strawberry Daiquiri Ice
Butternut (yes, the squash, yum!)
Fire on Ice (wow, that was seriously hot!)