When the family would go on a road trip, we always stayed at a Howard Johnson motel. I was fascinated by the bright orange roof, the swimming pool at the back of the "motor lodge", and, most importantly, their restaurant offered a whopping 28 flavors of ice cream! Not that it mattered, I always wanted chocolate, with sprinkles. I still remember my father only ordered vanilla, my mom was a coffee flavor girl, my aunt (always watching her weight) would get sherbet. Sometimes she would chill and order pistachio. My uncle was a butter pecan kind of guy.
When La, of A Musing Potpourri, announced her ice cream social for National Ice Cream Day on July 17th, I couldn't narrow it down to one ice cream treat for this post. I did my top three favorite ice cream desserts, in no particular order:
A root beer float. One of my first dates when I was in high school was to drive over the Verrazano bridge to Staten Island, play a round of miniature golf, and stop at A&W's drive-thru for a clam roll and root beer float. The waitresses were definitely "older" but they wore roller skates! They would glide up to the car, take your order, and roll back carrying your tray. You could also speak into a little metal box if they didn't notice your car sitting there.
|The foam fizzled fast!|
These glasses have to be 60 plus years. There are no markings, but they have a Quaker couple on one side and a church on the other. I used to call them "Pilgrim" glasses, later on I referred to them as "Sunday " glasses (because of the church). My mother told me they were for ice cream sodas.
|A hot mess but oh so good!|
Last but not least, a black raspberry ice cream pie, with cream and lemon curd topping in a sugar cone crust. This recipe is adapted from the Gingercreek Cooking School in New Jersey (they are very small and have no website).
Original recipe called for strawberry ice cream with lime curd. I could not find either strawberry ice cream (?!) or lime curd, and I checked several stores. The conical ice cream scoop is an homage to Howard Johnson, as their scoops were always triangular, not rounded. My scoops failed as it wouldn't release easily.
|Wrapped in plastic to keep in freezer until I made the topping|
These desserts were prepared over the course of a week, not all in one day :-) . Just sayin'.
I hope you enjoyed them. I will be joining the following linky parties. Please be sweet and drop by. A big thank you to all our hostesses.
|I put the slice back! I felt a little guilty, and I want to save this for a special houseguest|
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