I Scream, You Scream!
According to industry sources, the average American will consume ice cream 28.5 times this year! In the early June heatwave, MCM Staff Photographer, Jenn Hodney, headed out to some popular local scoop shops to snap some cool (and sometimes melting) confections. Hey – if you’re not EATING ice cream, it’s fun to look at it, right?
For the past several years, ice cream and frozen dessert sales have hovered near $27 billion.
Source: Cargill, Inc.
America’s Top 5
When it comes to the flavor of choice, vanilla continues to be America’s fave in ice cream and novelties, in both supermarket and foodservice sales. Vanilla’s the most versatile, mixing well with toppings, drinks and bakery desserts.
- Cookies ‘n Cream
- Mint Chocolate Chip
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Limited only by the imagination, ice cream manufacturers, scoop shops and chefs constantly come up with new and exciting flavors. For example, Sweet Me Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler Ice Cream, Honey Roasted Peanut Butter Ice Cream and Cool Mint Sandwiches were named the most innovative ice cream products at the International Dairy Foods Association’s annual Innovative Ice Cream Flavor Competition in 2017. Unusual smoky and spicy flavors also made a splash in the competition along with creative takes on caffeinated drink favorites like coffee and tea.
According to the International Dairy Foods Association, most consumers are looking for an indulgence when eating ice cream. So, ice cream manufacturers make sure to offer a full selection of premium and super-premium products in innovative flavors and with such mix-ins as cookies, brownies, candies and cake. While the majority of ice cream sales have long been regular-fat products, ice cream manufacturers continue to diversify their lines of frozen desserts in order to fit into various lifestyles – often called “better for you” products. IDFA.org
3721 Corunna Rd., Flint
3826 Davison Rd, Flint
Cops & Robbers
323 E Main St, Flushing
5515 N Irish Rd., Davison
Feather N’ Fin
7543 Miller Rd., Swartz Creek
Ice Cream Junction
505 N State Rd., Davison
Over the Moon
5158 Lennon Rd., Flint
301 W Main St., Flushing
Uncle Ray’s Dairyland
1462 N. Leroy St., Fenton
11304 S. Saginaw St., Grand Blanc
My City Staff Favorites
An extra-malty vanilla malt
Sherron Barden – Managing Editor
Swirl Soft-Serve or Superman in a Waffle Cone
Jonathan Boedecker – Graphic Designer/Web
Anything cookies & cream
Ashley Clark – Graphic Designer
Cherry Sundae with Chocolate Ice Cream
Kim Davis – Accounting
Halo Top Birthday Cake
Jennifer Hodney – Photographer
Chocolate Almond or Orange Sherbert
Brett LaCross – Graphic Designer
Uncle Ray’s Homemade Yogurt with Blueberries, Raspberries, Peaches, Banana & Pineapple
(Cousin Dave calls it “Vinnie’s Fruit Cocktail”)
Vince Lorraine – Publisher
Vanilla ice cream or a pineapple shake
Vincent Turchi – Account Executive
HÄagen Dazs Coffee Ice Cream
Sandra Warren – Accounting
Photography by Jennifer Hodney