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I Scream for Ice Cream

I’m sitting on the couch in a sweatshirt and sweatpants shivering. “It’s so cold in here,” I complain to my husband. “Can you turn off the air?”

Husband, sporting shorts and a tee shirt, plops himself down on the couch. “It’s summer.”

“Not in here it’s not.” I pout.

“If you’re so cold, maybe you shouldn’t be eating ice cream.”

Really? Logic? Is that what you’re going with?

I almost stop mid spoon to roll my eyes. Almost. Any retort must wait until the Edy’s slow-churned rocky road with chocolate sprinkles melts down my throat. Ohh. That’s good.

He knows that for me, ice cream isn’t just a nightly treat. My attachment – attachment sounds so much saner than addiction or obsession – goes much deeper than that.

When I’m sad or stressed, ice cream comforts me. When it’s time to celebrate, it’s a party in my bowl, with happy sprinkles, mini marshmallows and chocolate chips. Every day I find it emotionally soothing, a reward, a gift, but I’m also physically drawn to it.

I want it. I crave it. I must have it. I swap meals for it. I dream about it. I plan my day around it. I bribe my kids to go with me to score a pint. Watching vanilla and chocolate soft serve slowly swirl into a cone leaves me dreamy and relaxed. I carry cones in the side compartment of my car, and my own “mix” of toppings in my bag. I may or may not have picked a lost scoop up off the floor and eaten it. You have no proof.

What? Doesn't everyone carry their own container of sprinkles?

What? Doesn’t everyone carry their own container of sprinkles?

I think it’s genetic. My brother is a great consumer of ice cream. When handed a bowl of titanic proportions, he can be seen raising a mischievous brow and saying with a sarcastic lilt, “This all you got?” My father, basically lives on ice cream and cheesecake, and just might be the most unhealthy person still living.  My cousin, and soul sister, once told me that unless she has to sop up fallen ice cream and squeeze it into her mouth via sponge, she will eat it. And the late great, grand dame of the family, never concluded a meal without dramatically licking her lips before a bowl of chocolate ice cream.

Was there really any hope for me?

So when my husband rises from the couch to go to the kitchen for his own snack, I hand him my empty cup. “Could you get me a refill?” I ask. “And hand me that blanket.”

He rolls his eyes and pulls a sprinkle out of my hair.

Okay, I admit it. I have a little problem.

I’m cold. I’d like to lose five pounds. I’ve probably already had enough… For an elephant. But I can’t help myself. I love it.

Hello, I am Ice Scream Mama. And I am an Ice cream-aholic.

Please don’t send help.




About Ice Scream Mama

Mama to 3 boys, wife to Mr. Baseball and daughter of a sad man. I have a double scoop every day.

51 responses »

  1. What’s your fave brand? Ben and Jerry’s? I used to be able to eat an entire pint of Heath Bar Crunch by myself in my 20s. Now I think about ice cream and gain weight.

    • if i’m out, i favor baskin robbins. but in house, i’m strictly a slow churned edy’s gal! love love love. of course, i only shop in bloomingdales for their pb yogurt!! it is delish!! can’t give it up!! it’s my happy place.

  2. No help needed. Unless, of course, you’re low on sprinkles, then I’ll send in the cavalry.

  3. if you’re ever in the Chicago area , you must must must must try Oberweis.

  4. I also love ice cream and have recently become acquainted with Breyers Girl Scout Cookie flavors. My life will never be the same. And who doesn’t travel with cones and a container of toppings? I mean, that’s just logical.

    • i’ll try not to judge you on the breyers -haha – edy’s actually had that tie-in the last few years before… i loved the samoa cookie one!! and duh!! who wouldn’t travel with accessories! 😉

  5. You know, they say the first step to dealing with an addiction is admitting it. I use to be addicted to Publix Black Jack Cherry until I found their Chocolate Cookie Quarry. I’m trying to control myself so I’m just a weekend recreational user 🙂

  6. I love ice cream too. But more, I love how you love it. And I love the “attachment” rather than the addiction lingo. GO on with your scoops!

  7. That picture of you says it all! Just look at your eyes shining so brightly. Love-true-love! By the way, rocky road has been a consistent favorite of mine since I was eight years old!

  8. I’m totally with you. Though often I eat sprinkles just by themselves…that’s normal, right? My new fave flavor is the private selection (from Kroger?) cinnamon chocolate. It’s amazing and weirdly sort of spicy?

  9. Haha, I love this ode to ice cream! It’s not your fault, it is obviously genetic! I love that you carry your own sprinkles – it reminds me of scene from Selena where her boyfriend whips a bottle of hot sauce out of his pocket haha. You just never know when you’ll need it…

  10. Ahhh, Ice Cream – very yummy but I have to admit, lately I’m not having much. I have a pint in the freezer and it is still more than 3/4 full – shocking!!

  11. A life lived with ice cream is a life worth living.

  12. My fav is chocolate with a lot of other varieties of chocolate mixed in, something like New York Super Fudge Chunk. I like having it with some coffee ice cream too.

  13. It’s a good problem. Oh, I found a new favorite ice cream flavor here in France – salted butter carmel.

  14. Andrea @ Maybe It's Just Me

    Love, love, love! I worked about 20 summers at an ice cream stand (I will give you a second to digest that) The problem is that I got used to having exactly what and how much I wanted (I like a little bit a lot of times)…oh, and there was the FREE part! Thank goodness for these new pay by the ounce self serve places as they bring back some sanity for me!

  15. I loved these lines: Really? Logic? Is that what you’re going with?
    So funny!
    I too love ice cream. LOVE IT!
    A great read. Now I’m off to get a bowl….

  16. I am a fan of ice cream too. I like cocoanut.

  17. I’m not judging because you could just as easily judge my peanut M&M cravings. Plus, ice cream is delicious. I am hungry now. Thanks a lot 😛

  18. I love the picture of you with your beloved! There is just something about ice cream, totally agree! Enjoy!!

  19. didn’t know there were so many addicts out there.

  20. Very entertaining! This sounds exactly like the type of relationship I have with dark chocolate sea salt infused candy bars.

  21. I am so mad at myself that I have recently discovered Peanut Butter Panic ice cream! It calls me every night and I answer!

  22. Um, yum. That’s all I can say.

  23. Seriously, I’m just thinking this through, what will I do if the bloody fridge breaks down in the Outback, and the ice-cream melts? I’m working on it, I’ll let you know what I come up with 😉

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  27. bwahahhhaa. this entry was awesome. i seriously thought i was the biggest ice cream fanatic i know, until i once met another girl who made her own coozies for her ben and jerry pints… and she had tried every flavor made. -_- i couldn’t beat that.

    although i bet you could. your story was awesome. especially with the sprinkle in your hair.

    in the summertime i usually host a “BYOP” (BRING YOUR OWN PINT) of ice cream party. everyone who comes has to bring one. i easily get 20-25 flavors. you should do it…. it will easily stock your freezer =)


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