A familiar bell rings in the distance.
Mr. Softee was one of the staples of growing up in New York City, along with the Good Humor man. But I hadn't had a Mr. Softee in - oh, 50 years?
I didn't even know they existed any more.
I had to have a Mr. Softee. My friend's husband bought me my favorite, a soft vanilla cone. No sprinkles, no gunk, just pure vanilla pleasure.
I need to explain that Mr. Softee is a brand of something we call soft ice cream, or, sometimes, "custard". I'm not sure how popular it is outside the United States, but, even today, it is popular where I live in upstate New York. The soft ice cream is normally eaten on a cone, sometimes with sprinkles, or fudge topping (which freezes into a hard shell). The favorite flavors are vanilla and chocolate, but, more recently, exotic flavors have joined the ranks. And, for those lactose intolerant (as one of my childhood friends is), there are even milk-free varieties.
In the summertime (and this is still true today) ice cream trucks cruise residential neighborhoods, bells ringing, and stop every couple of blocks so the neighborhood children, clutching their money, can buy some spur-of-the-moment ice cream.
What happens when you try to relive your childhood memories? Memories of food - taste, texture, and events surrounding the food are some of my strongest childhood memories.
So, I decided to go on You Tube, and, to my delight, I found I wasn't the only one who remembered Mr. Softee. But, good news - they still exist.
This video shows the soft ice cream being served, and shows a vintage ice cream tune music box.
Sometimes, though, other things happens when you try to relive your childhood. Like when I ate that ice cream cone above.
I had already eaten dinner, and I ended up with a stomach ache.
Why am I reliving childhood food memories?
Several weeks ago, I was invited by an Indian blogger, who goes by the name of Bellybytes, to participate in a weekly meme called "FlavoursomeTuesdays". I promised her I would participate, and then life happened - more than once.
But I am finally posting today, and keeping the English spelling of (what we spell as "flavorsome") flavoursome, to keep the flavor. So, if you have a food memory to share, why don't you participate, along with Bellybytes and Shilpa and me on #FlavoursomeTuesdays with "your droolworthy memories of food."
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