CLOSE
Original image

Ben and Jerry Exposed?!

Original image

I had no idea that July was National Ice Cream Month, or else I would have been indulging far more frequently (I hate to let a good national observance go uncelebrated). Anyway, in honor of the great event, I started doing some digging. And while I found standard ice cream facts, like that people in Omaha, NE supposedly eat more ice cream than citizens of any town in Florida or California, or that a dollop of vanilla was offered to immigrant at Ellis Island as part of their "Welcome to America" meal, I was most interested in the stories of Ben and Jerry.

I'd read a long time ago that the famous duo was debating whether to produce bagels or ice cream. And while there's no mention of that on their website, according to the Ben and Jerry's history page, Ben dropped out of college twice (Colgate and Skidmore), and worked all sorts of odd jobs (from a Pinkerton security guard, to a night mopper at a Jamesway, to pottery wheel delivery man. What an exciting life! Jerry on the other hand, was pre-med at Oberlin, and was rejected from med school twice before he and Ben decided to combine their superpowers and create some of the most delicious ice cream on Earth. And thank God they did"¦

Of course, the most fascinating things to me were that:
a) that they made friends in high school gym class while running on the track at the same lagging pace,
b) that they used to practice carnival tricks together, like breaking cinder blocks with a sledgehammer on each other's bellies, and
c) that they learned how to make ice cream through a $5 correspondence course from Penn State.

Original image
Little Baby's Ice Cream
arrow
Food
Pizza and Cricket Cake Are Just Some of the Odd Flavors You'll Find at This Philadelphia Ice Cream Shop
Original image
Little Baby's Ice Cream

Ice cream flavors can get pretty out-there, thanks to the growing number of creative scoop shops willing to take risks and broaden their customers’ horizons beyond chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Intrepid foodies can cool off with frozen treats that taste like horseradish, foie gras, and avocado, while Philadelphia's Little Baby’s Ice Cream is pushing the boundaries of taste with chilly offerings like everything bagel, Maryland BBQ, ranch, and cricket cake.

Cricket-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

Everything Bagel-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

As Lonely Planet News reports, Little Baby’s Ice Cream launched its first signature “oddball” ice cream—Earl Grey sriracha—in 2011. Since then, its rotating menu has only gotten quirkier. In addition to the aforementioned flavors, customers who swing by Little Baby’s this summer can even try pizza ice cream.

The store created the savory flavor in 2011, to celebrate neighborhood eatery Pizza Brain’s inclusion into Guinness World Records for its vast collection of pizza memorabilia. The savory, Italian-esque snack is made from ingredients like tomato, basil, oregano, salt, and garlic—and yes, it actually tastes like pizza, Little Baby’s co-owner Pete Angevine told Lonely Planet News.

Pizza-flavored ice cream, made by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

“Frequently, folks will see it on the menu and be incredulous, then be convinced to taste it, giggle, talk about how surprised they are that it really tastes just like pizza … and then order something else,” Angevine said. “That’s just fine. Just as often though, they’ll end up getting a pizza milkshake!”

Little Baby’s flagship location is in Philadelphia's East Kensington neighborhood, but customers can also sample their unconventional goods at additional outposts in West Philadelphia, Baltimore, and a pop-up stand in Washington, D.C.’s Union Market. Just make sure to bring along a sense of adventure, and to leave your preconceived notions of what ice cream should taste like at home.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

Original image
Warby Parker
arrow
Space
Warby Parker Is Giving Away Free Eclipse Glasses in August
Original image
Warby Parker

When this year’s rare “all-American” total solar eclipse comes around on August 21, you’ll want to be prepared. Whether you’re chasing the eclipse to Kentucky or viewing it from your backyard, you’ll need a way to watch it safely. That means an eclipse filter over your telescope, or specially designed eclipse glasses.

For the latter, you can just show up at your nearest Warby Parker, and their eye experts will hand over a pair of eclipse glasses. The stores are giving out the free eye protectors throughout August. The company’s Nashville store is also having an eclipse party to view the celestial event on the day-of.

Get your glasses early, because you don’t want to miss out on this eclipse, which will cross the continental U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. There are only so many total solar eclipses you’ll get to see in your lifetime, after all.

SECTIONS

More from mental floss studios