Ice Cream Man Smackdown!

When I was little I lived in a California neighborhood with a zillion kids. With zero knowledge of the impending video game era, we entertained ourselves easily with outdoor games such as hide-and-go-seek and kick-the-can. Sometimes we just sat on the curb of the street and talked, or raced tiny paper ‘boats’ in the sprinkler run-off in the gutters, chasing them until they fell into the sewer drain. Because we were in California, it was almost always hot, and because we were outside, we always heard the music from the ice cream truck as it began to approach us from several blocks away. The music sent us into a frenzy, racing for our houses to look for change… in our piggie banks, under the couch cushions or in the bottom of Mom’s purse. My favorite Ice Cream Truck treat back then was the Missile Pop– a red, white and blue monstrosity of a popsicle.

Nowadays, we see only the occasional ice cream truck… at the park or at a school event. The kids still play outside- spying, riding bikes, playing whiffle ball- but no ice cream truck comes through our neighborhood. Instead, I have to create the excitement by announcing to the kids what flavor ice cream I have churning. They’re always a little blown away that’s it’s homemade. No one does that, at least no one around here. (Except me, of course) 🙂

Here are three flavors I’ve churned up this summer that’ll rival that Ice Cream Man & his truck full of treats any day:
Adapted from David Leibovitz, this one was a delicious choice to play with a bunch of fresh figs. I’d have to say that I think you’d probably have to like figs in the first place to enjoy the ice cream. You definitely taste figs, and if you love figs… you’re likely to love this too.

I made this one because I promised a little girl in the neighborhood that I would make her some strawberry ice cream… just for her. The smile she gave me when I brought it to her house was priceless. I heard that she gobbled it up, reluctantly shared it with her sisters, and made sure she had some saved for the next day.

Let me put it to you this way: If you’re a cheesecake lover like me, you’re gonna like this one. It tastes just like blueberry cheesecake. The good news is that this is a lighter ice cream recipe. It’s 268 calories for 2/3 cup (and 6 Weight Watcher points, for those who are counting). It’s worth the calories, but there might be an issue with stopping at just 2/3 of a cup 😉

Oddly enough, I was at the park with a few Moms and their kids just a couple of days ago when an ice cream truck rolled up- blaring its music and sending all of our children into frantic-mode.  None of us had any cash with us so we had to send our sulking kids back to the playground without a frozen treat.  I found myself wondering, though, if that ice cream man had a red, white and blue Missile pop hidden somewhere inside his truck.

Each of the ice cream recipes can be found by clicking on the recipe titles above.

The figs and strawberries used in the making of these treats were picked up at my favorite San Diego produce warehouse:  Specialty Produce.

Other delicious ice cream flavors on the blogs:
Use Real ButterToasted Coconut Ice Cream
Smitten KitchenButterscotch Ice Cream
What We’re EatingLemon Cheesecake Ice Cream
Joy the BakerBanana Pudding Ice Cream

35 Responses to “Ice Cream Man Smackdown!”

  1. postedAug 24, 2009 2:59 AM

    My vote goes for the fig ice cream. When I was a kid I never knew what a fig was, so this would be a great intro.

    You bring up a good point about the ice cream trucks. I rarely see them anymore either. Too much of a liability, maybe? I dunno I guess times change.

  2. postedAug 24, 2009 3:00 AM

    What a nice post. I have similar memories of the ice cream truck in my neighborhood. Your ice cream looks yummy!

  3. postedAug 24, 2009 5:03 AM

    There is actually an “ice cream truck” that drives through our neighborhood now and then, blasting his music, and sending all the kids into frantic money-hunting beasts. : ) Unfortunately, all he sells are snow cones! For a buck! I’m a bit incredulous about it actually. Can you tell?

  4. postedAug 24, 2009 5:22 AM

    Oh my word I love that blueberry sour cream ice cream!!! When my son was little we had an ice cream truck that went through our neighbor hood just about every night in the summer. They knew my son by name. One night he had just gotten out of the bath tub,he heard the little jiggle of the truck. He ran downstairs with a towel wrapped around his waist, threw the front door open and yelled STOP!!!! That’s my boy!!! LOL!!

  5. postedAug 24, 2009 5:58 AM

    I just love your blog !
    What a nice post !
    I’m originally from Brazil -where there are no ice cream trucks. living in NY sate for the last 24 years,I must say,that I love it when my daughter runs in the house for change because the ice cream truck is coming down the street.
    It comes every day in the summer ! Of course she dose’t get an ice cream everyday, but I just love this american tradition.It is a memory that I’m sure we’ll both treasure forever.
    oh, by the way – I love making my own ice cream and trying new exotic flavors, but I make them with rice milk,since I’m lactose intolerant. This week’s flavors were mango and coconut/marshmallow.
    I’ll try your fig recipe. It looks yummmy !

  6. postedAug 24, 2009 6:50 AM

    I will take a scoop of each:) Homemade ice cream is the best!

  7. postedAug 24, 2009 6:55 AM

    What a smackdown indeed! You put the ice cream man to shame!

  8. postedAug 24, 2009 6:57 AM

    I love those ice cream flavors, especially the blueberry cheesecake!!!

    We have an ice cream truck that comes through our neighborhood on the weekend. Problem is this guy goes so fast that we are never able to get our money together and out to the street fast enough! SLOW DOWN ICE CREAM TRUCK!!!

  9. postedAug 24, 2009 7:21 AM

    Oh my goodness, these look scrumptious!

  10. postedAug 24, 2009 8:15 AM

    I can’t pick a favorite. They all look so good!

  11. postedAug 24, 2009 8:37 AM

    Gorgeous ice cream! I happen to have a bunch of fresh figs to use up – I think I’m going to try your recipe!

  12. postedAug 24, 2009 9:20 AM

    Loving your blog! That post just sent me down memory lane – so nice =) The fig recipe looks amazing, must give it a try! I have a feeling rosemary would go very well with fig. Hmmm…

  13. postedAug 24, 2009 11:03 AM

    I remember the same except that living in NYC you shouted up to your mom and she threw you down some money, usually some change wrapped in a dollar bill. The best were the shaved ice that was sold out of a little cart.

    My children and they’re friends have become accustomed to me cooking, baking,and churning. :)First thing they do when they come for a visit is to find out what’s on the menu. LOL.

    Cheesecake ice cream is one of those flavors I haven’t gotten around to making yet but will soon.

  14. postedAug 24, 2009 12:35 PM

    Oh my goodness…those photos are drool worthy!
    Our ice cream man always comes by too quick…we never have time to run in and get change. That’s the bad thing about living near the entrance to our subdivision!

  15. postedAug 24, 2009 1:48 PM

    I never did get any of your ice cream in Lake Tahoe – I will beg you to make some for us if we come to see you in Green Harbor next summer. I still remember the joy of hearing that far off tinkling of the truck – hoping it was coming down our street next!!

  16. postedAug 24, 2009 4:06 PM

    I still love those Popsicles you describe – although I call them bomb pops! I didn’t grow up in a neighborhood, so no ice cream truck for me. But now I do live in a neighborhood with one, and it makes me smile when I hear the music coming down my street.

  17. postedAug 24, 2009 3:38 PM

    It all looks great but I would love to get hold of that blueberry cheesecake cone! Yum!

  18. postedAug 24, 2009 5:03 PM

    The ice cream truck still comes around here a couple times a week. My son knows it as the music truck because I don’t want to deal with the begging for a treat.

    Love the pics. I am intrigued by the fig, I bet it is awesome! Was that pic taken with a different camera than the others…I think I remember you saying you got a new one.

  19. postedAug 24, 2009 6:30 PM

    I just love your site. I have not made one recipe I haven’t loved! My husband is enjoying it alot too. I have been trying a new recipe every night for weeks now. I have you on my side bar on my blog. 🙂 Thanks!

  20. postedAug 24, 2009 8:00 PM

    I think you need to start your OWN ice cream truck. Witht those luscious flavors, you’d have lines around the block.

  21. postedAug 24, 2009 9:54 PM

    Great flavors!
    I was just at a dinner party tonight where we were talking about the Good Humor man and his white uniform.

  22. postedAug 25, 2009 3:49 AM

    OMG – you are so seriously making me want to make ice cream. I don’t have any room in my freezer to get my container in there. WAAHH~

  23. postedAug 25, 2009 5:31 AM

    When my husband and I were newly weds 40 years ago, we had a dog that would wait by the fence for the ice cream truck. With his sense of hearing, he could hear the familiar music before us. We always got a treat for him!!!!
    Your icecream looks yummy!!!!

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  25. postedAug 25, 2009 6:51 AM

    I just recently made the fig ice cream for a dinner party. I paired it with Dorie’s gooey chocolate cakes and it was perfect. I think it would have been a little too “figgy” all on its own. The blueberry cheesecake ice cream looks fabulous!

  26. postedAug 25, 2009 9:39 AM

    Beautiful!!! I’ll take yours over the ice cream man’s ANY day!

  27. postedAug 25, 2009 12:48 PM

    the fig looks very interesting. blueberry cheesecake is one of my favorites. it’s ok. WW gives 35 extra points each week 🙂

  28. postedAug 25, 2009 1:31 PM

    I am SO loving making homemade ice cream this summer!
    The one and only (so far) time we’ve ever seen the ice cream truck around here the boys HAD to get something. I’m sure they still had the red, white and blue pops, but here’s the monstrosities my boys chose.

  29. postedAug 26, 2009 12:39 PM

    Love the blueberry shot! Perfection.

    I made the ice cream bars from the August issue of Gourmet with homemade ice cream, but other than that,my machine has been idle.

    You’re in inspiration!

  30. postedAug 26, 2009 2:00 PM

    Oh, I bet the blueberry cheesecake is amazing!!!

    I seem to remember getting a Mickey Mouse pop and it was always a little disappointing. Homemade…much better! 🙂

  31. postedAug 26, 2009 3:00 PM

    Okay, I have read way too many posts about ice cream for never having made it. What’s wrong with me? How can I be so in love with figs and never tried fig ice cream? Maybe because everytime I have figs, I just wanna roast them with stinky cheese on top. I see that changing soon!

  32. postedAug 26, 2009 5:58 PM

    Oh my goodness you are going to be famous with these recipes! I am telling everyone about you! Tonight we tried the hearty beef stew (crock pot) and I have never had better!! The night before we tried the Chipolte shrimp pasta, wow!! We are getting spoiled over here. Your recipes are making me looking really good! :}

  33. postedAug 26, 2009 6:00 PM

    Oh I almost forgot, I made the banana bread yesterday also. Really good!

  34. postedAug 31, 2009 2:07 AM

    A fig ice cream sounds so good!

  35. postedSep 11, 2009 8:54 AM

    OMG, great blog, I love it, so cute and awesome recipes, I’ll probably always come back…good job
    kisses xxx

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