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

posted on August 24, 2009 by Lori Lange

Categories: Uncategorized


  1. 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

  2. postedAug 31, 2009 2:07 AM

    A fig ice cream sounds so good!

  3. postedAug 26, 2009 6:00 PM

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

  4. 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! :}

  5. 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!

  6. 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! 🙂

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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 🙂

  10. postedAug 25, 2009 9:39 AM

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

  11. 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!

  12. postedAug 25, 2009 5:46 AM


  13. 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!!!!

  14. 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~

  15. 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.

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