Ice cream (and frozen yogurt) define lazy summer days

Summer started with its always attractive purpose. Right on schedule on June 1st, I recognized the mournful notes of the ice cream wagon, its carnival tune fighting for dominance over my neighbor’s lawnmower drone. The lawnmowers failed as the familiar chimes played over the loudspeaker, set off by the golden light of the sunset.

The ice cream truck song is the unofficial summer anthem. It promises days off, even if trucks these days are blaring it electronically around the neighborhood in Dolby Surround.

But this modern-day herald does not seem to understand the linguistics of the word: herald means “to announce.” To me, that means making your point and moving on.

The ice cream truck song goes on endless repeat until I throw up my hands and say, “Got it! I am coming out of my house now to buy your things!”

I always think I’ve developed a strong immunity to ice cream, but every time I hear the thin song, my salivary glands start pumping and all I can think about is creamy cold treats. This is a perfect Pavlov answer, and anyone who owns an ice cream truck knows it. I’m pretty much a sitting duck.

The truck isn’t a regular occurrence in my neighborhood, but there’s something about the summer heat that naturally associates frozen treats.

If you’re craving ice cream and there’s no nearby truck to drive you around, there are plenty of options if you’re willing to sacrifice air conditioning for a while.

Jenny’s Malt Shop & Diner in downtown Greeley is a blast from the past, serving handmade hard ice cream and 150 flavors of Tropical Snow, the brand’s version of Hawaiian shaved ice. (photo credit Emily Kam)

A few good ice cream (and fro-yo) places in the sprawling neighborhood:

Little man ice cream It opened in Denver on July 4, 2008 and continues to serve fresh homemade ice cream out of the window in its 28-foot milk jug on the west side of I-25 in the Lower Highland neighborhood.

It’s a bit of a thrill for northern Colorado folks, but luckily, there are two areas that get the company’s creamy flavor.

Windsor Lake Coffee430 Main Street, Windsor

When owner Claire Brogden was getting ready to open her beautiful coffee shop at the corner of Fourth and Main streets in downtown Windsor in late 2018, she noticed that Old Town in Fort Collins had just been opened by the Little Man. At 234 N. College Ave.

Brogden emailed the little man to ask if they would approve his shop as a vendor, and before he knew it, the Denver favorite had signed on and even created two custom flavors. Lake Monster (matcha green tea ice cream with raspberry jam and dark chocolate chips) exists because Lake Windsor Coffee is located near the southern edge of Lake Windsor. Another custom flavor is the Cotton Candy Swirl, which matches the vintage vibe defined by the iconic Dolly Madison soda fountain, bar top, and stools from another Denver favorite that made its namesake ice cream treats from 1956 to 2002. has it.

Along with scoops, milkshakes, malts, sundaes and floats, Lake Windsor makes an ice cream sandwich with chocolate chip cookies and vanilla ice cream for a taste of childhood.

COMN Fare at Peculier Ales in downtown Windsor has a bevy of sweet and cool desserts like funnel cakes, funnel cakes and more.  (Photo by COMN Fare)
COMN Fare at Peculier Ales in downtown Windsor has a bevy of sweet and cool desserts like funnel cakes, funnel cakes and more. (Photo by COMN Fare)

Fare COMNInside Peculier Ales, 301 Main St., Unit A, Windsor

As it happens, ice cream is an ideal beer chaser, or perhaps a creamy, cold drink is a palate cleanser. Whatever works for you, COMN Fare has you covered with soft serve ice cream in a cone or cup, hard vanilla soda floats, or a snow cone with shaved ice and the flavor of your choice.

Jenny Malt store and restaurant923 16th Street, Greeley

This blast from the past on 16th Street across from the University of Northern Colorado is where you can be a kid again. Outfitted with a number of tables with bright red chairs and comfy couches, Jenny Garcia and her family have been hand-chugging Tropical Snow’s signature version of Hawaiian shaved ice for 34 years. From 150 flavors, choose from easily recognizable flavors like Blueberry Colada and Mango. Harder to decipher are Qiliping and the newest flavor, Pink Cadillac, but the names alone are worth ordering. You may have to go back several times to find your favorite.

Can’t decide whether to order ice cream or a shaved ice? Order a volcano sno cup – Jenny will scoop a scoop of dreamy ice cream right into the middle of your sno cup.

Rolling back a cup of Sno is guaranteed to melt away your woes (and the heat wave). Brain freeze is part of the deal.

Cool and creamy shakes at Windsor Lake Coffee are made with Little Man ice cream.  (photo credit Emily Kam)
Cool and creamy shakes at Windsor Lake Coffee are made with Little Man ice cream. (photo credit Emily Kam)

TCBY Greeley and Fort Collins, 4530 CenterPlace Drive, Greeley | 100 W Troutman Pkwy, Fort Collins

If you’re looking for a healthy frozen treat, TCBY Yogurt is lower in fat than ice cream and higher in some nutrients—TCBY’s Super Fro-Yo products contain seven different probiotics, live cultures that can boost the immune and digestive systems. . and add a food ingredient. Super Fro-Yo also has at least three grams of fiber, at least 20 percent of the daily value of vitamin D and calcium, and at least four grams of protein.

Health aside, TCBY has plenty of delicious treats to curb your cravings for the creamy stuff, including 10 fat-free and 20 low-fat flavors.

One of the newest summer foods of this store is watermelon syrup. For a refreshing, dairy-free frozen drink, get it as a flavoring with a splash of spritz.

Cold stone creameryWith locations in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins, Longmont and Brighton.

For the ultimate indulgence, Cold Stone Creamery is crushed fresh in each store and then mixed on a granite slab with your choice of candy, fruit, nuts or cookie crumbs. A warning: Cold Stone is rich, filling and decadent. Make it the king of frozen treats and order your concoction masterpiece served in a sprinkle-coated chocolate or waffle cone cup.

Four-year-old Jack Tesca features TCBY frozen yogurt, gummy worms and all.  Photo: Emily Kemme
Four-year-old Jack Tesca features TCBY frozen yogurt, gummy worms and all. (photo credit Emily Kam)

Colorado Proud recipe for pop yogurt

Did you know that Colorado is home to over 200,000 dairy cows?

Cows are central to dairy farms. According to the Colorado Department of Agriculture, farmers work every day to ensure the animals are comfortable, including providing them with nutritious food, clean water, comfortable bedding and regular veterinary care.

Ranchers also care about the environment. A gallon of milk is now produced with 90% less land and 65% less water than decades ago.

Colorado milk can be found in grocery stores, and some dairies, such as Longmont Dairy or Royal Crest, deliver their products directly to consumers’ homes. There are also Colorado-based companies that produce dairy alternatives.

GREELEY, CO - June 27: A cow sniffs at the photographer's stand as more cows gather at the edge of the paddock at Long Meadow Dairy Farm outside Greeley, June 27, 2020. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)
GREELEY, CO – June 27: A cow sniffs at the photographer’s stand as more cows gather at the edge of the paddock at Long Meadow Dairy Farm outside Greeley, June 27, 2020. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)

Yield: 10 ice creams
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10-12 hours

Elements:

• 2 cups – Greek/Australian yogurt, vanilla
• 2 tablespoons – dark brown sugar
•½ teaspoon – cinnamon, freshly ground
• 2 tablespoons – honey, Colorado wildflowers
• 1 cup – banana, fresh, peeled and chopped pieces
• 1 cup – strawberries, fresh, clean pieces, tops and chopped

Preparation instructions:

Wash all tools before use
• Clean and disinfect all cutting boards and surfaces before use
• Read all manufacturer’s instructions before using grills, stoves, ovens, and any cooking tools.

Cooking instructions:

Wash the fruit and prepare it according to the above picture
Add to your blender in this order: fruit, sugar, cinnamon, honey, banana, strawberry
• Pulse until chopped and mixed or blend until completely smooth
• Divide the mixture into 10 silicone molds using ice cream molds (washed, disinfected and dried before use).
• Add reusable poles or tops
Cover and refrigerate for 12 hours or overnight
• Bend the silicone to release the molds and enjoy
•For even faster eating fun…let them soften for 2-3 minutes

Eat!

Recipe by Chef Jason K. Morse, CEC, 5280 Culinary, LLC and Ace Hardware Grill Expert

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