It’s Ice Cream Party Time!

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Ice Cream Party

Few things say “celebration” like ice cream- we go out for ice cream to celebrate special events, we have ice cream and cake to celebrate a birthday- so why not just have an ice cream-themed party? Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, or just a boring Tuesday, if you love ice cream and your friends do too, then throw an ice cream party to celebrate. Here are some great ideas to get you started.

Ice-creamy Invitations

Every fun themed party starts with an amazing invitation- and ice cream parties are no different! A colorful, triple-decker ice cream cone invitation can give your guests the “scoop” on your party, with the reason for the celebration on the top scoop, the date and time on the second scoop, the location on the third scoop, and an RSVP on the cone (so you can make sure you’ve got enough Harmony Valley Creamery ice cream for all your guests).

Delicious Decorations

Get your guests into ice cream party mode with some fun ice cream-themed decorations. Try making your own ice cream cones using balloons and kraft paper, or gather some urns and fill them with tissue paper poufs to create some oversized ice cream sundaes. Don’t forget the straw! If you’re hosting your party at night, using colorful lanterns for your scoops will give you both fun decor and functional lighting.

A Sprinkle of Fun and Games

What’s a party without some awesome party games and activities? Try playing Pin the Cherry on the Cone, or let guests try their hand at breaking open an ice cream piñata. Let kids team up to color their own ice cream trucks and then have races to see whose truck is the fastest.

Once your guests have worked up an appetite, bring out the star of the show and play a fun game of Roll-a-Sundae, where guests get a bowl of plain ice cream (we recommend Mayor Freddy’s Vanilla Bean) and then roll a die to see what toppings they’ll get to use to create their own delicious dessert. Or send them on a Sundae Scavenger Hunt to gather the fixings for a superb sundae.

Frosty Favors

When it comes time to say goodbye, don’t let your guests leave empty-handed. Some cotton candy cones will keep everyone’s sweet tooth satisfied on the way home, or if you want to keep those cavities to a minimum, try serving up nail polish, lotions, and other beauty treats in an ice cream carton with a body scrubber scoop on top.

Kids will love blasting each other with ice cream shooters, or blowing bubbles with ice cream cone bubble bottle necklaces.  Let them play the part of the ice cream man by handing out some soda jerk hats and plush ice cream treats. You can make sure everyone has somewhere to keep their goodies with colorful ice cream tote bags.

As you’re planning your next ice cream party, be sure to invite Harmony Valley Creamery ice cream. Click here to find out where to pick up a few pints near you, or if you’re planning a grander affair, contact us to schedule the scoop truck to come by. We’ll make sure your party is a sweet success and provide cold, creamy, yummy ice cream for you and your guests to enjoy!


Beat An Ice Cream Path On Valentine’s Day

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Valentine's Day Ice Cream

On Valentine’s Day stop thinking it takes a dozen roses or fancy diamonds to make a celebration special, because that’s simply not true!  Everybody loves ice cream, and what could be more romantic than sharing some memorable moments with your sweetie this Valentine’s Day over a big bowl of craft ice cream from the udderly awesome Harmony Valley Creamery? It’s all you need to put a Valentine’s Day smile on your sweetheart’s face.

Chocolate is a lover’s delight and an all-time favorite, Harmony Chapel Chocolate with your Valentine is a great choice, and as we say at Harmony Valley Creamery, “this chocolate ice cream’s so good you might want to marry it!”

Another fine choice for you and your sweetheart would be a pint of School’s Out Strawberry. WARNING: Eating a bite of this craft ice cream may make your heart skip a beat!

And if you really want to get your taste buds to dancing then share a scoop or two of the famous Doo Dah Mint N’ Chip. This scrumptious flavor will freshen your breath for a Valentine’s kiss.

Even though Valentine’s Day rolls around only once a year, you can still enjoy the craft ice cream from Harmony Valley Creamery seven days a week, all year long! Get your appetite ready, skip lunch if you want and go for the best ice cream you’ve ever tasted.


Ditch the Wedding Cake – Serve Ice Cream!

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Ditch the Wedding Cake - Serve Ice Cream!

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Planning a wedding? Looking for a fun alternative to a traditional wedding cake? Now picture this: Harmony Valley’s vintage Scoop Truck dishing out fabulous craft ice cream on your big day. Not only will it be an adorable addition to your summer wedding, but also a huge hit with your guests. With all the options offered, everyone will be enjoying their favorite treat.  As the old adage says, “we all scream for ice cream”!

Why spend valuable planning time debating over cake flavors when we can pull up and offer something for everyone? Your guests will choose a cup, cone, or mini cone of one of our rich signature flavors, or even enjoy a refreshing root beer float. You may even want to provide your guests with a table of toppings for some added fun.

There’s no doubt, summer weddings in California can get hot. You and your guests alike will have a blast cooling off with our ice cream.

Not so sure about ditching the cake for ice cream? Serve both! Honestly, is there any better combination? A big scoop of Mayor Freddie’s Vanilla Bean is guaranteed to significantly increase the yum factor of any cake.

Why choose Harmony Valley? When you book our Scoop Truck, you are supporting local ice cream and local dairy farming. It’s a choice that isn’t just good for your wedding – it’s good for the community.

For more information, please visit our website and fill out our contact form. We can discuss your wedding and come up with the perfect package to fit your needs for the special day. Haven’t tried our craft ice cream yet? Click here for a list of shops to pick up a pint, or follow us on Twitter to see where our Scoop Truck is scheduled to be next. And don’t forget… ice cream makes everything better!


Eat Ice Cream For Breakfast Day!

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Are you ready for the upcoming holiday? No, not the Super Bowl or the one celebrating love and romance, the one celebrating good tastes.

The first Saturday every February is Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. It’s an important holiday, and it’s been around longer than you might think.


It was started in the 60’s by a mother trying to entertain bored children who were snowed in. They, naturally, grabbed on to the idea of having ice cream for breakfast, and passed it on to their friends and carried it on with their own children. The family traveled widely, spreading Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast wherever they went, and now it is celebrated all over the world.

You definitely want to jump on this bandwagon.


Yes, ice cream for breakfast might even be good for you. A widely reported 2016 study by Yoshihiko Koga suggested that people who ate ice cream for breakfast performed better at tests of mental agility by having faster reaction times and better information-processing results. It’s been criticised – ice cream vs. fasting leaves the question of whether other foods would have the same results – but is still widely talked about. (We all want good reasons to do something fun!)

Additionally, ice cream (and food formulas similar to ice cream) has been demonstrated in a much less controversial study to cause happiness, as in, a single spoonful of ice cream activates the same pleasure centers in the brain as winning money or hearing your favorite song.

A jolt of happiness is not a bad way to begin a day. And this Saturday is the day to try it out for yourself.


Take a moment to imagine the ways to celebrate this holiday. A bowl of your favorite ice cream to start out the day. You have an excellent excuse for the indulgence – it’s how you celebrate the holiday!

Celebrate by yourself – ice cream is good alone. Make yourself a large, elaborate sundae, with all the toppings and flavors you want. It’s a holiday – go all out!

Celebrate with your family. Holidays are great family events. And think about the looks on your kids’ faces when you tell them that, because of the holiday, breakfast is ice cream today. (You might want to plan an after-breakfast trip to a park, a zoo, or some other place they can run off the sugar rush.)

Make your significant other ice cream in bed for breakfast. Dishes optional.

Celebrate with a group of friends – a build-your-own-sundae party is always fun. Everyone bring a favorite flavor and topping to brunch, and see what you end up with.

Go ahead, pick up some udderly awesome ice cream, and get ready to add Ice Cream for Breakfast Day to your holiday traditions. We bet that it will rapidly become a favorite!


It’s National Strawberry Ice Cream Day!

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National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

Here in Harmony, when there’s a holiday that fits us as perfectly as National Strawberry Ice Cream Day, you know we have to shout it from the rooftops!


January 15th is National Strawberry Ice Cream Day, and while it may seem like an odd day to celebrate an ice cream- with it being in the chill of winter for much of the rest of the country- it’s actually kind of perfect, because Presidents’ Day follows right after in February, and did you know that strawberry ice cream was served at James Madison’s second inauguration in 1813?

Strawberry ice cream has a rich history, and it also has roots right here in California, because the Golden State produces 80% of the country’s fresh strawberries, according to the University of California Cooperative Extension. Approximately 22,000-25,000 acres of our state are dedicated to growing strawberries each year- four times any other state- producing an average of 1.5 billion pounds- that’s a LOT of strawberry ice cream!

But never mind the numbers- if you’re as excited as we are about celebrating this “berry” sweet holiday, visit your local grocery store and pick up some Harmony Valley Creamery School’s Out Strawberry Ice Cream and celebrate National Strawberry Ice Cream Day with us! Our creamy berry blend has just the right amount of tart and sweet- thanks to those authentic California strawberries- to tickle your tastebuds and make you feel like school’s just let out for the summer.

If you want to really celebrate in style, try our School’s Out Strawberry Ice Cream as the filling for this Strawberry Ice Cream Pie, or as the star ingredient in this Yummy Strawberry Shake.

Check out our Where to Buy page to find the Harmony Valley Creamery supplier closest to you.  If you local market doesn’t carry our Udderly Awesome craft ice cream, be sure to ask them to.

Oh, and in case we forgot to say it, HAPPY NATIONAL STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM DAY!!


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Harmony Ice Cream for the Holidays

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Holiday Ice Cream

The holidays are here, family gatherings are being planned, and final touches on menus leave us anticipating a delicious home-cooked meal. But we all know that the best part of any holiday meal is dessert, of course!

For the traditionalist at heart, serve up a scoop of Harmony Valley Creamery’s Vanilla Bean ice cream alongside pumpkin pie, pecan pie, or cranberry crisp. Or, mix it up, live on the edge, and create new traditions by serving banana splits with a mix of our flavors, or whip up a cool Mint ‘N Chip shake.

Stock up your freezer now in preparation for the arrival of your out-of-town guests. Give your guests a taste of small batch goodness, rich and creamy decadence, and the simple pleasure of enjoying local craft ice cream. Pints are now sold at these markets:

For a fun outing, bring your guests to the town of Harmony on weekend afternoons and get a dairy-licious scoop of small batch craft ice cream from our Scoop Truck. It’s sure to be a pleasing treat for young and old alike.

Wish you didn’t have to drive so far to get your scoop fix? Tell your local market manager about us to get our pints available close to home. Seeing you happy makes us happy…one delicious spoonful at a time.

We’d love to hear from you! Tell us your favorite flavor, ask us a question, or tell us a joke. We are all udders and ears – contact us today!


Harmony Ice Cream Gives Back

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You probably already know that one lick of our craft creamy ice cream makes your taste buds dance. But did you also know that buying Harmony Valley Creamery ice cream is a choice you can truly feel good about? We’re not just bringing craft ice cream to our corner of California, we’re doing what we can to give back to this great community.

1% For the Planet is an international network of businesses, nonprofit organizations, and people who have come together to support the environment. This organization helps its members find trustworthy environmental causes they can support through financial donations, volunteer work, and in-kind donations. Working together can be an amazing force, and 1% For the Planet is dedicated to harnessing that power for our world. We are all for a healthy planet (after all, it’s where we find our favorite cows), so we’re proud to say we’ve joined forces with them.

Of course, our heart is always local, so the local environmental cause we’ve chosen is The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County. Specifically, we’re supporting their Octagon Barn restoration project. This historic landmark was just about to collapse. Now it’s being restored to become a great public space where people can learn about agriculture in our area. You could say we’re pretty fond of cows and barns around here, so it’s a natural fit for us.

So the next time you decide to treat yourself to some of our ice cream, you can feel even better about it than ever. Not only do you get to enjoy delicious ice cream, made from the highest quality ingredients, you’re supporting a family owned business that is giving back to the community. Whew! That might just deserve an extra scoop.

To learn more about Harmony Valley Creamery and our commitment to the community, contact us or visit us on Twitter.


DIY Ice Cream Sundae Tips

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The ice cream sundae is the height of decadence when it comes to dessert (or breakfast…we’re not here to judge). What other treat has so few rules and so many possibilities? You can easily screw up a tiramisu or a chocolate cake, but there’s no way to ruin an ice cream sundae. (Unless, maybe, you pull out the anchovies.)

Just like you want a strong foundation when you build a house, your sundae needs a strong foundation, too: Harmony Valley craft ice cream. The right homemade flavor sets the tone for your entire treat, and you’ve got several incredible signature flavors to choose from. Try some of these delectable sundae combinations:

Mayor Freddy’s Vanilla Bean

  • Apple pie filling, cinnamon, and whipped cream.
  • Crushed pretzels, chocolate hazelnut spread, and sprinkles.
  • Pineapple, shredded coconut, and coconut cream.

Harmony Chapel Chocolate

  • Peanut butter, peanut butter chips, and peanuts.
  • Marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate sauce.
  • Toffee, butterscotch syrup, and walnuts.

School’s Out Strawberry

  • Crushed shortbread cookies, fresh strawberries, and whipped cream.
  • Bananas, hot fudge, and walnuts.
  • Rhubarb sauce, crushed graham crackers, and whipped cream.

Local Yodelers Cookies ‘N Cream

  • Cookie butter, chocolate chips, and chocolate sauce.
  • Fresh blueberries, walnuts, and whipped cream.
  • Brownie, chocolate sauce, and cherry pie filling.

Doo Dah Mint ‘N Chip

  • Mint liquor (adults only!), chocolate sauce, and whipped cream.
  • Crushed Oreos, shredded coconut, and mint chocolate chips.
  • Raspberry jam and chocolate chips.

Blue Door Butter Pecan

  • Crushed bacon, maple syrup, and extra pecans!
  • Crushed vanilla wafer cookies, caramel sauce, and toffee.
  • Bananas, butterscotch syrup, and whipped cream.

Those ideas should get you through a couple of weeks, but after that you’ll have to start developing your own flavor combinations. The good news is that you really can’t go wrong, especially when you start with our craft ice cream. Pick up a pint (or 18) at your local market, or keep an eye on our Twitter account so you know where to find the Scoop Truck! If you have any questions about building the perfect ice cream sundae, don’t hesitate to contact us we love sharing ideas!


Straight from the Dairy Farm

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Ever wonder who puts the cream in our signature craft ice cream?

Dairy cows, silly!

Our cream is straight from the dairy farm, based right here in Southern California.

We are so proud to work with local businesses to bring creative ice cream flavors and sweet creations to Harmony. Today, we’re excited to share more about our dairy supplier, Scott Brothers Dairy.

Scott Brothers Dairy is a family owned operation that was founded by Ira J. Scott in 1913. The Scott family has been perfecting their craft for four generations.

Each day, tanker trucks of milk from the family’s dairy farm in San Jacinto are brought to the creamery in Chino. In Chino, the dairymen test the milk, then move it through giant silver tanks for pasteurization. The creamery produces all sorts of products, from sour cream and yogurt to the delicious cream that we use in our treats.

Scott Brothers Dairy is committed to sustainable agriculture, and have adopted practices to preserve Southern California’s beauty. This means using solar panels and raising happy, healthy cattle. Over 1,000 cows live on the Scott Brothers Farm and eat feed grown right on the farm. The low-stress life the cows lead means they produce more milk naturally, without the use of bovine growth hormone (rBST).

The Scott family believes that dairying is such a rewarding experience that they hope to someday bring micro-dairying back to Harmony. Harmony was once a major dairy and creamery producer, and the return of micro-dairies could be the future of farming here in Southern California.

To learn more about Scott Brothers Dairy, contact us.