Summer is the Best Season – Summer Hours

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It’s finally here! Summer!! And you know what that means…. summer hours! While the Scoop Truck is normally open during weekends only, during summer, the truck is open EVERY SINGLE DAY. Hours are extended too! Summer hours are from 11am – 5pm in Harmony, CA.

Now we all know that summer is the best season because Scoop Truck hours are extended, which equals more ice cream of course… but there are plenty of other reasons why ice cream in the summer is the best.

  • Summer is hot, ice cream is cold. So simple. So pure.
  • Summer love leading to summer break-ups? Don’t worry, Harmony Valley Creamery is here for you every day.
  • School is out for summer…kids love ice cream…. need I say more? (Try our School’s Out Strawberry, just sayin’)
  • HVC is ready to help you cool down man’s best friend too… pups love our ice cream. It’s true!
  • You can get HVC at the Scoop Truck in Harmony, but also at several locations around town, including Cal Fresh in SLO, Spencers in Morro Bay, Rexall in Los Osos and more!! Watch out for HVC on Ralph’s shelves coming so0n!
  • Harmony’s Cows are the cutest cows in the world (ok, that one is an opinion!)
  • Tiny towns yield huge happiness factor – and HVC has a new sitting area right next to our updated DIVCO Scoop Truck!
  • Finally, WHY NOT!?

Now, remember, HVC has our 6 core flavors of Schools Out Strawberry, Harmony Chapel Chocolate, Blue Door Butter Pecan, Doo Dah Mint ‘n Chip, Local Yodelers Cookies ‘n Cream and Mayor Freddy Vanilla Bean, but you can also get our Cowtown Coffee Bean and Shoreline Salted Caramel Swirl at the scoop truck! Now, those are a special treat.

You can also find us at several events coming up throughout the summer, including San Luis Obispo’s Farmers Market every Thursday night starting at 6pm, Harmony’s Wine and Beer Festival coming up on August 3rd in Harmony, and many more… Check out our calendar for all of the latest events.

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National Ice Cream Soda Day

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Today, June 20, is National Ice Cream Soda Day, and well, you don’t have to tell me twice! Whether it is one of the most popular ice cream sodas, like the root-beer float, or a less common straight-up beer float for those 21 and over, this frothy drink is comprised of any carbonated beverage and any ice cream. According to punchbowl.com, ice cream sodas were invented by Robert Green in 1874 during Philadelphia’s 150th anniversary celebration. It is believed that Mr. Green added vanilla ice cream to the soda he sold after he ran out of ice. He was so proud of his invention, he even had it engraved on his tombstone! Others have also tried to claim the title of “inventor of the ice cream soda” but, well, there claim isn’t chiseled in stone!

Now besides the great choice of a root-beer float, there are other great ice cream soda combinations out there. Try the Boston Cooler, for example. This ice cream soda combines ginger ale and vanilla ice cream. Some claim that although this has Boston in the name, it originated in Detroit… we will let Michigan and Massachusetts battle that one out!

Another fun ice cream soda that we can definitely get behind is the Purple Cow. Can anyone say “Moo?!” This fun sounding drink is made with grape juice and vanilla ice cream… well, you had us at cow. And of course, it get its name from the gorgeous purple color… dreamy.

But wait, there’s more… June 20th was such a great day, they gave it another high honor, National Vanilla Milkshake Day. Wow. Ice Cream float for breakfast and vanilla milkshake for lunch? Hey, why not? It’s a free country! Now it’s beyond us how you will decide whether you want a Mayor Freddy’s Vanilla Bean Milkshake or an ice cream float – or both – but either way, Harmony Valley Creamery has you covered.

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Wacky Regional Ice Cream Flavors

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Across the country and beyond, people young and old will be enjoying ice cream as a delicious way to cool off this summer. But who will be serving up vanilla and who will be chowing down on obscure flavors you’ve never heard of? Read on to learn about some of the wacky regional ice cream flavors being served around North America this summer!

Blue Moon (also known as Smurf)

In the upper-Midwestern states, Blue Moon ice cream is known for it’s distinctly fruity taste and unparalleled ability to stain the clothes of young children. Originating at a creamery in Michigan, the flavor became a regional favorite, inspiring other local creameries to hop on the Blue Moon bandwagon. Popular among them is the Kings Island amusement park in the Cincinnati, Ohio area where blue soft serve cones known locally as “Smurf Ice Cream” are served, paying homage to a much-loved, now defunct, ride featuring the small blue men.

Superman

With the success of Blue Moon, Michigan continued to innovate its wacky flavor offerings. Superman ice cream, a vibrant mixture of red, blue and yellow ice creams, is another favorite that you’ll find only in the upper-Midwestern states. Taking a cue from the colors of Superman’s cape, the original flavor profile of Superman ice cream featured Blue Moon, a strawberry-flavor known as Red Pop and lemon ice creams. As its popularity grew, various versions of Superman ice cream emerged, some containing a mixture of three different ice cream flavors and others containing only vanilla ice cream with copious amounts of food coloring added.

Grapenut

While the Midwest was experimenting with bold colors, New England was taking a more natural approach and churning out Grapenuts ice cream. The recognizable crunchy pellets are blended into vanilla custard, where they soften ever-so-slightly, providing the ice cream with their signature nuttiness and crunch. When the locals really want to have some fun, they have been known to top this wacky concoction with regionally-produced maple syrup. While this is a flavor unique to New England, this is an easy DIY ice cream that you can recreate in your own kitchen. We recommend starting with a rich base of Mayor Freddy’s Vanilla Bean.

Tiger Tail

In Canada, Tiger Tail ice cream is a popular, albeit unusual, combination of flavors that the locals will be enjoying all summer long. Orange ice cream featuring a black licorice swirl, the colors are reminiscent of a tiger, hence the playful moniker. While Canadian children and adults alike enjoy this wacky combination, it has not been a hit stateside. Because of that, Tiger Tail ice cream remains an obscure regional delicacy left to be enjoyed across the border.

There are no shortage of ice cream flavors that, while different and unexpected, have gained popularity and devoted followings. What are some wacky flavor combinations you’d like to see? Talk to us and who knows? You might be responsible for the next Instagram-able local ice cream!

P.S. Today is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, swing by the Scoop Truck in Harmony, CA this weekend from 1-4pm for a scoop of our delicious Harmony Chapel Chocolate!

 

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Ice Cream World Records – The Tastiest Challenges Ever!

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Ice cream is one of the most popular treats in the world. In fact, the average American eats about 5.5 gallons of ice cream every year; and that’s only second to the number of gallons per person (7.5!) eaten in New Zealand every year. So, of course, people all over the world attempt to break world records involving ice cream readily because who wouldn’t enjoy putting in all the practice? Ready to learn about a few of those records and possibly start strategizing ways to beat them? Here we go…

Most Ice Cream Scoops Balanced on a Cone

Dimitri Panciera of Italy set the world record in 2016 for the single largest scoop of ice cream at 6 feet 4 inches tall and 1 foot 10 inches wide. He didn’t stop there, though, in 2017 he set another world record by balancing 121 ice cream scoops on a single cone.

Most Ice Cream Eaten in 6 Minutes

Miki Sudo set this world record at the Indiana State Fair in 2017 by eating 16.5 gallons of ice cream in only 6 minutes. She managed this by eating exactly 2.75 pints (about 1/3 of a gallon) every minute!

Longest Ice Cream Sundae

At 1 mile in length, an ice cream sundae built at the Spirit of Texas Festival in Wolf Pen Creek, Texas, set the world record in 2018. The concoction contained 500 gallons of ice cream, 2,000 cans of whipped cream, and 20,000 cherries.

Largest Ice Cream Scoop Pyramid

This world record was set in 2017 by Diplom-Is AS of Sweden. The pyramid weighed 1,102 pounds, stood 3 feet 7 inches tall, and contained 23 layers of scoops. It took a team of 278 people to build the pyramid.

Tallest Ice cream Cone

Hennig-Olsen Is AS and Trond L Wøien of Norway set the world record in 2015 with an ice cream cone that measured 10 feet 1.26 inches from the tip of the cone to the top of the scoop. After winning the record, the ice cream cone was transported by helicopter to be divvied out to people attending the Tall Ships Race in Kristiansand Harbour, Norway.

If looking at these world records is sending your craving for ice cream out of control, contact us at Harmony Valley Creamery where our fans believe we set the record for the best craft ice cream in the world!

Sources:

https://www.icecream.com/icecreaminfo

http://www.bravotv.com/blogs/italian-man-broke-guinness-world-record-most-scoops-ice-cream-cone

http://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/2017/08/15/woman-breaks-ice-cream-eating-world-record-at-indiana-state-fair.html

http://www.foodandwine.com/news/worlds-longest-ice-cream-sundae

http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/largest-ice-cream-scoop-pyramid

http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/largest-ice-cream-cone/

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What Flavor Should We Make Next?

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When we start talking about ice cream flavors, our imaginations run sweet-creamy-wild. There are just so many possibilities! And then we start wondering, when are we going to find time to make all these homemade ice cream flavors, let alone eat them?

Obviously, we need to slow down and create a plan, and that starts by narrowing down our flavor options. In fact, let’s narrow it down to one (for now): what flavor should we make next? What flavor do you want to see lining the freezer shelves at your favorite local market? What flavor do you want to overflow from your next cup or cone? We recently made Malene Wines Rose Ice Cream for La Fete Du Pink Rose festival… it was a hit. Is that something we should bring back? Do you have other ideas? Here are a few ideas to get you thinking like we do:

  • Sea Salt Brownie
  • Pineapple Coconut
  • Birthday Cake
  • Green Tea
  • Pistachio
  • Cookie Dough
  • Blueberry Cheesecake
  • S’mores
  • Peanut Butter Cup
  • Honey Lavender
  • Mexican Hot Chocolate

Once we get rolling, it’s hard to stop.

We recently introduced two new craft ice cream flavors to our lineup (scoop truck exclusives). We hope you’ve had the opportunity to enjoy a scoop or six of Cowtown Coffee Bean and Shoreline Swirl Salted Caramel, both separately and in the same bowl, and possibly on the side of cake or in an ice cream soda. (You want to get the full experience, after all.)

Now tell us: what flavor would you like to taste next? Obviously, it’s not limited to the list above. That’s just what we scribbled on a napkin during our mid-afternoon craft ice cream break. What flavor calls out to you, begging to be scooped and enjoyed?

Let us know! You can catch us on Instagram (@hvcreamery), Facebook, or contact us any time with your flavor ideas. And who knows? We might be scooping your flavor creation on the Scoop Truck soon!

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What is Small Batch Ice Cream?

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“Small Batch” is all the rage these days, and for good reason. We’ve known about the power of the small batch way before it became as cool as craft ice cream itself. But what does it really mean?

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There are a couple of options when it comes to producing anything. You’ve got mass production, in which something is made around-the-clock, ongoing, forever. Then you’ve got batch production, where the process stops after the batch is complete, and begins again with a new batch. There are several advantages to batch production:

  • Quality Control: Each small batch of homemade ice cream is made with care and love. We know exactly where our ingredients come from, and we mix them in the precise formulation to create the local ice cream treat you know and love.
  • Variety: Small batches allow us to experiment, and let us tell you, the only thing more fun than experimenting with new craft ice cream flavors is, well, eating them.
  • Flexibility: Imagine what would happen if Californians suddenly decided all they wanted to do was eat School’s Out Strawberry ice cream all day for six weeks and we couldn’t shift our focus to make sure the freezers stayed stocked. With small batches, we can make what’s needed, when it’s needed.
  • More Flexibility: Let’s say we decide to change a recipe. This is hard to imagine, because why mess with perfection? Still, it could happen, for reasons. With small batches, it’s simple! We just finish the current batch, then start the next batch with the new recipe.
  • Special Flavors: You can make special flavors for special occasions, like our Malene Wines Rose Ice Cream, that we did for the La Fete Du Pink Rose Festival on April 13th, 2019. Yum!
  • Small Business Friendly: There are only so many of us! If we had to spend all our time making craft ice cream, we wouldn’t have any time to eat it.

Harmony Valley Creamery exists not merely to create cold treats, but to create the best craft ice cream on the California coast and beyond. Crafting in small batches is one way we ensure you always get the best scoop possible.

If you’re wondering where you can find some batch, local ice cream for yourself, contact us!

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The Science of Ice Cream

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When tasting the smooth cream of this frozen treat do you ever wonder, “What makes ice cream so perfect?” The answer may not be “magic”. But, there is a science behind your best ice cream experience.

What is Ice Cream?

A unique combination of firm and soft mixed together to form this iconic treat. At its core ice cream is a successful emulsion of fat into water, sugar, and ice with air mixed into the batch. An emulsion is a mixture of two substances that typically separate (like oil and water). But, instead mix together to form the consistent creamy base used for ice cream. It’s Science!

What is Ice Cream Made From? And Why?

All ice cream have the same basic parts: ice crystals, air, fat, sweeteners, and other solids.

Ice Crystals

Size of the ice crystals determines how smooth the texture of the ice cream will be. Larger crystals make a grainy texture, while smaller ice crystals create a smooth texture.

Air

Air makes up a varying sized chunk of ice cream and effects its texture, volume, and flavor. Anywhere between 30% to 50% of ice cream is air and called “overrun”. Lower quality ice creams contain high overrun and melt faster with more air. Air also prevents ice cream from tasting too sweet by slowing down flavor release in the mouth.

Fat

Fat provides the richness and taste that make ice cream so delicious. It is usually buttermilk fat and it also gives stability to the base mix and smooths the texture.

Sweeteners

Sugars (such as sucrose or glucose) or other sweeteners (honey or syrups) are not just added for flavor. These sugars lower the freezing point of the ice cream which prevents it from turning into a block of ice.

Other Solids

There are several other ingredients that complete the formation of ice cream. These components are:

  • Emulsifiers: Milk products prevent fat in the base clumping together. Lecithin (found in egg yolk) replaces milk products to allows air to mix into the base.
  • Stabilizers: These prevent large crystals and absorb any liquid left in the ice cream. Usually, these are gelatin or egg whites but can be vegetable gums.
  • Flavorings: These are the extra chunks added such as cookie dough to add taste and change texture.

The Freeze

The final step in understanding about ice cream’s science is freezing it. The base mixture is being whipped to add in the air while freezing. After this process, the only thing left is eating! Here at Harmony Valley, we love the understanding the science that brings to life this delicious treat! To try out how yummy science is finding out where to pick up one of our amazing pints or find our Scoop Truck here.

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Try Rosé Ice Cream for One Day Only

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Are you a fan of Rosé? Are you a fan of ice cream? How about Rosé ice cream?! If you answered yes to those questions, you should definitely get tickets to La Fete Du Pink, a celebration of Rosé at the newly renovated La Lomita Ranch, located at the gateway to Edna Valley in San Luis Obispo. Grand oaks and green peaks circle the La Posada & Hacienda beside a cool blue pond while light and shadow dance against the arched exterior of the luxurious private suites and event venue.

The main event is on Saturday, April 13th from 1pm to 4pm. Limited Stay Rosé VIP event tickets and two nights lodging at this stunning property with VIP and overnight packages are available as well.

But, let’s revisit that Rosé ice cream for a minute shall we? This is a special blend available for ONE DAY ONLY! This delectable dessert is made by blending Rosé wine and then reducing it down into a luscious syrup. The finished product is an amazingly unique ice cream with notes of sweet raspberry and rose petals. Are you drooling yet? Now, don’t fret, after you have had your fill of the Rosé ice cream, you will also be able to have our staple flavors of Mayor Freddy Vanilla Bean, Harmony Chapel Chocolate, School’s Out Strawberry, Local Yodelers Cookies N’ Cream, Doo Dah Mint N’ Chip, and Blue Door Butter Pecan. And, don’t forget our Scoop Truck exclusive flavors Cowtown Coffee Bean and Shoreline Salted Caramel! For more information on our ice cream, visit HarmonyValleyCreamery.com.

Now, back to the Rosé! Featured wineries include Two Moons Cellars, Onx, Biddle Ranch Vineyard, Tru Win Co, Chemical Vineyards, Malene, Liquid Farm, Jack Creek Cellars, Armas de Guerra, Margerum Wine Company, Scar of the Sea, and Baileyana, Tangent and True Myth. Grab your girlfriends, grab your special someone, grab your neighbors and join us for La Fete Du Pink on April 13th!

This event is for 21+ only. Visit www.lafetedupink.com for tickets and more information.

 

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Ice Cream’s Biggest Fans (You May Have Heard of a Few)

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What’s one thing you have in common with past presidents, A-list actors, famous music stars and the royal family? No, it’s not that you put on your pants one leg at a time (although we’re fairly confident that’s accurate as well). What you and these influencers both share is a love of ice cream! Read on to discover which famous faces know what you have known all along–that ice cream is the best way to keep (and be) cool!

The Forefathers of Our Country

While we’ve all seen candidates on the campaign trail enjoying local ice cream for a photo op, what’s less known is that the connection between the Commander-in-Chief and ice cream go back hundreds of years! A merchant in New York recorded that George Washington spent $200 on ice cream during the summer of 1790. That’s nearly $5,300 in today’s money! Because ice cream was so pricey to make and store prior to refrigeration, most Americans still hadn’t tried this delectable treat. Third President Thomas Jefferson, however, is responsible for bringing ice cream to the American masses, serving it often at the President’s House and even leaving behind a copy of his recipe.  Another presidential lover of ice cream was none other than Abraham Lincoln, who was such a fan that ice cream was served at his second inauguration.

Every Celebrity in 2018

Since it’s debut in Manhattan in 2016, the Museum of Ice Cream has been inspiring scores of celebrities to publicly profess their love for the creamy treat. Featured in four cities (including two in our own California!), famous faces from Steph Curry and David Beckham to Gwen Stefani and Beyonce have all made the pilgrimage to pay homage to the undisputed King of Desserts.

And Speaking of Royalty…

Marie Antoinette may be credited for saying “let them eat cake”, but other royals held ice cream in much higher esteem. From King Charles I’s love of “cream ice” to Catherine de Medici’s introduction of frozen desserts to the French, royalty has long had a love-affair with ice cream. Need more proof? Ice cream trucks were featured at the latest royal wedding!

The Sweet “Truth”

Hundreds of years and a veritable boatload of famous names can’t be wrong. Ice cream reigns supreme! Who are some of your favorite famous ice cream lovers? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

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Cake + Ice Cream, A Match Made in Heaven

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Is there anything better than dessert at the end of a romantic date? We don’t think so. So, surprise that special someone and pair a great homemade ice cream with a moist and fluffy cake, and you are in lover’s heaven. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, we have compiled a few of our favorite combinations for you to try!

A Twist on Strawberry Shortcake

The first is combining our School’s Out Strawberry with a light and fluffy Angel Food Cake. Add our delicious strawberry ice cream and blueberries to your fluffy, delicate cake. School’s Out Strawberry is made with California strawberries and adds the perfect pop of “love-ly” color, so it is a perfect addition to your celebrations.

Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Cake

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and relationships, now if your sweety loves those chocolate sandwich cookies with cream in the middle, there is nothing better than a cookie’s and cream ice cream cake. Use our Local Yodeler’s Cookies n’ Cream ice cream for your next homemade ice cream cake. The base is our velvety vanilla ice cream and is filled with chunks of cookies.

Tart and Sweet

Sometimes, opposites attract, so that’s why we suggest a sweet and sour pairing. Put Mayor Freddy’s Vanilla Bean with a lemon or coconut cake. Our vanilla flavor comes from Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans, so it would go perfect with any cake, but why not give it a fruity twist.

Feelin’ Adventurous

If you are looking to impress your “main squeeze” with a delicious cake and amazing ice cream, we have a few suggestions for you, the adventurous date. You could pair a German chocolate cake with our Blue Door Butter Pecan. Our sweet and salty pecan filled craft ice cream makes a decadent and unique pair with the coconut, chocolate, and pecans of the German chocolate. Another fun pairing is a white chocolate mint cake with our Doo Dah Mint ‘N Chip. The rich white chocolate with the decadent dark chocolate and fresh mint is a unique combo that will make everyone happy. The best part of our Doo Dah Mint ‘N Chip is there is no added green food coloring, and we use real mint leaves. In fact, you can see those little mint pieces if you look closely at your ice cream!

So, this Valentine’s Day, surprise your loved one with something delicious. We hope you try one of our ice cream and cake combinations. Let us know how it goes when you do! If you’re interested in any of our other craft ice cream flavors, you can check them out here!

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