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!

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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.

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DIY Indian Summer Ice Cream Creations

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School is back in session and we’re thinking of autumn, but the central coast is know for its Indian Summers, so make time to start whipping up some tasty and cool homemade ice cream treats to stave off the Indian Summer heat. Be sure to make use of all of the fantastic late harvest fruits available, such as raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, peaches and persimmons, and if you’re not too keen on breaking out grandma’s hand crank ice cream machine, all of the following DIY summer ice cream recipes also work well with electric ice cream churns.

  1. Old Fashioned Tutti Frutti Ice Cream: This flavorful ice cream is a tasty blend of summer flavors, and the best part is that you can really use any fruits you like! A stone fruit is recommended for the base, such as peaches, apricots, cherries, or nectarines, and mashed strawberries, raspberries, and/or blueberries can be added to the mix as well for a pretty swirl throughout.
  2. Key Lime Pie Ice Cream: Key Lime Pie is a favorite summertime dessert for many, and this frozen version is just as satisfying. This homemade ice cream is custard based with a pleasant crunch from the addition of graham crackers, and it’s also delightfully tangy thanks to the abundance of lime zest and juice.
  3. Perfect No-Cook Strawberry Ice Cream: Strawberries are one of summer’s best fruits, and this tasty DIY summer ice cream is easy and flavorful, and does not require any eggs or cooking. Simply mix up a few simple ingredients in your ice cream maker and you’ll have a perfect strawberry ice cream in no time.
  4. Homemade Georgia Peach Ice Cream: Right alongside strawberries, peaches are a highly sought after summer fruit that can be turned into a sweet and creamy homemade ice cream in a snap. Be sure to buy a lot of them, though, because this recipe calls for two and a half pounds of peaches!
  5. Blueberry Buttermilk Ice Cream: End of summer blueberries and rich buttermilk work together to create a surprisingly pleasant and tangy warm treat that will please the palates of youngsters and adults alike.

Be sure to visit us at Harmony Valley Creamery to beat the Indian Summer heat and to share some of our own delicious ice cream flavors!

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All Hail the Ice Cream Cone

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Ice cream just wouldn’t be the same without the cone. Waffle cones, sugar cones, pretzel cones, any cone will do. On September 22nd, we celebrate National Ice Cream Cone Day. As if we needed an excuse to pick up a pint of Harmony Valley Creamery’s udderly awesome ice cream and some cones to honor our favorite dessert!

The ice cream cone was first mentioned in French cookbooks in the early 1800s but it wasn’t until 1902 that a patent was issued to an Italian ice cream merchant named Antonio Valvona for a machine that turned biscuits into ice cream cups. His invention spread across the U.K. but it was a another Italian entrepreneur that introduced the ice cream cup to America. Italo Marchiony was an ice cream vendor in New York City and he applied for a patent in 1903 for his machine that made edible ice cream cups.

The idea really took off in 1907 when Abe Doumar, a quintessential salesman trading in all sorts of oddities twisted a Belgian waffle into a cone and topped it with ice cream to sell at the St. Louis Exhibition of the World’s Fair. His ice cream cones were such a hit that Abe stopped selling his other merchandise and focused solely on waffle cones. He bought a waffle iron that could make 36 waffles at a time and went into the ice cream cone business at a foundry in Virginia.

The ice cream cone changed ice cream forever, giving us the opportunity to take our scoop on the go and sans (without) spoon. So why not celebrate the innovative figures who helped us lick our way through a scoop year in and year out? Buy a pint (or two) of Harmony Valley Creamery’s delicious craft ice cream and don’t forget the cone!

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Word to the Ice Cream Wise: Skip the Ambergris

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As you fill your life with the experience of trying the strange but real ice cream flavors being created by artisan ice cream shops, you’ll find yourself motivated to try every flavor. Marking those unique tastes off your list becomes a badge of honor, and at Harmony Valley Creamery we’re committed to your success in this endeavor. (Start with our six signature flavors!)

However, this bold undertaking comes with some risks. You might, one day, come across a flavor that makes you long for your cookies ‘n’ cream comfort zone. To protect your taste buds, allow us to warn you: skip the ambergris ice cream.

But it sounds so exotic! So flavorful!

It’s flavorful all right, but maybe not in the way you would want. This article on First We Feast offers a detailed description of ambergris:

“Ambergris forms when sperm whales cannot digest squid beaks; the beak gets stuck in the intestines where it is coated with a waxy substance and is somehow released (scientists are not sure if it passes or the whale dies). The ball of ambergris floats along the ocean surface until it’s washed ashore and collected.”

In case that’s not clear, check out this video.

Hold on a second. Why would anyone eat that?

The first documented ice cream recipe comes to us from 1665 and suggests ambergris as a go-to flavor. It was a popular fragrance and flavoring back in the old times, and who knows why the old-timey people did anything. Perhaps their taste buds weren’t as refined. If we had been there, we’d have recommended some Blue Door Butter Pecan or Doo Dah Mint ‘n’ Chip. We’re sorry, history. We were too slow, and you had to eat ambergris because of it.

Fortunately, we’re making up for it now. Even though the whale migration is beginning along California’s central coast, you will not be seeing any ambergris ice cream on our Scoop Truck. Instead, we’ll be serving our craft ice cream in risk-free flavors you know you’ll love. Contact us or visit us on Twitter to stay up-to-speed on the Scoop Truck’s whereabouts and get your non-ambergris ice cream fix.

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Is Craft Ice Cream the new Craft Beer?

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Unless you’ve been living on another planet for the past few years, you couldn’t have missed the rise of craft beer. They (the people who say these types of things) say millennials are driving the craft beer boom with their love for high-quality products. In the United States, there are more than 20,000 brands of beer to choose from, and chances are you could stand right there, spit that beer, and hit a craft brewery.

We’re knee-deep in ice cream and don’t have the beer know-how to claim the craft beer movement has hit its peak, but we are wondering if it’s worth building another two breweries on a block that already has three breweries.

Could it be that people might start taking their hands off the pint glasses and wrapping their fingers around a cone? Is craft ice cream the new craft beer?

Look at the evidence:

  • You can only drink so much beer (right?), but so far we have not seen the end to the amount of homemade ice cream you can consume.
  • We see the desire for high-quality, unique products across numerous industries: handmade jewelry and furniture, artisan cakes and cookies, and, of course, craft ice cream. We all like to know that what we use and consume was made for us with love and care.
  • Harmony Valley Creamery isn’t the only trend-setter. Travel+Leisure highlighted some of America’s best ice cream shops in this 2014 article, where they said these ice cream makers “…champion high-quality ingredients, freshness, and guilt-free indulgence” and “…are all about keeping it real and, of course, homemade.”

We’re with you, ice cream brothers and sisters: high-quality, fresh, and homemade.

Will craft ice cream take over craft beer? Well, no, we don’t think so. Beer has a pretty solid following. But we do believe more and more people will turn their noses up at soft serve and take the opportunity to enjoy a treat that’s a bit more thoughtful, not to mention more delicious.

If you love craft ice cream, contact us or visit us on Twitter so you always know where to find the Scoop Truck, and let your next ice cream cone be a local homemade ice cream experience.

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Happy Root Beer Float Day!

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As far as the major ice cream holidays go, Root Beer Float Day has to be one of our favorites. Mark your calendars: it’s coming up on August 6! We’re so happy it falls on a weekend this year! That way, your job hopefully won’t get in the way of your Root Beer Float-making.

Now, you may still be trying to relax after celebrating Ice Cream Soda Day in June, but you need to rally and get your root beer on. Ice Cream Soda Day encompasses a wide variety of soda and ice cream flavors, and it serves as a warm-up to the main event, where we focus on the traditional root beer with vanilla ice cream.

If you remember your ice cream history, you know that Robert M. Green accidentally invented the ice cream soda when he ran out of either cream or ice (there are two versions of this particular history, but it doesn’t matter because the result was the ice cream soda and we’re forever grateful) when making drinks at a festival in Philadelphia back in 1874.

Interestingly enough, it was just two years later, also in Philadelphia, when pharmacist Charles Hines introduced root beer to the masses at the Centennial Exposition. Though it seems like all good things come from Philadelphia, ice cream was not, to our knowledge, invented there. Still, it found a soul mate in root beer.

The only way to improve upon the work of genius that is the Root Beer Float is to use homemade ice cream! Luckily, Harmony Valley Creamery has you covered. Use a generous scoop or two of our Mayor Freddy’s Vanilla Bean craft ice cream with your root beer for a Root Beer Float Day you’ll never forget. Contact us if you’re concerned about the ratio of ice cream to root beer (we’re going to advise you to err on the side of extra ice cream and a bigger glass), or visit us on Twitter to find out where the Harmony Ice Cream Truck will be churning.

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