I have a rule about buying ice cream in the supermarket: I don’t. The first reason is that I will eat it. I will know that it is sitting in my freezer, the carton calling me like Poe’s tell-tale heart. I won’t able to forget it’s there until I consume it all. If I really want ice cream, I must be prepared to leave the house for it.
The second and equally important reason is that most commercial ice cream isn’t all that good. And I want the fat and empty calories to be worth it.
Then The Hub developed his dairy allergy. It seemed cruel to say “let’s get in the car and go someplace where you can watch me eat ice cream.”
As I lingered by the supermarket freezer case one day, selecting coconut milk ice cream for him (it’s not bad, but it’s not ice cream), I saw that North Carolina now has an answer to Ben & Jerry’s. Front Porch is made in Mooresville, N.C. in a range of Southern food-inspired flavors. The original store, Mooresville Ice Cream Company, has been scooping since 1924.
Then I saw three of the 15 flavors: sweet tea, peach and banana pudding. I felt I should, in the interest of research, sample them. The sweet tea includes chunks of cake and the banana pudding has bits of vanilla wafers. The peach has nice chunks of peach. Each tasted very real. Not too sweet. Not gummy as I’ve found supermarket ice creams to be.
Right now, I’m trying to forget that cartons of the blackberry and butter pecan are in the freezer. But I hear the throbbing.