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I Scream. I Scream. Ice Cream...

As we know, Ice cream is one of the most beloved treats in the world. It transcends borders and cultures, capturing the hearts of young and old alike. Its popularity endures through the ages, and its consumption is not just limited to hot summer days but extends throughout the year—even cold ones.

For me, ice cream is linked to fond memories of my childhood. The excitement of hearing the ice cream truck's bell ringing, running to my mother, yelling, "The Ice Cream Truck's coming, the Ice Cream Truck's coming!" and begging her for money before the truck gets away. Running full speed or peddling like a wild child by bike to get ice cream. The joy of holding those coins in my hands, facing the pictures of all the choices plastered on the truck. A drumstick? A bomb pop? An ice cream sandwich? So many delicious choices—I have no idea how the Ice Cream Man had so much patience.

The Creamery at Thee Abby Kitchen in Arcadia Vally. Hand made scoop ice cream with sprinkles if you want—yup, add the sprinkles please.

Well, don't just look at it. The Ice Cream Man is Coming!

It is believed that the Chinese were the first to create ice cream around 2000 BC. They mixed snow or ice with milk and fruit to make a refreshing, cold dessert. In the 13th century, Italian scholar Marco Polo introduced a more refined form of the dessert to Europe upon returning from his travels in the Far East, where he encountered the Chinese delicacy. In the 18th century, ice cream arrived in the American colonies. The founding fathers, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, were known to be fans of this delectable treat. Ice cream gained popularity in the United States during the 19th century, especially after hand-cranked ice cream machines were developed, making it easier to produce and enjoy at home.

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Dairy-free ice cream at Sugar Chic Creamery in Cape Girardeau. Looks and taste soooo good.

One of the primary reasons people love ice cream is the delightful sensory experience it provides. The cold, creamy texture tantalizes our taste buds, offering a pleasant contrast to the warmth of our mouths. Studies have shown that consuming ice cream can trigger the release of endorphins, the brain's feel-good chemicals, leading to an instant mood boost and stress relief. This psychological aspect plays a significant role in why people often turn to ice cream as a source of solace and pleasure during emotional times or as a reward for accomplishing something.

Hand-made ice cream sandwiches at Sara's Ice Cream & Antiques in Ste. Genevieve. You know you want one!
What's not to smile about?

Whether it's a birthday party, a family outing, or a date night, ice cream often takes center stage as a celebratory treat. It brings people together and fosters a sense of community and togetherness. Moreover, ice cream parlors have become iconic meeting spots, encouraging people to share moments of joy with friends and loved ones.

Wonderfully delicious Old-time Root Beer Floats and Phosphate Sodas at Num Num's in Marquand.
Yum Yum!

Ice cream shops like Lix Frozen Custard in Farmington, Sugar Chic Creamery in Cape Girardeau, Thee Abby Kitchen in Arcadia Valley, Num Num's in Marquand, Rich's Frozen Custard in Festus and Sara's Ice Cream & Antiques in Ste. Genevieve keeps our tongues happy all year long.

Rich's Frozen Custard in Festus. A handful of yummy.

The sensory pleasure and psychological comfort these ice cream parlors bring are one of the most rewarding Get Out There I can offer to the readers of the 573. Get Out There!

words and pics by Das Editor

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