April 17, 2007

It's Free Cone Day

…at Ben and Jerry’s.

The closest participating B&J scoop shops are on Bannister’s Wharf in Newport and in Providence on Thames St. Not really convenient.

But if you’re near one, I suggest you find your way over there after noon.

Mark your calendar, though, because May 2nd is Baskin Robbins Free Scoop night. And there’s one of those very nearby home and work.

Posted by James at April 17, 2007 9:53 AM
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There is a Ben & Jerry's downtown. Hopefully it won't be too mobbed after school.

Posted by: Jim at April 17, 2007 10:16 AM

Hmmm. I was planning to walk to Harvard Square after work anyway to check on the availability of a favorite microbrew at a local wine shop. I might just have to extend my soggy stroll. All in the name of exercise, of course.

Ice cream on a cold, rainy April evening. Yeah, I must be from New England.

Posted by: Mike at April 17, 2007 10:20 AM

You are one lucky guy. My access to Ben & Jerry's is pretty much limited to whatever pints I can get at Shaw's and Stop & Shop. Neither of them are carrying Americone Dream or that Willie Nelson Peach & Hash* thing.

(*The part about the hash is only a wishful rumor.)

Posted by: Julie at April 17, 2007 10:39 AM

The Baskin Robbins thing - is that free or is it still 31 cents?

Posted by: Julie at April 17, 2007 10:49 AM

I'm seriously debating a trip to Providence...

Posted by: Sara at April 17, 2007 11:27 AM

Ah ice cream... I remember ice cream. *sigh* Enjoy your ice cream. :-)

Posted by: Chuck S. at April 17, 2007 1:32 PM

When we got there it was raining. (Which isn't surprising given the weather we've been having up here...)

The line was about 1/2 hour long for us. If you're reading this right after I write it, you may still have time :-)

Posted by: Jim at April 17, 2007 6:38 PM

Julie, according to the Urban Legends Reference Pages, Baskin-Robbins hasn't held a free scoop promo since 2004. They do something called 31 cent scoop night (why is it that the cent sign has disappeared from keyboards?).

See the following link:


Posted by: Patti M. at April 18, 2007 8:53 AM

Crap - now I'm going to have to scrape up 31 cents by May 2.

Posted by: James at April 18, 2007 10:19 AM

BTW, the local B&J let you upgrade your free sugar cone or cup to a waffle cone for the usual price difference. (I have no idea if that was a local or universal policy.)

Posted by: Jim at April 18, 2007 10:46 AM

The snopes article was why I asked about free vs. 31 cents. I'm actually not crazy about Baskin-Robbins, to the point where I'd rather pay full price at Friendly's for a cone rather than go out of my way for a freebie at B-R, for all the calories that are involved. :)

Come to think of it, if I'm going to go out of my way to be near a Ben & Jerry's, I guess I don't mind paying the full price of a cone there either. :) (AND the upgrade!)

Posted by: Julie at April 18, 2007 11:46 AM

I have to pass by Somerset Creamery to get to Ben and Jerry's in Providence.

Which explains why we don't make trips out to Ben and Jerry's.

Somerset Creamery. It's Dot Com!

Posted by: James at April 18, 2007 12:19 PM

I love Somerset Creamery. And I liked that Eskimo King place, too.

Well, I guess what I'm really trying to say is that I like local ice cream. :)

Posted by: Julie at April 18, 2007 1:13 PM

Ice cream is a topic discussed at least twice before on AFOL:



Posted by: Patti M. at April 18, 2007 3:03 PM

What - we didn't talk about ice cream last year? How odd.

Some of those comments were eerie -- as if they came from the same people.

Posted by: James at April 18, 2007 3:34 PM

I think because last year the weather was so shitty no one wanted ice cream. Oh wait that's true this year too. I guess we're just getting used to it. Didn't make Ben and Jerry's but we have made it to the local ice cream stand once since they opened a couple of weeks back.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at April 18, 2007 4:29 PM

And I still love PB with anything, and I'll still happily eat ice milk once in a while. :)

Posted by: Julie at April 18, 2007 4:31 PM

Can one still find ice milk?

Ah, yes. Had our first cones of Erickson's about two weeks ago. Delish (as usual).

It's sunny today--maybe we can have ice cream after dinner!

Posted by: Patti M. at April 19, 2007 2:08 PM

Actually, no, I haven't seen ice milk in a very long time. Instead I see the "just like fat" ice creams, which are adequate enough I guess, but I'd rather have ice milk and not pretend it's ice cream, if that makes any sense.

Posted by: Julie at April 19, 2007 2:55 PM

I checked the calories of some lowfat ice creams the other day.

For a similar-size serving I saw less than a 10% difference in the calorie content.

Posted by: James at April 19, 2007 3:24 PM

...So you eat one extra spoonful of the lowfat stuff and you're right back where you started? What a ripoff. :(

Posted by: Julie at April 19, 2007 4:19 PM

Yeah I started writting that too Julie. then i realized of course low-fat means low-fat not diet or low-cal. There are probably better reasons to watch your fat than your calories.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at April 20, 2007 8:01 AM

True. I suppose it might not be so bad for my cholesterol. But I'd still rather have ice milk.

Posted by: Julie at April 20, 2007 11:12 AM

Edy's Slow-Churned is really good. I bought some because it was on sale in the market a couple of weeks ago, and it tastes pretty much like ice cream, but it has only four grams of fat per serving (I think, I no longer have the container). I didn't note the calories. For me, watching fat is critical. If I watch my fat, the calories follow, or perhaps because I run, the extra muscle burns the carbs.

(That is to say, *if* I watched my fat, as I have in the past. At present I'm not watching my fat, and my weight has ballooned. Don't gain weight. When you gain weight, even if you lose it, it's easy to go right back up to that max. I weigh now almost what I weighed when I came home from the delivery of my second child, which is my un-pregnant max.)

Posted by: Maggie at April 20, 2007 11:22 AM
Edy's Slow-Churned is really good.

We got some vanilla awhile back. The kid liked it, but I don't know if that was because she really thought it was good, or because it lasted longer since I didn't like it. :-) For me, it was reminiscent of marshmallow fluff.

Since it won't go to waste if I buy it again, maybe we'll give it another shot.

Posted by: Jim at April 20, 2007 11:44 AM

I bought the chocolate. Maybe the chocolate masked the marshmallow-fluff undertones. ;-)

Posted by: Maggie at April 20, 2007 12:13 PM

I concur that the chocolate version was pretty good. Not a replacement for super-premium, but great for an after dinner treat.

Posted by: James at April 20, 2007 1:38 PM

I got a quart of Edy's Grand last night. I do not recommend. It wasn't supposed to be "light," but it was so full of air, it might have been worse than the store brand. And it melted like crazy.

Posted by: Julie at April 20, 2007 1:47 PM

Heh. I read that last comment as "I *ate* a quart of Edy's Grand last night. I do not recommend."

Indeed. I've been there.

Posted by: Mike at April 20, 2007 1:48 PM

LOL. I couldn't eat that much ice cream in one night, even if it was good.

Cheesecake, maybe. But not ice cream.

Posted by: Julie at April 20, 2007 2:09 PM

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