Send ice cream to your loved ones this year

Multicolored ice cream scoops

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Last week I asked my weird aunt what she wanted for Christmas. (I’m nervous about shipping delays, and she lives four states away, so I’m trying to move on.) “Well, I collect vintage art museum posters, you know,” he said. she replied.

Hmm. OK.

Thanks for playing, girlfriend, but vintage art museum posters are a little out of my financial reach. After talking I went to my freezer and pulled out a pint of my beloved Jeni. It was then that I realized: everyone loves ice cream. And, thanks to the miracle of dry ice, ice cream is now highly deliverable.

My aunt is get some ice cream this year, dammit.

When you think about it, novelty and / or premium ice cream is the best kind of holiday gift. It’s probably not something you would buy for yourself, it often comes in pretty packaging and there’s a flavor for every palate. These days we also have our selection of dairy and gluten free flavors for loved ones with dietary restrictions. Finally, it’s much less of a commitment than other mail-order treats like, say, a beer club of the month.

If you want to get on the Ice Train, now is the time to order. A few of my current favorites:

  • For your trendiest cousin: Friends of Salt and Straw Festival the collection is unfortunately sold out, but some of the individual pints are still on the market. My favorite, the Parker House Rolls flavor with salted buttercream, is a real crowd pleaser.
  • For your sister who loves holiday claymation movies: Jeni’s Splendid Holiday Collection is possibly the best ice cream collection I have ever had. The entire collection is sold out; However, I VERY!!!!!!! recommend taking a pint (or five) of Macaroon Pistachio Flavor. It’s buttery and just a little salty, with enough pistachio to delight but not overwhelm. I also highly recommend the Peppermint with white chocolate,
  • For a friend who wants to fly their monster flag: I can’t believe I’m writing this, but the Van Leeuwen Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Ice Cream is back for another limited edition. This is huge, because it is the best ice cream flavor I have tried all year. If the latter run is something like the last two, it will sell quickly.

Keep in mind that shipping ice cream is a pretty expensive endeavor, so you should budget around $ 50 or $ 60 for a full five-pack of the fancy.pants brands listed above. But the way I see it, it’s money that would otherwise be spent on, what, another pair of pajama pants?

Give the gift of pure, unadulterated joy. Give the gift of brain freeze. Give the gift … of an ice cream.

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