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The Million dollar Taste Tester

December 21, 2012

Meet John Harrison; official ice cream taste tester of Nestle owned Dreyers ice cream products and 64-year-old ice cream extraordinaire whose ancestral ice cream roots date back to the 1800s. This not so ordinary ice cream taste tester is Nestle's, Dryers', Edy's and Haagen-Dazs' most precious employee, as no flavor is shelved until assessed by his 10,000 finally tuned taste buds -- Taste buds that are insured for 1 million dollars. Over the past 42 years of ice cream tasting, Harrison has approved more than 200 million gallons of ice cream and rejected half a million. Harrison takes his taste testing very seriously and says that it's a tough job, despite common thought. In fact, there's a lot more that goes into ice cream taste testing than one may think, and Harrison follows strict taste testing protocol. Want to learn how to start taste testing your own ice cream? Make…

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Ice Cream for Christmas

December 14, 2012

It's almost Christmas, and ice cream may not be the first dessert on your mind. If it's not, then get ready for a surprise treat that's sure to put you in the mood for ice cream this holiday season! This new flavor will have you ditching candy canes and returning sugar cookies just for a scoop of Praline's Own seasonal ice cream! Here at Praline's, we love to offer seasonal treats to our customers, and that is why, this holiday season, we are providing the best Christmas treat in all of Connecticut: eggnog chip ice cream! Who doesn't love warm chocolate chip cookies and a chilled glass of eggnog during the holiday season? Now you can have both of these yummy treats in a giant scoop of our creamy eggnog ice cream smothered in chocolate chips. Trust us; you'll experience the taste of Christmas in every bite! Are you hesitant…

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Ice Cream for In Between Seasons

December 4, 2012

As the holidays approach and seasons change, ice cream flavors should change, also. That is why many ice cream parlors and suppliers release a variety of seasonal flavors throughout the year! Now that Thanksgiving is over, is your pallet ready for the Christmas season? If not, check out this brand new flavor that is sure to help you transition from turkeys, stuffing and pumpkin pies to jolly elves, mistletoe, and candy canes. If you're tired of pumpkin and spice but aren't exactly ready for peppermint and eggnog, not to worry because we have the perfect flavor to ease you into the Christmas season: Cranberry Nut Gingersnap. Try this perfect blend of both Thanksgiving and Christmas as you celebrate the first week of December! Fresh cranberry ice cream gives you that delightful taste of fall while warm pieces of gingersnap awaken your senses with a hint of Christmas. This flavor is perfect…

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Who Created Ice Cream?

November 28, 2012

Ice cream is an icy treat that is loved worldwide. But who is credited for creating such a delightful desert? Unfortunately, the exact birthplace of ice cream has been lost in time. That doesn't mean, however, that we are unaware of its early stages and adaptation into the creamy, soft treat we love today. The following is ice cream's evolutionary story. Icy Roots – It is hard to say exactly what part of the world ice cream came from, because each area had its own concoction of the early icy treat. Regardless, many argue that the very first type of ice cream most likely came from China. King Tang of the Shang Dynasty was recorded to have an ice and milk concoction that became very popular and soon made its way to Europe. Historians agree that, once in Europe, icy desserts began surfacing among the nobles and elites. Alexander the Great enjoyed honey…

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Ice Cream’s Winter Survival

November 19, 2012

Ice cream -- who doesn't like a double scoop of sweet, frosty, delicious, melt-in-your-mouth, cool-you-down ice cream on a hot summer day? What about a triple scoop of that frosty, chill-you-to-the-core experience during a blistery winter afternoon? For some reason, that doesn't sound so pleasant anymore, does it? It's true, icy treats aren't as popular among ice cream lovers during winter months than in the summer, especially from standalone ice cream parlors. Regardless, these shops must survive... here is how they do it. For a Limited Time Only – During winter months, especially in cold regions, ice cream customers tend to prefer warmer treats like cakes and cookies – back burning their thoughts of ice cream till summer. Ice cream shops have their work cut out for them and must lure in their customers if they wish to survive. One way they do this is by offering new flavors during seasons and holidays. Many ice cream parlors offer pumpkin…

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Celebrities Love Ice Cream

November 12, 2012

  So you're an ice cream fanatic are you? Well, do you eat ice cream for breakfast? No? Well we know someone who does and his name is Warren Buffet. That’s right, Warren Buffet. One of the most successful men of the 20th century starts his day with a healthy serving of his favorite Hagen daze ice cream. We're starting to think that maybe Buffet is onto something… could ice cream be brain food? Nah it couldn't be… could it? If Warren Buffet, a man worth roughly 46 billion dollars, loves ice cream so much that he chooses to eat it for breakfast... how many other Americans are doing the same thing? We say probably a lot. Because there are a lot of people who love ice cream, it makes sense that ice cream shops around the country are a dime a dozen. Over the years, competition between ice cream parlors has gotten…

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Chocolate Ice Cream

November 4, 2012

The Simple Pleasures of Life Nothing could be so joyfully simple and simply joyful than a scoop of chocolate ice cream. The most beloved of flavors to many, rich chocolate Pralines Own Made ice cream is made with the freshest and most quality ingredients we could get our hands on.   We make it fresh, right at home in Wallingford, Connecticut! Classic Chocolate What else so simple could bring so much joy? Chocolate ice cream is the perfect indulgence, whether served in a cup or a cone. Our high quality ice cream is made with real Dutch Cocoa and fresh dairy. We make it taste so good because we like to see you smile :) How Many Kinds of Chocolate? You can enjoy a myriad of flavors at a Pralines ice cream parlor, where we have more than one flavor of chocolate ice cream... Thunder is a flavor we feature…

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Seasonal Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie from Pralines

October 24, 2012

This time of year is perfect for a delicious pumpkin ice cream pie from your local Pralines ice cream parlor! We like to roll out seasonal treats during different times of the year, and through the holiday season we offer our delicious pumpkin ice cream pie! Imagine the delight on their faces when you show up bearing the ultimate gift... pie! No ordinary pie, however. Our ice cream pies are the perfect fun-time treat. We load a graham cracker crust full of our delicious pumpkin ice cream and top it off with pumpkin shaped sugar cookies! We love making ice cream pies at Pralines. From our Black Bottom Pie, a vanilla and chocolate ice cream in a chocolate wafer crust, which is separated by a layer of fudge in the miedle3 and little chocolate crunchies on top, to our Coconut Cream Pie: a double layer of Coconut Cream ice cream…

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Ice Cream Toppings

October 18, 2012

In addition to our myriad of ice cream flavors, you can also customize your cup or cone with various toppings to enhance your ice cream experience. Ice cream can make bad days good, and good days even better – but what could be better than a cup or cone of your favorite ice cream flavor? Perhaps topping it off with even more deliciousness! We offer a variety of awesome toppings, letting you customize your ice cream any which way you choose. We have crushed candy bar toppings, and candy toppings, too. Hot toppings like fudge, caramel, and peanut butter, and cool toppings such as chocolate syrup or our homemade whipped cream... yum! We have syrups and powders in various flavors, and we even have prepared fruit toppings you can enjoy like maraschino cherries, pineapple topping, strawberry topping, cherry topping, and raspberry fruit topping! You’d be crazy not to like nuts,…

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History and Tradition in Wallingford, CT

October 12, 2012

Pralines has a history in Wallingford, Connecticut where we have our corporate headquarters and have two shops open in the area. We’ve been making ice cream since 1984 and now we’re well known throughout the state. Since opening up our first shop in 1984, we have partnered with store owners around the state to open 12 more locations and counting. Franchise-free business opportunities from Pralines have Connecticut business owners happy to be in the ice cream business for themselves. We take great pride in our tradition of making the best quality ice cream using only the best ingredients available to us. This has had customers coming back time and time again and we are so grateful for all the smiles we’ve created through the years with our ice cream. Back in the 80’s, roller skating was pretty popular, so we decided to open up our ice cream parlor next to…

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