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Perilagu Khan Jun 22, 2012 07:50 AM

As the temps rise to triple digits my overheated medulla oblongata conjurs childhood memories of frozen treats offered by passing ice cream trucks. Said trucks were usually blaring the theme from The Entertainer.

Like all the kiddos, I had my favorites.

I loved Dreamsicles, with the orange sherbet on the outside and vanilla ice cream in the center.

Loved Nutty Buddies.

Loved the orange Push-ups.

And I loved the Bomb Pops, which were rocket-shaped, and featured three layers of red, white and blue frozen stuff.

What did you buy after prying a quarter loose from your mom's change purse? And what do you buy now that you have your own change purse or mutual fund/ETF portfolio?

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  1. ipsedixit Jun 22, 2012 08:06 AM

    If you are just talking about selections from your typical ice cream truck, then it was one of two things: (1) Big Stick or (2) Good Humor Ice Cream on a Stick (classic vanilla).

    1. pinehurst Jun 22, 2012 08:21 AM

      BOMB POPS!

      Now known as "Firecracker Pops"...sigh. And the cherry Screwball that had the gumball at the bottom...kind of a consolation after the treat was gone.

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        Perilagu Khan Jun 22, 2012 09:33 AM

        Firecracker Pops? Brother. Why not just call 'em Flower Puffs and be done with it.

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        circustance Jun 22, 2012 08:37 AM

        From the ice cream truck:
        Super Mario on a stick
        Ninja Turtles on a stick
        Tweety Bird on a stick

        from the store, eaten at home:
        Haagen-daz

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          nyfoodie718 Jun 22, 2012 09:51 AM

          I used to always get the WWF wrestling ice cream bar - now I munch on ices of all kinds, slushies and frozen grapes

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            randyjl Jun 26, 2012 04:37 PM

            The mental pictures are just WRONG!

          2. arashall Jun 22, 2012 09:50 AM

            I was always a tough choice, but I usually ended up with the Bomb! Sometimes a Dreamsicle won out.

            1. Perilagu Khan Jun 22, 2012 10:49 AM

              Anybody remember Otter Pops. They were some sort of sugary, colored liquid that came in clear plastic tubes. You froze 'em, cut the top of the plastic off and then slowly pushed them through the top, nibbling as you went. Lots of fun to eat.

              I also loved Wild Cherry Icees.

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              1. re: Perilagu Khan
                arktos Jun 25, 2012 08:36 AM

                Yes.. Otter Pops are great in hot weather. Thanks for reminding me.. need to get some soon.

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                  pinehurst Jun 27, 2012 02:37 PM

                  Absolutely remember both. The Icee to me had a leg up on the similar treat Slush Puppy....better flavor punch, as I remember it.

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                    James Cristinian Jun 27, 2012 03:11 PM

                    pinehurst, you speak of the Icee in the past tense. They live on, at least in Texas where we get them at a roadside convenience store on steroids call Buccee's.

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                      Perilagu Khan Jun 27, 2012 03:32 PM

                      You can get Icees in Lubbock's South Plains Maul, too.

                2. mrbigshotno.1 Jun 22, 2012 11:41 AM

                  Paletas Mexicanos- Cafe & Walnut are my faves.

                  http://wishyouwerehere.us/uploads/mai...

                  Those new white chocolate jobs by Good Humor are pretty tasty too!
                  Spent a few years on the east coast and miss the Italian water ice trucks/stands.

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                    cocktailhour Jun 22, 2012 05:08 PM

                    drumsticks--the cones with a chocolate coating, ice cream, and chocolate cover with peanuts. yum.

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                      Perilagu Khan Jun 23, 2012 12:07 PM

                      Yes, indeed. Very similar to the Nutty Buddy.

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                        ipsedixit Jun 23, 2012 12:40 PM

                        I love those cones. I just wished the cones would still crisp and not get soggy.

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                          laliz Jun 28, 2012 09:46 AM

                          +1 drumsticks
                          +1 nutty buddy

                        2. nofunlatte Jun 23, 2012 12:29 PM

                          When I was a kid , Chocolate Eclair ice cream bars, vanilla twin-pops, and Cho-Chos were some of my favorites, along with ice cream sandwiches (no particular brand). Now, as an adult, it's homemade ice cream or gelato, usually whatever flavor I've just made!

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                            betsydiver Jun 30, 2012 08:32 AM

                            +1 on the chocolate eclair bars but we also had in the school cafeteria strawberry shortcake bars which were also quite good. I am now fond of ben and jerry's chunky monkey...real banna flavored ice cream (not chemical tasting at all) plus chunks of bittersweet chocolate and chunks of walnuts, 2nd fav is chubby hubby with mini chocolate covered pretzels throughout... hagen das rum raisin is pretty darn good as well

                            when visiting my california sister sometimes we go to a mexican grocery which has maple walnut frozen bars as well as other flavors unobtainable in NYS at least in upstate small town. yum.

                          2. jmcarthur8 Jun 23, 2012 04:27 PM

                            As a kid, I loved orange pushups. The mechanics of it fascinated me.
                            Now, I love the fro-yo shops. My husband and I are both on Weight Watchers, so we don't treat ourselves to big meals or rich food. Going out for frozen yogurt at home or while traveling is our reward to ourselves. My fave is the tangy Greek one, with some raspberries or strawberries on top.

                            1. Crockett67 Jun 25, 2012 08:30 AM

                              I'm all about the classic klondike bars or Edy's Fruit bars.

                              1. Perilagu Khan Jun 25, 2012 09:17 AM

                                Frozen Snickers ice cream bars are decadent. I could easily scarf down five of those babies if I let my morals lapse for half an hour.

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                                  biondanonima Jun 27, 2012 08:24 AM

                                  Those are dangerously good. They used to make a Mars bar version too, which was even better!

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                                  Janet from Richmond Jun 25, 2012 09:26 AM

                                  Loved Dreamsicles, Bomb Pops and ice cream sandwiches...especially the strawberry ones.

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                                    James Cristinian Jun 25, 2012 04:13 PM

                                    Thank you, Perilagu Khan. Finally a post relevant to us in the hotter climates, such as Texas, and through chowstalking, I know you live there, as do I. None of these what are you baking or grilling threads. The oven was turned off in April, Memorial Day marks the official end of grilling season for me. Favorite frozen treats as a youth were fudgesicles, drumsticks, popsicles, chocalate chip Blue Bell ice cream, and snow cones, grape, lime, and root beer at Little League games. Today it is the most appealing pint of Blue Bell I see, and I can usually stretch them to three tastings.

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                                      Perilagu Khan Jun 25, 2012 07:54 PM

                                      Ah, snow cones. Remember those kiddie snow cone makers shaped roughly like a snowman, where you'd put ice in the snowman's head, crank the handle, and sleet would come out the bottom? Every now and then I'll see one of those when I'm trollin' through an antique store with the Khantessa. I never actually owned one as a kid, but some of my little buddies did.

                                    2. iluvcookies Jun 25, 2012 08:05 PM

                                      Klondike bars.. mmmm!
                                      Trader Joe's has mini cones called (confusingly) "Hold the Cone" with vanilla or chocolate ice cream and a chocolate-dipped top. Like tiny Drumsticks without the peanuts. Delicious.

                                      But I will eat ice cream if it's 10 below outside.

                                      Our neighborhood Mr. Softee truck offered an italian ice topped off with a swirl of soft serve... I forget what it was called, but it was perfect for those days when I couldn't decide between ice cream and ice.

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                                        PNOTCHR Jun 25, 2012 08:05 PM

                                        When I was in elementary school in the late 50's, some of the older kids had an ice cream store, where you could purchase treats after lunch, I think just one day a week. My Mom gave me a nickle so I could buy an ice cream bar. I always wanted a "drum-stick" but they cost a dime, and I never got a dime.

                                        My birthday was in the summer, so I never got to take treats to school to share like all the other kids. One summer for my birthday, my mother invited a few friends over for a party. (We lived in the country, so it was a big occasion to invite friends over.) Before the party we went to the grocery store and Mom let me pick out a frozen treat to serve to my friends. Of course I chose "drum-sticks." What a banner day, to have a party and get to eat "drum-sticks." They are still one of my favorite treats.

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                                          kseiverd Jun 25, 2012 08:18 PM

                                          I love GOOD ice cream... but not someone who will eat an entire pint at a sitting. Supermarket usually had Haagen Daz and Ben & Jerry's in little mini-cups... sometimes 10/$10. Not necessarily a great deal by weight, but just the right size when I want a little "dessert".

                                          1. DonShirer Jun 26, 2012 04:29 PM

                                            Can't remember what they were called, it's been so long ago, but they were essentially vanilla ice cream in a sugar cone with a chocolate nut topping. I seem to remember they had a paper wrapping, too. Most delis and ice cream shops in Ohio carried them.

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                                              Perilagu Khan Jun 27, 2012 07:47 AM

                                              Sounds like a Nutty Buddy or a Drumstick.

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                                                DonShirer Jun 28, 2012 03:25 PM

                                                Drumsticks! Yep. Thanks for the memory...as Bob Hope used to sing.

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                                                  Perilagu Khan Jun 29, 2012 07:27 AM

                                                  Don't mention it!

                                                  signed--Bing Crosby

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                                              randyjl Jun 26, 2012 04:40 PM

                                              Does shaved ice count as frozen. Love me some Bahama Bob's.

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                                                CDouglas Jun 27, 2012 08:01 AM

                                                Bomb Pops are still my favorite. Blue Bunny still calls them "Bomb Pops":
                                                http://www.bluebunny.com/Products/d/The_Original_Bomb_Pop_x12

                                                Schwan's has them too and calls them Bomb Pop, Jr.:
                                                http://www.schwans.com/products/productdetail.aspx?id=53012

                                                Schwan's also carries Chocolate Malt Push-Ems which are tremendous:
                                                http://www.schwans.com/products/produ...

                                                When I was a kid the Good Humor truck used to carry chocolate eclair bars that had an actual chocolate bar adhered to the stick in the middle of the bar. Easily the neighborhood favorite.

                                                1. mattstolz Jun 27, 2012 08:10 AM

                                                  from the truck, I'm a big big fan of the tollhouse cookie ice cream sandwiches.

                                                  my most-eaten frozen treat though is either bananas (make sure you peel them before freezing!) dipped in peanut butter or arctic zero (to make up for the times i eat the tollhouse cookie sandwiches! haha!)

                                                  1. njmarshall55 Jun 27, 2012 08:12 AM

                                                    Mom used to make the homemade ice pops with fruit juice. Remember them fondly. But all time fave is still the ice cream sandwich. The soft chocolate cake/cookie with the vanilla ice cream. I could go through a whole box.

                                                    1. biondanonima Jun 27, 2012 08:28 AM

                                                      I used to love to get Dreamsicles or Orange Push-Ups from the ice cream truck. The Schwann man also came by occasionally and he had a Root Beer Float pop that I loved. Klondike bars were a treat that my mom would bring home from the grocery store. However, my FAVORITE of all was always the Choco Taco, available at fine gas stations and convenience stores. They're much harder to find now but I stumble across them now and again. Same idea as a Drumstick (which I also enjoy), but somehow better!

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                                                        laliz Jun 28, 2012 09:59 AM

                                                        every once in a while I'll see a choco taco and get it too. they're good!

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                                                          mcel215 Jun 30, 2012 03:05 AM

                                                          I didn't have these as a kid, but worked at a hospital for years and they stocked choco taco's. Oh my, they were so good. :)

                                                          Now, I love Chocolate Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert, made with coconut milk. Yum.

                                                          www.saffron215.blogspot.com

                                                      2. JungMann Jun 27, 2012 12:10 PM

                                                        I grew up in a Latino neighborhood so instead of "The Entertainer," I would go manic at the sound of clinking bells and a pushcart vendor beckoning the kids for "Paletas!" Watermelon and coconut were my favorites, particularly because they were the only Spanish words I knew. Once I learned how to say "fresa," that was added to the rotation.

                                                        When the ice cream truck did manage to come around, I would always get one of those almond flavored ice cream bars, covered in nuts, with a flavor so laden with pit-derived almond extract that I couldn't tell if I was eating almonds or cherries.

                                                        1. WhatsEatingYou Jun 28, 2012 06:54 AM

                                                          I used to love the ice cream Reese's, not sure if they are still made, haven't seen them in years. Maybe its just because I was a kid but I remember them being massive!

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                                                            Miri1 Jun 29, 2012 01:21 PM

                                                            I loved Heath ice cream bars. They weren't smooth like a Haagan Dazs, they had kind of an indentation running down the middle, like a classic ice cream bar shape. loved those. Haven't seen them in years. I love those ice cream sandwiches, too. The soft cookie and ice cream just does it for me.

                                                            When I was about eight my mom took me for swimming lessons a few days a week one summer. There was a Carvel across the street and shed take ne there after swimming. I always got either a Flying Saucer or a soft serve cone dipped in chocolate and sprinkles. Those were so good!

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                                                              Perilagu Khan Jun 29, 2012 01:42 PM

                                                              Dairy Queen makes--or at least they used to make--something called a Dip Cone, which is vanilla soft serve dipped in chocolate. Got those frequently as a kiddo, but haven't had one in a coon's age. They were luscious.

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                                                                Jenny Ondioline Jun 29, 2012 11:44 PM

                                                                You can get a cherry or butterscotch dip at most DQs as well, although I usually stick with the Peanut Buster Parfait. In fact, I'll be having one tomorrow night on my way back from the beach.

                                                                Not living in Texas anymore means I can't avail myself of my favorite DQ treat, the Country Basket, which isn't available outside the state.

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                                                                  Perilagu Khan Jun 30, 2012 06:54 AM

                                                                  Oh yeah. I practically grew up on Country Baskets and Beltbusters, not to mention Dip Cones. But I must say, DQs are nowhere near as heavy on the ground as they were back in the 70s. Still see 'em regularly in small towns though.

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                                                                    pinehurst Jun 30, 2012 08:07 AM

                                                                    DQ's used to have the "Mr Misty" (a type of Slushee) and the "Mr Misty Kiss" (a type of push-up in Mr. Misty flavors). I really loved the grape and lemon lime in these. DQ's are indeed a lot more scarce nowadays, at least in Northeastern Mass.

                                                                    But back to your OP...do you remember a frozen truck treat that looked like a foot-long popsicle. It had rainbow stripes and (theoretically) was multiflavored? In lieu of our beloved Bomb pop, it was a good treat that lasted a long time.

                                                                    1. re: pinehurst
                                                                      Perilagu Khan Jun 30, 2012 12:43 PM

                                                                      My brother, who has a sweet tooth the size of Lake Michigan, swears by DQ's Blizzards. I suppose I'll relent and try one someday.

                                                                      I do not recall those foot-long popsicles, I'm afraid.

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                                                                      Jenny Ondioline Jun 30, 2012 08:11 AM

                                                                      There was a famous family vacation in the summer of 1982 where we stopped at literally every DQ between Dalhart and Rockport. If there were two in the same town, we stopped at both.

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                                                                        James Cristinian Jun 30, 2012 11:53 AM

                                                                        Wow Jenny, Dalhart to Rockport, Texas I presume. That's like driving halfway across the USA. That must have been a week long roadie with all the DQ stops. Rockport must be so exotic compared to Dalhart. I live in Houston and every time I cross that bridge to Rockport, it's like a different planet. I love the place.

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                                                                          Perilagu Khan Jun 30, 2012 12:44 PM

                                                                          Heh heh. That's the very definition of madcap. Like something out of a National Lampoon flick. And I must say, that was the hell of a lot of DQs!

                                                              2. iL Divo Jun 30, 2012 07:51 AM

                                                                when we're on the Lake (Mead or Powell) a special treat is the frozen fruit popsicles.
                                                                I love the coconut, DS#1 loves cherry, DS#2 lime, DD blueberry and hubby is lemon lover.

                                                                1. ipsedixit Jun 30, 2012 08:39 AM

                                                                  Has anyone tried these?

                                                                  http://www.goodhumor.com/product/deta...

                                                                  1. Perilagu Khan Jun 30, 2012 12:47 PM

                                                                    For you Texans, Six Flags Over Texas used to sell a frozen treat called the Pink Thing. (No snickering!) It's been a very long time, but golly those "things" were da bomb-- as opposed to da Bomb Pop. I wish I could get a crate shipped to my door.

                                                                    1. JenJeninCT Jun 30, 2012 01:03 PM

                                                                      Frozen treats, how do I love thee, let me count the ways....

                                                                      from childhood-
                                                                      Flinstones sherbet push ups
                                                                      rainbow sherbet cone with gumball on the bottom
                                                                      Good Humor Candy Center Crunch-had to look this up, as I haven't seen one for sale in a long time- kind of like a chocolate eclair ice cream bar, but there was a more solid chocolate center
                                                                      Dreamsicle

                                                                      Today:
                                                                      I still like orange sherbet and GH chocolate eclairs
                                                                      Ben Jerry's Chocolate therapy
                                                                      Haagen daaz 5- milk chocolate
                                                                      Ciao Bella Key lime/graham gelato

                                                                      1. Rodzilla Jun 30, 2012 01:30 PM

                                                                        With everyone else on the Flinstones sherbet push-pops
                                                                        Ninja Turtle/Spider Man
                                                                        I vaguely remember great white sharks from somewhere
                                                                        Scooters were always a decent

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                                                                          Jenny Ondioline Jun 30, 2012 02:06 PM

                                                                          I grew up a few blocks from a 7-11, and fondly remember a chocolate ice cream bar they had along with the Big Wheels, which were ice cream cookie sandwiches. The bar was called the Big Deal, and was kind of like your basic Eskimo Pie except it had both chocolate and vanilla ice cream inside. No one seems to remember these but me.

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