April 3, 2011

Ice Cream Sundae

Google's doodle today celebrates the "119th anniversary of the first documented ice cream sundae." Since everything Google does is news, the web is abuzz with sites critiquing whether the subject is worth a doodle and also whether it reflects the right point in ice cream history.

As for me, I'm pleased to have a reminder that I won a bet recently, wagering for '1 real hot fudge sundae.' Google conveniently illustrated a "real" sundae - glass dish, two scoops of different-flavored ice cream, hot fudge, nuts, fruit, and whipped cream. The background pattern evokes an old-fashioned parlor, with table service and menus that describe a variety of fanciful creations (Miss D's Divine Decadence, etc) as well as the build-your-own instructions.

It's hard to find a cafe that provides such an elegant level of service, these days. Can I make something just as luscious at home? Of course. But then I'd have pints of ice cream, whipping cream, and fudge sauce hanging around. The best self-defense in that case is to invite the correct number of friends (carefully calculated to avoid leftovers) over for a sundae-making party. Who knows? That may be how the famous concoction first reached a restaurant menu.

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