My baby has my nose, and he also has my adoration of food. Therefore, even though I couldn’t take baby with me during the blogger ice cream tasting I attended yesterday at the famous Boston-area store, J.P. Licks, my son was very much on my mind the whole yummy time.
Now, in the years before baby, I could always flit off to epic blogger events before you could say, “Burp!” These days, however, there are logistics of childcare to calculate before I can even go downstairs. Bless my husband, he agreed to rush home from work early to watch Devi, so I could take the train to ice cream world. I was so excited on the way to the event that I sprinted for the bus: a luxury I can never do while wearing the baby in my usual front backpack carrier.
And then I arrived: Dear J.P. Licks! This Boston-based company (Named “JP” for Jamaica Plain, near Jamaica Pond in Boston) offers homemade, ridiculously creative, delicious flavors in its locations around New England, and it has a very special place in my heart.
After giving birth, it took weeks for me to muster the strength to walk around again on my own. And where was my first solo destination after baby? J.P. Licks, of course, to soothe my soul and body with my favorite flavor: Brownie Brownie Batter! That amount of creamy chocolate makes everything right.
Come with me now on a photographic tour of this ice cream tasting party, accompanied by photos of which baby poses each creative flavor reminded me of! But first, be awed by the full line of specialty flavors:
Of course, I had to try them all. Can you get over these choices? And they change every month! I started with Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookie ice cream. YES!
When the minty chocolate hit my tongue in a cold, crunchy burst, I made this face, just like my baby:
Next, I bopped over to the soft yogurt section and opted for Baked Apple flavor. Healthy, because it’s a fruit, right?
The flavor was so soft and comforting, my mind flew to cuddling my little son… and as I gobbled the last drop of frozen yogurt from the thin cup, I felt like my baby slurping at my fingers like this:
Now, looking at the wild flavor list, I bet you asked: “What is ‘Leprechaun’s Brew?'” Well, get this: it is a bright green ice cream that contains Sam Adams Lager (!) in honor of St. Patrick’s Day! Oh my. This is how it looks:
The flavor was subtle and impish, much like this little green-suited Leprechaun, here:
Finally I had to pick a flavor for my cup. One cannot sample forever, or the kind ice cream lassie will eventually throw the scooping implement at your dairy-covered face. After much deliberation, I selected the following flavor combo: Peanut Butter Cookies & Cream atop Brownie Brownie Batter.
I made the right choice! My taste buds danced like the arms of my baby when I wrap him up like a little fluffy ice cream cone!
T’was a great excursion, but that’s a pretty safe bet for any afternoon involving high quality ice cream. Thanks, J.P. Licks– we will be back! And back. And back again. Yum!
The author, Lillie Marshall, is a 6-foot-tall National Board Certified Teacher of English, fitness fan, and mother of two who has been a public school educator since 2003. She launched Around the World “L” Travel and Life Blog in 2009, and over 4.2 million readers have now visited this site. Lillie also runs TeachingTraveling.com and DrawingsOf.com. Subscribe to her monthly newsletter, and follow @WorldLillie on social media!