Cool Stuff on Hot Day – Ice Cream Crank Off

This was a busy weekend.  I caught the ice cream crank-off at Chestnut Square right about tasting time. 

Ice Cream Crank Off at Chestnut Square

Ice Cream Crank Off at Chestnut Square

 

The sun was hot and there were tons of people out for the event.  I have to say it looked pretty intimidating. 

Ice Cream Crank Off at Chestnut Square

Ice Cream Crank Off at Chestnut Square

 

I took a breeze around to scope things out. The lines were pretty long. I amost gave up.  The thought crossed my mind, but then I started asking some folks about the flavors they’d tried.  

One of the Tasting Lines

One of the Tasting Lines

 

People either loved or hated the basil-flavored ice cream.  Someone else recommended the Cherries & Port flavor. When I heard about the Maple Bacon Waffle flavor, I decided to stick it out.  Besides, there was good music playing and, this being Texas, it’s pretty much hot everywhere this time of year.  Might as well be hot waiting to get some ice cream. 

Music at Ice Cream Crank Off

Music at Ice Cream Crank Off

 

The lines weren’t all that bad.  Well, I mean, they were worth it.  The volunteers were great and the ice cream was better.  I even tried the long line in front of the Chapel.  There were four or five flavors at that table which included Peach and Milky Way.  I especially liked the Milky Way flavor.  

Tasting Table at the Crank Off

Tasting Table at the Crank Off

 

I made my way over to the other tents in front of the stage and got to try the Cherries & Port and the Maple Bacon Waffle Flavors.  Both flavors were made by an outfit called Creamy Bastard.  Their cards say, “live fast  eat custard  die pretty”.  I thought that was pretty cool. I found them on Facebook … http://www.facebook.com/pages/Creamy-Bastard/129037737111167?v=wall. I loved both flavors and will buy them if it turns out that they are available to be bought. 

2009 Winners Tasting Table

2009 Winners Tasting Table

 

About 45 minutes in, the booths began to run out of samples and the winners received their awards. 

Award Ceremony at Crank Off

Award Ceremony at Crank Off

 

The crowd began to thin.  As  I was leaving, the vanilla booth was making more ice cream. 

Making Ice Cream

Making Ice Cream

 

I thoroughly enjoyed the event.  The lines can be a little frustrating but mostly because you never know what you are in line for.  Luckily, the line for the tasting ticket (a wristband) was short and they could take both cash and credit cards.  The only tips I can think of for people going next year is to wear comfortable shoes and plenty of sunscreen.  There is not a lot of seating for sitting and enoying your samples but the event is short enough that I don’t know if bringing chairs would be worthwhile or not. 

Until next time, 

Happy Shopping! 

Share

4 Responses to “Cool Stuff on Hot Day – Ice Cream Crank Off”

  1. Vesta

    Yeah, we’ve been to this a couple of years, and I just don’t like ice cream enough to enjoy it. It’s always hot and long lines. However, every year, including this one, I hear people raving about the flavors. I heard a lot about the cucumber flavor this year.

    We were hosting the garden tour that day, but my mother took my daughter. You just can’t deprive an 8-year-old of such a thing!

    Reply
    • Beth

      I wanted to go on the tours too but I just didn’t think I had time. It looked like you and Tracy were pretty busy with guests. I hope you had fun!

      Reply
  2. Veronica

    Searching the internet this a.m about the Crank-Off in chestnut square. Loved your article! Especially loved the paragraph about Creamy Bastard!!! Those ladies can sure make some custard- the maple bacon waffle was AMAZING! The Cherries & Port was truly gourmet. I liked the little ladies speech when she won too- about how she supports local farms like lavon farms in plano. I will check out the Facebook page and inquire about buying some of their custard.

    Veronica

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Basic HTML is allowed. Your email address will not be published.

Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS

%d bloggers like this: