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Ben & Jerry are the Loves of My Life

18 Nov

I’ve been searching far and wide, taking trips to various crowded and insanely obnoxious super markets.  These Ben & Jerry’s “limited batches” are quite honestly a giant pain in my ass.  Anyway, my search has finally come to an end.  Thank you Wegman’s…..you never let me down.

Ben & Jerry’s Cannoli Ice Cream!

I love cannoli.  What Italian girl doesn’t? And I literally enjoy every single thing about this ice cream.  But my absolute favorite part is the Mascarpone Swirl.  It tastes just like cannoli filling.  The fudge covered cannoli pastry shell is not a disappointment either.  I suggest you get some of this ASAP.  Trust me…your life will never be the same. EVER.  I love it so much I think I might marry it.

Ben & Jerry.  The coolest guys that ever lived.  The End.

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More Pumpkin Please!

21 Oct

Did I ever mention that I love pumpkin?  If not, please refer to my previous post Why I love Fall- Reason #1.

Also, words cannot describe how much I love ice cream.  For details on my ice cream obsession please refer to this post:  Ice Cream is a Girl’s Best Friend.

Now that you are well informed, you can imagine my excitement when I came across the best pumpkin pie ice cream in the world.
Ladies and Gentlemen, It is my pleasure to introduce….

I cannot take credit for this discovery.  My wonderful boyfriend, who also shares my obsession for food,  found this at the store and said that it is awesome.  And he was right….IT IS AWESOME.

The ice cream tastes exactly like pumpkin pie.  My absolute favorite part is the GIGANTIC layer of graham cracker crust in the middle.  Yes, I said GIGANTIC.  I can seriously eat this entire quart of ice cream all by myself and probably wouldn’t even feel guilty about it.

Go buy some.  You will not be disappointed.

Side note:  If anyone can find me Ben & Jerry’s Pumpkin Cheese Cake Ice Cream, I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER…..AND EVER.

Why I Love Fall- Reason #1

8 Sep

There are MANY reasons why I love fall, most of them involving food.  (Are you surprised?)

Reason #1 is : PUMPKIN. FLAVORED. EVERYTHING.

If you don’t like pumpkin.  Screw you and stop reading 🙂

Words cannot even describe how much I love pumpkin.  Pumpkin breads, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin pudding, pumpkin pie, pumpkin beer, pumpkin hummus (seriously.)…..literally EVERYTHING.  Okay….now that I got that out of my system.  Two of my favorite pumpkin flavored items are Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins.  They are only available during the fall months which makes them even more special.

There isn’t much to describe about the Pumpkin Spice Latte.  It tastes exactly how it sounds.  It is pretty much like a latte and pumpkin pie had a baby.  You can get it hot or iced.  Also, when I feel like watching my calories the “skinny” version is equally delicious.

Now lets talk about the Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffin.  Basically a very moist, delicious pumpkin flavored muffin with a scoop of creamy cheese cake on top.  IT IS LIKE HEAVEN ON EARTH.  I have no other words to describe it except I effing love it.

Stay tuned….I plan on sharing a few of the other reasons why I love fall (If I don’t get too lazy.)  I have a feeling my next post is going to be about beer.  Woooooo!

Ice Cream is a Girl’s Best Friend

15 Jul

Today is National Ice Cream Day! I actually cannot describe how much I love ice cream. If I was forced to choose one specific thing to eat all day every day for the rest of my entire life, I am 98% sure it would be ice cream. In addition to my love for ice cream, I also have an obsession for chocolate sprinkles. I want to dive into a pool of chocolate sprinkles and swim and splash around like a 5 year old. True story.

I like to dream BIG. Therefore, one of my main goals in life is to go to the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Waterbury, Vermont and get The Vermonster. The Vermonster is 20 scoops of ice cream, hot fudge, banana, cookies, brownies, and whatever other toppings your inner fat kid desires.

I have traveled to the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Vermont with the hopes of achieving this life-long dream. Yes, I went to Vermont during the peak of ski season for the sole purpose of visiting Ben & Jerry’s…..not to go skiing. However, once I realized the Vermonster costs around $40 and we had no freezer, I decided it was impossible and a waste of money for 2 people to attempt to eat this gigantic sundae. I promise it will happen one day…and it will be amazing.

I have many favorite ice cream shops, all for different reasons. So, for your reading pleasure….here is the list of Closet Fat Chick’s Favorite Ice Cream Shops. (I know….you’ve been waiting all your life for this. You’re welcome.) These are in no particular order because they are all so good I seriously can’t rank them in a fair order.

1. Scoops- Myrtle Beach, SC- This place is one of my favorites because they make their own waffle cones. Not little wimpy waffle cones either, BIG home made waffle cones. As soon as you walk in it smells like fresh baked waffles. Scoops also has the best Moose Tracks Ice Cream I’ve ever tasted. I was disappointed to learn that Scoops does not make their own ice cream, which pisses me off a little. I feel like if you are going to open and ice cream place you better go all in and make your own damn ice cream. However, their awesome waffle cones make up for this.

2. Polar Cub- Whitehouse Station, NJ- This place is one of my favorites because of their home made whipped cream. Their whipped cream is so thick that you can turn your ice cream sundae completely upside-down and it will still stay in place! UH-MAZING.

3. Colonia Dairy Maid- Colonia, NJ- This place is my favorite for one reason and one reason only. SPRINKLES. No matter what size sundae you order, they will leave like one inch of space in the cup and fill it to the brim with sprinkles. IT MAKES ME SO HAPPY. This place is good for your classics….vanilla & chocolate. They have “40 flavors” however, 36 of them taste like vanilla. (That was an exaggeration.) My tip for Colonia Dairy Maid….having a few awesome flavors is much better than having crap load of mediocre flavors. Just sayin….

4. Hassel’s Ice Cream Parlor- North Wildwood, NJ- Hassel’s has THE BEST waffle and ice cream sundaes. As soon as you order, they will literally make a fresh waffle for your sundae. They pile it high with several scoops of ice cream and whatever toppings you want. It’s pretty amazing folks. Hassel’s does not make their own ice cream either. Whatevs, their waffles still rock.

5. K’s Brain Freeze- Matawan, NJ- My newest favorite! This place opened about 6 weeks ago. A friend of mine suggested this place to me. (Thank you Ada!) This place has A LOT of flavors. I’ve tried many of them so far and they were ALL awesome. I am assuming the rest of them will be awesome as well. Some of my favorites so far are Caramel Crunch, Almond Joy, & Carrot Cake. All of the flavors are home made. The owner is a very nice guy. They will also let you try as many flavors as you want before you make your decision. If you are in the area please go visit K’s Brain Freeze and have some yummy ice cream.

6. Thomas Sweets- New Brunswick, NJ- Every single flavor I’ve had from this place is great. My favorites are Birthday Party, Banana Pudding, and Almond Joy. They also make the best Ice Cream Sodas!

And now….in case you were wondering….my favorite store bought ice cream…

Wegman’s Premium Ice Cream- I usually do not like store brand anything. Everything from the Wegman’s brand is amazing including the ice cream. My favorite flavors are Rum Raisin, Pistachio, and Peanut Butter and Jelly. Some of you may be wondering about the Peanut Butter and Jelly. It literally tastes like peanut butter and jelly ice cream. There is no other way to describe it. You will have to just try it for yourself.

That’s all for now….Happy National Ice Cream Day Everybody 🙂 Go get yourself some ice cream and have a celebration!

Maui’s Dog House- Wildwood, NJ

7 Jun

I’m not usually a big fan of hot dogs, but the hot dogs at Maui’s Dog House in Wildwood, NJ were definitely amazing.  I heard about this place on one of my all-time favorite TV shows…Diner’s, Drive-ins, and Dives.  Guy Fieri is my hero.  I can go on all day how much I love Guy Fieri, but enough about that let’s talk about these hot dogs.

Maui’s Hot Dogs features 23 different gourmet hot dogs.  It was a tough decision due to the fact that every hot dog on their menu sounds amazing, but I decided to go for the “Smokin’ Cheesy Drunk” which is a traditional German frank, spicy mustard, beer soaked sour kraut, cheddar cheese, and bacon.  The hot dog even comes served in a dog bowl.  It was delicious!

Some of the other hot dogs I would like to try on future trips (or all in one shot lol) to Maui’s are:

The “Soprano”– Traditional German frank, baby spinach sauteed with garlic and white wine, topped with extra sharp provolone cheese.

Forget- About- It– Traditional German frank, spicy ground beef chili, raw onion, spicy mustard, globs of cheese, and freshly cooked bacon.

Horsey In Chicago- Traditional German frank, Horsey Mustard, Raw Onions, Pickles, Hot peppers, Tomatoes, and Celery Salt.

And of course your meal is not complete without a side of “Salty Balls”, which are fresh small potatoes cooked in a brine of salt and spices, served with melted butter.  I almost enjoyed these more than the hot dog.  Almost….

So, if you are planning a trip down the Jersey Shore, I would highly recommend making a stop at Maui’s Hot Dogs.  You won’t be disappointed!

I don’t know who this guy is. Thought he was the owner but apparently he just works there. Still a cool guy though 🙂

Cold Hollow Cider Mill- Waterbury, VT

15 Jan

The cold weather this weekend has got me thinking about the awesome time I had in Waterbury, Vermont two years ago.  There are many reasons why I love Vermont….most of which involve food or beer!  Anyway, during a visit to the Cold Hollow Cider Mill,  I had the pleasure of enjoying the best apple cider donuts EVER.

As soon as you arrive in the parking lot, you know something delicious is about to happen.  You can smell the aroma of freshly baked donuts and apple cider before even getting out of your car.  As soon as you walk in, you can see a long line of people at the donut counter.  As soon as you place your order, the dough is placed in the “cooker”.   A few short minutes later, the warm, fresh donuts are placed in a bag and delivered straight into your patiently waiting hands.  It doesn’t really get any fresher than that.

The donuts are the perfect combination of crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.  I would literally make the 4 and 1/2 hour drive to Waterbury, VT and return to Jersey the same day just to enjoy these incredible donuts.  The Cold Hollow Cider Mill also sells many other varieties of yummyness.  Such as maple syrup, apple cider, fudge, jams and jellies, all of which can be ordered through their website at http://www.coldhollowcidermill.com . You can even order the donuts!  But of course they will lack the “seconds out of the fryer” freshness!