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About this ice cream blog
My very first blog post was on May 8th, 2008. I had been trying to think of what to blog about when I realized that the world of ice cream was not fairly represented in our digital life. We had the short lived adventures of adailyscoop followed by the mostly text based 2dips, but that was it for any meaningful kind of blog dedicated to reviewing widely available ice creams.
I started a blog creatively titled "the ice cream blog". After blogging for a few months, and after some consultation, I bought the domain name onsecondscoop.com. The first scoop is about what you might expect if you just randomly bought a product. On second scoop (as in on second thought), is about what happens when you've had time to think about what you bought and you go in for that second tasting. This can involve lowering expectations, being less critical (aka being in a better mood), or sometimes just getting a better sample since not every scoop is the same.
I try to be as fair as possible, but seeing as how I buy most of the ice cream with my own money, I tend not to buy multiple samples to verify if I got a bad batch or not. In my defense though, the average consumer isn't going to verify bad results with a second container either.
To be more specific, I do not work for a food company. My job has nothing to do with food and I'm in an industry that has nothing to do with food. This blog is all about my love of ice cream and getting you to try something new so we can bump vanilla from the top spot on the nation's flavor list. Ok, that probably won't happen, but I do hope that this blog encourages you to try new products, new brands, and new flavors.
One other thing: I know there are places out there were anybody can review pretty much any food product, but it's hard to trust a stranger's opinions if I don't know how their tastes resemble mine. The checkout guy can tell me he loved the new Star Trek film, but I don't know anything about him. I'd rather hear it from a well known critic since his tastes are well established. So I may be hard on a flavor of Turkey Hill, but if you click for other Turkey Hill flavors, everything comes in to context and hopefully becomes a more useful review to you.
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So what qualifies me to be an ice cream blogger? Does eating ice cream almost every day of my life count? When I was real little, ice cream was a rare treat. I want to say we got a half gallon once a month. After we moved and the food budget loosened up, ice cream was always in the freezer. Whether I was making myself a milkshake or maybe a sundae topped with freshly crushed cookies, I was always enjoying a frozen treat. I blame my parents really, even my grandparents. Everyone was in to enjoying a quality meal as a family. I don't mean we were eating steak at every meal, I just mean that we always ate as a family, and no one went to bed hungry.
I met my wife many moons ago and she too is an ice cream addict. Our food budget was tight in college, but there was always 2 containers of ice cream in the freezer (we each got to pick one). More than a few times we had ice cream for dinner on a hot summer day. We do love to stop for ice cream, but most of the time we try to stretch our dollars by digging something out of our very full freezers. I often interject her opinion or that of my daughter's to add a little balance to reviews that fall out of my comfort zone.
Nick officially joined the blog on May 12, 2012 after an extensive check of his ice cream analysis credentials. Nick is an ice cream addict like myself and often replaces meals with ice cream sundaes. This devotion translates into realizing that not all ice cream is created equal, not every flavor is a winner, and not every pint is worthy of your money. Nick is more opened minded then myself when it comes to fringe flavors, plus he brings in the perspective of the next generation. Well there's that, and the fact that he'll review coffee flavors when the need arises.
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