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I leave for vacation in just under 72 hours, so my mind has drifted to sweet tempting treats rather than contemplate the as-yet-unpacked suitcases. Grab your spoon or straw and follow me below the dingledoodle squigglie dKosagnocchi waffle cone dividerthingie fold after a word from our sponsor...

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There are two varieties of cold frozen treats that come to my mind:

Ice cream (or ice creamlike items) - creamy scoops or twirls of deliciousness, in just about any flavor imagineable. Ice cream, sorbet, gelato, frozen yogurt... it's all good! My favorite ice cream shoppe is the next town over. They always have a dozen or so flavors of hardpack ice cream/sorbet made on premise, and they also make any flavor of soft-server you want. "Make?" They have a machine that turns an ice cream or frozen yogurt hardpack 'base' plus any flavor you desire, from coffee to raspberry to mango to cinnamon, into soft-serve. My last concoction was raspberry peach, and the tiny bits of frozen REAL raspberry and peach (I watched him add scoops of frozen fruit to the base) was unbelievably good.

Italian ice/slush (or other waterbased frozen things) - whether scoopable or drinkable, or sometimes both if the day is hot enough :), this frozen sweet concoction is the treat I reach for when I'm both craving something cold AND am thirsty. Whether I choose lemon or cherry/blue raspberry depends on whether my shirt is light or dark-colored! I have fond childhood memories of getting Italian Ice cups from the store, eating the top with that little wooden paddle/spoon, then flipping it over to get to the crunchy frozen syrup that melted and refroze in the freezer.

But what if I want both? ::Hey! I'm not greedy, I just am drawn to variety! Those of you who know me well enough to giggle at this, we'll all share the secret handshake later::  Two years ago, however, thanks to JustOneMore Dad, Casa Brillig was introduced to the most amazing treat ever: soft-serve AND slush all in one! Thank you Ritas!

Casa Brillig's choices the last time we visited Rita's: three "gelati" and one pure ice cream afficianado:

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So what's your favorite frozen treat? Creamy bowls or cones drizzled with Magic Shell or sprinkles, or a cup of slush with a spoon-straw? Or something totally different? Do share in the comments!

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