When I was a little girl, my cousins and I would spend our days playing outdoors, anxiously awaiting the jingling melody that announced the arrival of the most important part of summer: the ice cream man. I have no idea what the ice cream man offered because, creature of habit that I am, I always got the same thing: a Nestlé® Drumstick® cone. Once, I fleetingly entertained the idea of a multicolored popsicle shaped like a rocket, but I didn’t go through with it. My dollar was reserved for a Drumstick.
Twenty-odd years later, I don’t wave down the ice cream man every day (although seriously, that jingle is like a siren’s call) but I do stock our freezer with Nestlé Drumstick cones as soon as it gets warm out. They are Jeff’s favorite ice cream snacks too, which is proof that we are soul mates. And it makes up for the fact that he likes to eat noodles with nothing but butter on them.
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We live in Georgia, so our summers? They get hot. I mean, they call this place Hot-lanta for a reason, y’all. Which means slaving over a hot stove in the kitchen? No thank you. Summer here is lived out on the back deck, grilling burgers and having a drink with friends. I typically pass out Nestlé Drumstick cones for dessert and here is why:
A) Ice cream is a must-have on a hot summer day
B) They are self-contained little bundles of goodness (hello, delicious ice cream, chocolatey topping and nuts all in a handy little cone), so you don’t have any mess to clean up afterwards. Or dishes to wash.
C) People always exclaim, “Oh! I love Drumsticks!” and then I feel like a super awesome hostess. Someone invite me to the Junior League, y’all.
So when Nestlé asked if I would sample the new Feature Flavors (hello, CARAMEL GRAHAM CONES!) and host a giveaway for my readers, I said yes. Not just because I figured one of y’all would really love some Nestlé Drumstick cones AND one hundred dollars but because I knew it would score major points with my husband.
I stocked up on a bunch of new flavors to try, and the latest phrase to be overheard in our house is “Do you know what this needs? A DRUMSTICK.” Insert said phrase into all of our recent activities: Watching “American Idol”? Drumsticks. Renting “Breaking Dawn, Part One” with my mother? Drumsticks. Friends over for dinner? Drumsticks. Reward for planting our own vegetable garden? TWO DRUMSTICKS APIECE!
The best? Sitting on the back deck attempting to teach Scarlette how to properly use sidewalk chalk (and letting her sneak the occasional lick) while we debate which flavors we like the best. Jeff’s vote is for Vanilla Caramel Crunch and mine is for the Caramel Graham cones. I was a bit disappointed that my store wasn’t carrying the new Pretzel Dipped Drumstick cones yet because I’m pretty sure the scales might tip in their favor. We are big fans of chocolate-covered pretzels in this house. Well, not Scarlette, but that’s just because she can’t chew anything. She’s got, like, four teeth.
I’m looking forward to our family summertime backyard barbeques, with the kiddos playing in the sprinkler, sweet tea and Drumstick cones for dessert.
Check out all of the new flavors on the Nestlé Drumstick Facebook page.
What is your favorite summer activity with your friends and family?
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