Blue Bell celebrates National Ice Cream Month with new flavor - Dessert Trio Ice Cream



BRENHAM - What could be better than a delicious dessert? Samples of three different delicious desserts, of course! Many restaurant chefs have discovered that this is the perfect solution for patrons who can’t make up their minds which dessert they want—offer them a taste of several. Now, just in time for National Ice Cream Month in July, Blue Bell is applying the same logic to a single ice cream flavor, Dessert Trio!

Dessert Trio is a smooth vanilla ice cream loaded with pieces of three of everyone’s favorite desserts—chocolate chip cookies, pecan brownies and chocolate-coated cake, all surrounded by a swirl of rich chocolate sauce. Each of these desserts is a classic in its own right.

Unlike many great food creations whose origin is lost in time and legend, we know exactly who invented the chocolate chip cookie and when. Ruth Graves Wakefield owned a popular restaurant in Whitman, Massachusetts, in the 1930s called the Toll House Inn, which featured home-style meals. She attracted customers by offering them an extra helping of their entrée to take home. Dessert was always her special homemade cookies.

One day Ruth was preparing to bake chocolate cookies when she realized she was out of baker’s chocolate. And so, the story goes, she broke up pieces of Nestle’s semi-sweet chocolate, thinking they would melt into the batter. They did not, of course, and the chocolate chip cookie was born. An alternate story says the vibrations from a big electric mixer mixing sugar cookie dough in Ruth’s kitchen knocked bars of chocolate off the shelf above and they fell into the batter.

In any case, Ruth published the recipe for “Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookies” in a 1936 cookbook and the tasty cookies quickly became a popular staple in American homes.

The brownie, which is made from a batter that is kind of a cross between cookies and cake, was supposedly invented for the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition. The owner of Chicago’s famous Palmer House Hotel ordered the chef to create a new dessert for ladies attending the fair. The original version of a brownie-like dessert had walnuts and an apricot glaze.

Soon recipes started turning up in turn-of-the-century cookbooks. The name “brownie” was first applied to molasses cakes baked in small individual molds. But in a 1907 cookbook the term was finally applied to the chocolate brownie that we know today.

Soon recipes started turning up in turn-of-the-century cookbooks. The name “brownie” was first applied to molasses cakes baked in small individual molds. But in a 1907 cookbook the term was finally applied to the chocolate brownie that we know today.

As for the “invention” of chocolate cake…various manufacturing processes developed in the 1700s and 1800s changed chocolate from an expensive luxury found mostly in drinks to an inexpensive daily snack. Until about 1890, most recipes for chocolate were still drinks. Devil’s food chocolate cake mixes were first introduced in the 1930s but put on hold during World War II when chocolate was rationed. After the war, chocolate cake mixes became common.

Now we have Blue Bell’s Dessert Trio: three delicious and classic desserts, happily combined in one ice cream flavor in honor of National Ice Cream Month. Nothing else is needed for a celebration of the Fourth of July, ice cream and good times in the summer!

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