In an interview in the Wall St. Journal last week, Francis Ford Coppola let the cat out of the bag about Irish ice cream. The “Godfather” director said “The most underrated destination is: View PostIreland. It’s a beautiful country, and the people are extraordinary. They have such a wonderful literary tradition, one of warmth and humor. Also, Irish ice cream is among the best in the world, which no one knows.” Read the full article here: online.wsj.com/articles/francis-ford-coppola-talks-travel-1407436237.
Irish ice cream and other dairy products are made from milk from cows that can graze outdoors almost year round.
When we were teens, my friend Maire had a summer job in the kiosk at Portmarnock beach — a blue snack shack at the steps to the most beautiful beach in the Dublin area. The most popular item was a “99” — a creamy swirl of whipped, aka soft serve, ice cream (always vanilla) in a wafer cone topped with Cadbury’s Flake, a flaky stick of milk chocolate. Although we weren’t paid to be there, as teenage girls we spent a lot of time at the kiosk on sunny afternoons. It was the primo spot to see which boys were at the beach that day and, of course, eat ice cream.
Cadbury’s chocolate is not manufactured in Dublin anymore, but you can still buy Flakes in Irish import stores or online and make your own version of a “99.” If you don’t have soft serve, crumble the flake over regular freezer case ice cream for an Irish summer treat.
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