Beasley Allen Law Firm and Aldridge Borden CPAs were both kind enough to host brain freeze challenges in Montgomery today! We partnered with Frios for these challenges, and all I can say is Wow! They brought a strawberry mango and a blueberry cheesecake flavor, and threw in a few key lime pie and raspberry lemonades as well. So many of our participants had never had one, and if the response was any indication more people will be visiting Frios soon! For me, I had to try the Strawberry Mango. At first, it was a little heavy on the mango, but after a few bites, the strawberry filled in and it was delicious. They are even thoughtful enough to provide little Frios cupcake holders that will catch and dripping as you enjoy your pop. I only wish they had given me a similarly helpful way to avoid the inevitable brain freeze!
When I wrote about a frozen lemonade at Chick Fil-A several days ago, I knew that it would not be the last time I visited a Chick Fil-A as part of this challenge. Although it was good, there was another product there that is truly my favorite, and I always knew that the Vanilla Shake would bring me back! Once they introduced their shake, with whipped cream on top, many other places have tried to simulate, but I firmly believe their shake is by far the best. Even better, I got to enjoy it posing with the Chick Fil-A cow as well...which made it even better! The Hoover Commons Chick Fil-A has an outdoor concert on Saturday, August 26th, and has kindly invited AHIF to conduct our challenge there. The hardest thing for me as part of this brain freeze was not the brain freeze itself, because it tasted so good I didn't even care. It was the painful seven minutes I had to sit at a table staring at my shake waiting for the cow...that was sheer agony! The brain freeze...udder joy!
Some of life's great questions...
How long was the 100 Years War?
Who is buried in Grant's tomb?
Who is the lead singer of the Dave Matthews Band?
What is the tv show Cops about?
Where on Earth is Dothan Ice Cream?
I can certainly answer the last one, as Dothan Ice Cream was kind enough to provide ice cream pops to participants in two brain freeze challenges today, one at Flowers Hospital and the other at The Cochran Firm! If only I had a good attorney, maybe he/she could have reduced my sentence and the necessity of another brain freeze! A cookies and cream ice cream pop, after almost two hours of standing outside in 90+ degree heat...it actually was a brain freeze I didn't mind very much!
As we have progressed through this month-long awareness initiative, I have been so impressed by the friendly rivalry that exists between our wonderful partners at HealthSouth as they have competed against each other for a specially made Brain Freeze Trophy! HealthSouth Dothan took it up a notch when they ordered Sonic Slushies for all their staff to give themselves brain freezes, and even had the Sonic mascot there as well. I couldn't resist the grape slushy softly calling my name like a Siren of old luring me to the rocky shores, only my rocky shore was just another high caliber Sonic Brain Freeze!
One of my favorite episodes of Friends is when Rachel uses a cookbook with two pages stuck together to make a dessert that was half trifle and half shepherd's pie. Ross declares it tastes like "feet," but Joey decides he likes it. He points out each ingredient separately. Jam...good. Custard...good...etc. For me, this is just like how I view a Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream. Chocolate Chip Cookie...good. Ice Cream...good. Brain Freeze...not so good, but definitely a reality due to the size of the first bite I took trying to work my way through this dessert!
This wouldn't be a true challenge if I didn't step outside of my comfort zone sometimes. When I saw this product sitting in the gas station freezer, I hesitated. Not because I was interested in any way at all, but because I was asking myself if I thought I could even try it, let alone use it to cause a brain freeze. But, the very fact I asked that question let me know I had to give it a try. Cotton Candy flavor...yellow...it truly tasted like a frozen Peep, if such a thing is even possible. I don't know what a Crabby Patty would truly taste like, or Chum from the Chum Bucket...but I can't imagine either being worse than this...but at least it met the basic requirement...it was cold, and before I threw the bulk of it away, SpongeBob managed to give me my next brain freeze!
I don't think I ever had a true appreciation for a Klondike Bar as a kid. For some reason, it was always that dessert that my mom ate, but one I never seemed to want a part of. I don't know if it was because it wasn't on a stick, was simple in that it was just a shell with ice cream inside, or what...but that was just the way it was. There was the annoying song about "What would you doooooo for a Klondike Bar?" but even that wasn't the reason. I think that it was because it was surprisingly messy. The chocolate shell started melting in your hand, and after the first bite started collapsing and pieces of chocolate fell off, allowing vanilla ice cream to start melting as well. But, I can say that, today, they are actually quite good. And, because the shell is think and thus it is mainly just vanilla ice cream, surprisingly successful in causing a brain freeze!
Sometimes on the radio, I hear the hosts read off a list from a magazine or newspaper about things that are common to us now, but that probably won't be around in five to ten years. Today, this list includes things like the home phone, cable boxes, piggy banks, and cars with manual transmissions. As I enter my 40's, there are many things from my childhood that I can remember that have made the list. I remember cigarette vending machines, recording music onto cassette tapes directly from the radio, and adjusting rabbit ears to get a better tv signal. Most of my memories from this list also remind me of my grandmother's house. She had a cuckoo clock, a rotary phone, had milk jugs delivered to her door, and a large freezer that opened on the top...where you could always find a box of ice cream sandwiches. I couldn't imagine a month of brain freezes with using an ice cream sandwich, so I took a few big bites of the soft chocolate "bread," and the vanilla ice cream in between. Outside of almost choking as it turned to a type of paste and mush in my mouth, my last memory before passing out (not really) was that of the onset of yet another brain freeze!
How did I go from loving Scott Joplin to absolutely hating him? The answer is one I don't like to acknowledge, but cannot escape...I got old! For those of you wondering who Scott Joplin is...he is the writer of the piano song "The Entertainer," now forever linked with an iconic summer phenomenon...the Ice Cream Truck. As a kid, there was nothing more exciting than the disruption to a hot summer afternoon than hearing that song, blaring at an insane decibel level, when the ice cream man entered your neighborhood. With anxious anticipation, you begged your parents to let you get ice cream and ran down the driveway to flag him down and enjoy some frozen goodness. Today, it is different. It is with dread that I hear that song, followed by the sound of feet running down the stairs for one of a very few things that can tear my kids away from their electronic devices. Of course, I rarely have cash anymore, so my wife and I have had to start keeping a cash stash in the kitchen for just these purposes, knowing of course that we could buy a box of fix of any popsicle they offer on the truck for what the ice cream man will gouge us for...but after all...it is all about the experience, right? So, I purchased an orange push-up, knowing that whatever this orange substance truly was (ice cream, sherbet, etc.) it would be capable of giving me what I was seeking...another Brain Freeze!
Despite what seems like constant changes to the McDonald's menu, somehow they have not found a food product that I choose to eat. Sure...I have kids...so I end up driving through for a meal or two, but not for me. Imagine my surprise when I did give in one day and tried the Strawberry Banana smoothie, and actually really liked it! Thus, I had it on my list to check off as I went through this 31 day challenge! Much like a slushy, the brain freeze here is easy to accomplish because the use of straw shoves the cold directly on the roof of your mouth. This causes the sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia...or as it is otherwise known...the Brain Freeze!