Saturday, June 18, 2011

Henry's Homemade Ice Cream in Plano, TX

Henry's Homemade Ice Cream - 4 *s

I know it's been a long time since I've kept up with this blog. I had tests to study for, food to eat, food to make, cats to cuddle with, and so on.. So I've decided to start posting backwards: most recent till least recent. And there have been a LOT of outings meant to go in my blog, as well as a few cookings. I haven't done as well at taking pictures of my ventures in the kitchen.

As it says, on their website, Henry's Ice Cream is served in over 400 establishments. I've had his ice cream in various flavors served along with pie, of course (or the like) in several restaurants. Henry says they don't do chains: TGIF's, Chili's, etc. (Of course, neither do I - if I can help it.) He also encourages you to demand that all your favorite restaurants start carrying his ice cream. I certainly wouldn't argue. His ice cream has always been delicious. I'm also in love with their slogan: "Ice Cream Makes You Pretty!"

I signed up for an email list with Henry's a while ago. They emailed me about their 17th Annual Pajama Party on June 18th (today). Along with being pajama-clad, we each got a free pint of ice cream. We arrived promptly at 7 pm (the time the event was supposed to start) and there was still a bit of a line. They probably opened up the line to forgers half an hours early. Cancer survivors were scooping the ice cream and a lovely young lady sent around a tip bucket (tips were donated to the American Cancer Society).

Our pajamas proved quite popular. We got our pictures taken twice: once by The Plano Courier, and once by the people at Henry's Ice Cream. Henry himself even told us we had a shot at winning the prize for the "Best Family PJ's" contest. Henry was dressed in a cow-spotted robe and had a cow hat with horns. I know I've spent a lot of time discussing the non-food aspects of my experience. However, the atmosphere was probably my favorite part. Everyone was friendly and a lot of them seemed to know each other, as well as who Henry was. They all seemed quite fond of Henry. It sort of had a homey Texas town vibe. I flipped through some books children had written thanking Henry for his ice cream.

I thought the Superman family was adorable.

Me, my father, and our super-cool pajamas.
He had a double scoop with Citrus ice cream and Hazelnut ice cream.
I had Mango Pecan ice cream in a cup (I'm not a coner).

Our free quart of rum raisin.
I chose Cinnamon.