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.

Onto the food! We both agreed that the Citrus flavor was delicious. It was tart and tangy and our favorite of the ones we tried in the store. I quite liked my Mango. There is certainly a difference between well-made, authentic ice cream, and the kind out of Baskin-Robbins. They do make all the ice cream in the store. I would have preferred it without nuts, but that's me. The cinnamon was my second favorite flavor. I will describe it as quite cinnamon-y and delicious. It's always nice when you can actually see the dots of cinnamon in the ice cream. So, in conclusion, I would recommend driving down to Plano and getting your ice cream on. Or, if all else fails, sign up for their email list and get your free quart next summer.

Ice Cream!
The Superman family!

I liked this Couple's set of Pajamas.

Henry's Homemade Ice Cream (Independence and Parker)
3100 Independence Parkway # 215
Plano, TX 75075
Open Weekdays 11 AM - 9 PM; Saturday 11 AM - 10 PM

On a non-Henry related note, tommorrow is Father's Day. I'll be making a Tangerine Cake (courtesy of Nigella Lawson and the lovely lady from the Smitten Kitchen blog) and Bitter Orange Ice Cream (courtesy of Nigella Lawson via the Food Network). A Lobster Corn Creme Brulee, courtesy of Claire Robinson via Food Network, will also be in attendance. I'm psyched! I shall post it up here at some point.

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