Last Sunday, we came home from the beach (super close, super fun Jacob Riis Park, yet again) and I whipped up a summer seafood feast of spaghetti alle vongole (with flounder and pesto for Pinta, who doesn’t like clams) and for dessert we had a bit of ice cream that Santa Maria felt inspired to buy.
She bought Häagen-Dazs vanilla and chocolate (is there any other? what’s not to like about the premium, fictitiously Scandinavian ice cream that first came out of Brooklyn the year of our nation's bicentennial?), and as I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, I partook in just a tiny bit. I customized my vanilla by crushing the tiniest bit of dark chocolate into it. Voila, instant chocolate-chip ice cream.
But what I really want to talk about is what Pinta, my five year old decided to do with her ice cream. She’s crazy about fresh fruit, and as we had some ripe strawberries on hand, she—entirely on her own—stuffed a bunch in the bottom of a waffer cone, asked her mother to top it with vanilla ice cream, and made for herself a most delicious, most healthy dessert. According to Santa Maria, the keeper of all things sweet around the house, there was but a tablespoon of ice cream on that cone.
Pinta was quite please with it, and after she had licked the ice cream off, she took a spoon to the strawberries, before polishing off the cone by hand. If you are looking for a healthy and delicious summer dessert, look no further. Do you have a favorite, healthy, summer dessert? If so, I'd love to hear about it.
Pinta's Strawberry Ice Cream Cone Creation
- Fresh, ripe strawberries, washed and sliced
- Vanilla ice cream
- Ice cream cones
- Dark chocolate, optional
Put the sliced strawberries into the base of cone, and top with a bit of ice cream and a tiny chunck of chocolate, if so desired.