The Jew And The Carrot

Frozen Friday: The Jerry Behind Ben & Jerry's

By Lucy Cohen Blatter

Courtesy of Ben and Jerry’s

In 1984 President Ronald Reagan declared July National Ice Cream Month. In honor of the month, we’ve been celebrating this delicious food each week with Frozen Fridays, a series about Jews and ice cream. This will be our last Frozen Friday post, so we thought we’d go out with a bang!

Ice cream mavens Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield (better known as Ben and Jerry) are as famous for their ice cream flavors as they are for the wacky monikers that accompany them (Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey and Half Baked anyone?).

Born just four days apart, Ben and Jerry grew up together in Merrick, Long Island (they’re both Jewish). In 1978, with a $12,000 investment ($4,000 of it borrowed), they opened Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream shop in a renovated gas station in Burlington, Vt. There, Ben worked the creative side, dreaming up flavor combinations, while Jerry made the ice cream. Success came quickly, and the company became known far and wide for its chunky, chock-full-of-goodies ice cream.

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Frozen Friday: Ice Cream Sodas Revisited

By Naomi Sugar

Naomi Sugar

In 1984 President Ronald Reagan declared July National Ice Cream Month. In honor of the month, we’ll be celebrating this delicious food each week with Frozen Fridays, a series about Jews and ice cream.

Ice cream sodas, once a staple of pharmacies and soda fountains are sprouting up across the U.S., bringing back a lost art form and flavor palette. Given the plethora of soda fountains and pharmacies, ice cream aficionados like myself have decided it’s time to jump on the ice cream soda bandwagon. I’m doing it with a modern twist on an old classic: The Raspberry Lime Rickey Ice Cream Soda, which traditionally is made with seltzer water, raspberry syrup and a few squirts of fresh lime juice. (Don’t worry, we didn’t leave out the ice cream in our version!)

Seltzer runs deep in my family’s blood. My maternal grandfather, a Holocaust survivor, used to make and sell seltzer water from a pushcart in Latvia. Almost in parallel, across the globe, my paternal great-aunt, the first woman to graduate Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 1939, owned and operated a drug store and soda fountain in Boston.

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Frozen Friday: Creating a Jewish Ice Cream Flavor

By Rivka Friedman

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In 1984 President Ronald Reagan declared July National Ice Cream Month. In honor of the month, we’ll be celebrating this delicious food each week with Frozen Fridays, a series about Jews and ice cream.

It all started when I tried to make a “Jewish” ice cream flavor. Is there such a thing? I thought about milk and honey ice cream (too cliched); date and pomegranate ice cream (more Israeli than Jewish); even ricotta-brown sugar ice cream, supposedly inspired by kugel (such a stretch!). The ideas, they didn’t come so quickly. I was stuck. But it’s National Ice Cream Month and I had committed to being part JCarrot’s Frozen Fridays. So there was no way out: I’d be figuring out a Jewish ice cream flavor, yes I would.

Just when I thought I was out of ideas, I remembered the one Jewish food that was a staple of my childhood. Not only is it quintessentially Jewish, it’s delicious — and a perfect inspiration for an ice cream flavor. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

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Frozen Friday: Religion, Politics and Ice Cream, Oh My!

By Dan Friedman

Courtesy of Screme

In 1984 President Ronald Reagan declared July National Ice Cream Month. In honor of the month, we’ll be celebrating this delicious food each week with Frozen Fridays, a series about Jews and ice cream.

People are fascinated with the idea of the afterlife and whether Jews believe in Heaven and Hell. Now, I’m no professional theologian, but I think that if I died and was greeted by a smiling minyan of Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, Mr. Häagen and Mrs. Dasz, Joseph Edy and Moshe-Lev Dreyer, Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins, Sharon Breyer and Malky “Dairy” Queen bearing free samples that, for me, would be heaven.

Perhaps to partly compensate for classifying ketchup as a vegetable, Ronald Reagan’s gift to gastronomes was to proclaim the third Sunday in July National Ice Cream Day. As homage to Proclamation 5219 we convened a Forward think tank to test the tastes presented by two post-Reagan kosher ice cream outfits.

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Frozen Friday: 'I'm Related to the Makers of Häagen-Dazs'

By Naomi Zeveloff

Flickr: Cafemama

In 1984 President Ronald Reagan declared July National Ice Cream Month. In honor of the month, we’ll be celebrating this delicious food each week with Frozen Fridays, a series about Jews and ice cream.

Until one of us makes the big time, my family’s singular claim to fame is that we’re related to Reuben and Rose Mattus, the Jewish couple who created Häagen-Dazs, peddling ice cream through New York in the early 20th century.

The connection is through marriage: my grandmother Muriel Zeveloff’s brother married a woman named Ruth Lipitz, whose first cousin was Reuben Mattus. Every person in that last sentence is dead except my grandmother, Muriel, who sat at a table with Reuben and Rose at a family wedding years ago. “He was a very nice man,” my grandmother said over the phone yesterday. “He and his wife were in the ice cream business.”

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