After a high-stress day, I came home to a box of ice cream in the mail. Was the universe sending me hate mail or a love letter? I couldn’t tell. I was sent the ice cream so I could sample it and write about it on the blog. I usually turn down offers like these because I don’t want to be seen as a corporate shill. However, she among us who can turn down chocolate fudge brownie is a better woman than I.
Only, the ice cream wasn’t at my front door. It was at the FedEx depot.
All I had was a claim sticker stuck to my door and the knowledge that a box of dry ice was sitting on a shelf somewhere near 90th street and I-69 (the highway of love). So, I drove about 8 miles, missed my turn and got lost in a corporate office park until I finally found the FedEx depot tucked behind a landscaping company that had a sign taped to their door which said, “This is not FedEx.”
When I entered the building a man was at one end of the counter and a woman was at the far end. I soon discovered this was because the man at near end of the counter was KRA-ZEE. I can’t quite describe his particular flavor of crazy, but the dude was off his head. He mumbled to himself incomprehensibly and seemed only semi-aware of what he was doing, like the other half of his brain was stuck in a parallel dimension or he was an alien trying to ape the behaviors of normal human postal workers. I signed for my package, threw it in the back seat, and drove home where I quickly devoured both boxes of ice cream shots because I’d had a hell of a day.
Oh, and I got dry ice too, so now I can pour water on it and film my own 80’s rock video.
I sampled the Popsicle brand Ice Cream Shots, which are essentially Dippin’ Dots or small beads of ice cream. I’d only tasted microbead ice cream at the state fair two weeks ago, and here I was tasting some again in my kitchen. When it rains microbead ice cream, it pours. A rainstorm of microbead ice cream would be great for my 80’s rock video. This stuff was very tasty. I mean, it’s ice cream. How could it not be? I have to admit I dig the odd texture. It comes in Cookie’s ‘N Cream and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavors. Of course, the phrase “Ice Cream Shots” makes me think it should be loaded into paint ball guns. There’s another great idea for my 80’s rock video.
I also got the Breyers Double Churn Light Vanilla and Almond bars. Again, very scrumptious and I liked the texture of the almonds in the chocolate. Finally, I also tasted the Breyer’s Double Churn FREE ice cream in the chocolate fudge brownie and the chocolate cookies and cream flavors. All of which were creamy and delicious, though I prefer vanilla flavored cookies and cream to the chocolate base. I love chocolate, but that’s a bit much even for me. It was also rock hard to start with because of all that dry ice. Thankfully, I was able to eat the ice cream shots right away because the little dots didn’t freeze into a big block like the ice cream.
So, PastaQueen, did you bring enough ice cream for the whole class? Why, yes, I did! I have 14 coupons, each for a free package of any Breyers, Popsicle, Klondike, or Good Humor product which is good for up to $7.00 and expires on 3/31/2009. I will be giving away one coupon a day for the next two weeks as part of my Tweet for Treats Giveaway!
Tweet for Treats Giveaway!
Have you heard of Twitter? That’s ok, neither had I. Then everyone at the BlogHer conference wouldn’t shut up about it, so I begrudgingly got on and now I’m an addict. Twitter is hard to explain. It’s better just to use it. It’s a micro-blogging, instant messanging-esque application that is the hot new thing. It’s also a lot of fun if you don’t get too sucked into it or start to feel too much pressure to be constantly clever and “on.”
To enter my giveaway, you’ll need to sign up for a Twitter account and start following me, PastaQueen. Once a day for the next two weeks I will send out a tweet (a message) describing something I’m eating. The first person to reply on Twitter with the correct guess of what I’m ingesting will win a free coupon. (To reply, you MUST start your message with “@pastaqueen” or else I won’t see it in the timeline.) If you can actually see what I am eating, you are not eligible to win. (Coworkers, this means you. Don’t worry, I’ll tweet some breakfasts and dinners too to give you a chance.) You can enter on as many days as you want, even if you’ve won before. International readers cannot win because the coupon will be of no good in your country (Sorry!), but you can play for fun if you wish. I will announce the winner on Twitter and I will judge the order of entries by the order they appear in the Twitter timeline.
I’m excited to see how this goes. I’ve never heard of anyone holding a giveaway via Twitter before, so I feel like I’m breaking new ground. It’s also a shameless way to get lots of followers on Twitter, so I can make more friends, get more readers and take over the world. But hey, at least my world domination includes free ice cream. I’ll be a benevolent dictator. Happy tweeting, everybody! I’ll post the first entry sometime later today.
Addendum on 8-26-08: The first day of the contest went well, but from today onward I am incorporating an additional rule to ensure fair play. You are allowed ONE guess per hint that I tweet. If you submit more than one guess, I will ignore all your guesses but the first. If no one has guessed the correct answer, I may send out another hint tweet, at which time you may submit ONE more guess and so on.
Yesterday everyone guessed once after the first hint, but after the second hint they started pounding me with lots of answers. Thankfully, the very first guess after my second hint was correct, so the multiple guesses didn’t affect the winner. I want everyone to have a chance to win, so choose your guess wisely!