Photo: Marble Slab Creamery
Sandra Lee and Marble Slab Creamery seem like natural bedfellows: Marble Slab is all about mixing fruits, nuts, and candy into their store-made ice cream, while Sandra Lee's schtick is to pair 70 percent store-bought ingredients with 30 percent fresh, homemade fare. Putting these two forces together has resulted in some outrageous-sounding flavors. Take Sunday Brunch, for example, a base of French Toast ice cream studded with strawberries, walnuts, and marshmallow topping. Or how about Dad's Triple Play, an exercise in chocolate overload: Chocolate Swiss ice cream mixed with chocolate cake, chocolate chips, and fudge. (What, no chocolate sauce?) Or consider Peanut Butter Picnic -- Peanut Butter ice cream with caramel topping, Nutter Butters, and peanut M&M's. No half-measures here.
In case anyone feels a little guilty for overindulging, the Taste of Summer campaign will also donate $25,000 to Share Our Strength, a nonprofit that fights hunger.Through federal nutrition programs, investment on the local community level, and educating families to cook healthy meals on a budget, the organization's No Kid Hungry effort strives to end childhood hunger in the U.S. by 2015 -- a lofty goal considering that right now one in four kids doesn't get enough to eat. Kind of makes you appreciate those summer ice cream cones all the more, doesn't it?