By any measure it has been a rough spring in Minnesota and throughout the U.S. We had a blizzard last weekend – SERIOUSLY – with howling winds and a foot of snow. South of us it was even worse with snow totals approaching two feet and wintry conditions as far as Iowa and Nebraska. The snow is fast becoming slush, but April has broken quite a few records for both cold and snow.
New England had their own wicked April storm that kept going right through the weekend until Marathon Monday and the Boston Marathon Rain, wind, and the coldest starting temperatures in 30 years just above freezing greeted tens of thousands of runners who had trained through a long winter. I checked in on several friends who were running and followed along on twitter with both news media and runners. Side note: if you’re interested in women’s sports, historic races, the Boston area, or just an amazing feel-good story you should read about this year’s Boston Marathon Champion, Desiree Linden. Some might say I’m “boring”, but my favorite spectator sports are baseball and running. I’ve followed Linden’s career for a long time, and I was ecstatic for this win.
This post isn’t actually about winter or running though. So let’s get to the bacon. Yes, I said bacon. I’m talking about turning your thoughts to summer, ice cream, and Minnesota State Fair time. The Dairy Goodness Bar at the state fair always features amazing ice cream sundaes, malts, milk, cheese and other dairy treats. For three years going on four they have also dreamed up and served up some unique creations. In spring they develop three flavor combos, let people vote on the options, and then they put the winning flavor on their menu for the twelve days of the fair.
Don’t these look exciting?!?
I’m intrigued by “Sweet Heat,” but I REALLY want to try the breakfast malt with maple syrup, mini-pancakes and bacon! I realize the s’mores flavor might seem like a “safer” choice (and it’s currently winning) but it’s just not as fun. No matter what you like best, visit the website here to read about the ingredients and vote for your favorite! Voting ends next week on April 24th.
Which flavor is calling your name? Any last winter woes you need to share?