For tonight’s #DoodlewashDinner I’m bringing something red, white, and blue and hoping everyone who celebrates this day of honor has had a happy Memorial Day. The bomb pop was invented by James S. Merritt and D.S. Abernethy back in 1955, right here in my hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. This was a favorite summer treat for kids when I was growing up, but I realize now how weird it is that it’s basically a frozen ice in the shape of a weapon. But, come to think of it, there’s probably nothing more American than that. Truly, it’s the only thing I could think of in the appropriate colors for today.
When I was little, the sound of a bell chiming through the neighborhood would signal the ice cream truck was passing by. If you were lucky and could get your mother to hand you a dollar, you could rush out the door yelling frantically in an attempt to get it to stop. The ice cream truck driver in our neighborhood seemed to be less interested in making a sale and we would often have to chase his truck for several blocks before catching his attention. But once stopped, dollars in hand, we could choose from a fabulous array of frozen treats purchased from a complete stranger in white van. Though there was plenty to choose from, the red, white, and blue bomb pop was always the star of the show.
Summers could get really hot here, so an icy treat like this was amazing! But the real fun was the way it stained your tongue a bright red and then a deep purple. Of course, you couldn’t see your own brightly colored tongue, just your friend’s tongue. In between slurps, we’d stick out our tongues and ask each other what it looked like. It became an odd and impossible to win contest of tongue painting that would end with no prize greater than a wet, stained wooden stick, but we did it every time. When I hear the ding of an ice cream truck today, I still get the urge to chase after it, but since it’s not something I could ever do alone with nobody to examine my tongue, I just pause and enjoy the sweet memories.
Thanks to everyone who came to the Doodlewash Dinner Party during the month of May! I’ll post the gallery tomorrow featuring all of the talented guest doodlewashers who showed up for the party along with a sampling of the delightful culinary creations that they each brought to this delicious event! Stay tuned!