To make it up to you, here is a picture of a real puppy:
|Just try to resist this face!|
This year’s “puppy chow” season began early for me. In Peoria, Illinois, of all places. The boyfriend and I spent Labor Day weekend visiting his grandma, who lives in Peoria. (Coincidentally, the boyfriend’s parents were also in town for their high school reunion. They were high school sweethearts!) While our trip began and ended in the city of Peoria, the bulk of our time was spent at his grandma’s cabin on an old strip-mined lake in central Illinois. This place is rustic. No toilets, no running water, no phones or internet. The boyfriend loves it. My hair does not.
After two days of fishing, swimming, slamming fingers in doors (just me), and dodging rain showers (courtesy of Hurricane Issac), we returned to Peoria for a shower and comfy bed before our morning flight back to DC. During a family dinner, the boyfriend’s sweets-loving aunt tipped me off to a local ice cream haunt called The Ice Cream Shack. I had to see it for myself. When in Peoria, do as the Peorians do.
|“Puppy Chow” reincarnated|
The verdict? Pretty doggone good! The Ice Cream Shack’s “Puppy Chow Wizard” is a cool and refreshing twist on my favorite holiday party mix. The Shack’s vanilla soft serve is mixed with peanut butter, Chex cereal, and mini chocolate chips. The ice cream itself is creamy and thick (just the way I like it) with an intense peanut butter flavor. The cool creaminess is contrasted by the crisp crunch of Chex cereal, which has been finely crushed by the Shack’s mixer. My one complaint is a lack of the deep chocolate flavor that’s characteristic of the holiday treat. The mini chocolate chips are either too small or too frozen to add much flavor to the Wizard. I would suggest substituting them with thin flakes of milk chocolate. However, the Shack is very generous with toppings – making the first bite as good (i.e. topping-filled) as the last. So the next time you’re in Peoria, ring in the “Puppy Chow” season early at The Ice Cream Shack.
The Ice Cream Shack
2313 NE Adams Street
Peoria, IL 61603