Thursday, October 16, 2008

A Sad Farewell to Snelgrove

When I was craving Halloween Oreos and unable to find them at Smiths, Albertsons, or Wal-Mart, family members came to my immediate rescue. My niece Ashley found me some that very night at Wangsgards (of all places), and the next day my sister Shannon brought me a package from Target. This kind of support in times of trouble is one of the things I'd nearly forgotten about (having lived the past three years away from family).

Alas, no one can help me now. I love love Rocky Road ice cream. The brands I can choose from are limited since I am allergic to all nuts saving almonds (and their legumy pal the peanut). Anyway, my very most favorite Rocky Road is Snelgrove's. Because it is not sold in WA I have only been able to enjoy Snelgrove Rocky Road once or twice a year on our visits home. Now that I live here again I was looking forward to indulging myself as often as occasion would allow. Unfortunately, when I was unable to find any Snelgrove ice cream the other day, I discovered a devastating bit of news. It is this:

Snelgrove was long ago acquired by Dreyers; however, Dreyers continued to make the Snelgrove products (marketed under the Snelgrove name) until about March of this very year! Apparently (and wholly unbeknownst to young me) Snelgrove appeals to an age gone by and just doesn't compete with the newer hipper generation -- the generation that, for what ever reasons, makes a much stronger connection with the name "Dreyers" than its dated counterpart "Snelgrove." (I read all of this in an online history of Snelgrove -- I was desperate in my search you see).

You young folks don't know what you've done (just as I didn't know that I was purchasing Snelgrove ice cream with a dying and outdated generation). In the past, I'll admit, I have been quite taken with Dreyer's Swiss Orange (orange sherbet with chocolate pieces), and while I will surely not be able to resist its chocolatey orange goodness forever, I will now eat it begrudgingly . . . or at least with a chip on my shoulder . . . alright, I'm sure I won't really resist it at all given I can get a hold of some. And actually, I haven't been able to spy any of that around anywhere either, so family . . . please, back to your rescuing efforts.

9 comments:

Liz said...

It's the worst when you find something you like and can't seem to find it. I love wheatables crackers, but apparently no one sells them anymore except Macey's in Utah. I once found my favorite ice cream - Chocolate Cherry Garcia made by Ben and Jerry's. Now all I can find is regular Boring Cherry Garcia with no chocolate ice cream to be found. Good luck trying to find a suitable Rocky Road!

Krissy-loo said...

It is a great tragedy about Snelgrove! Shannon and I both loved above all other ice creams the Snelgrove cookie dough. But once Dreyers bought them out, the cookie dough changed, and it hasn't been NEARLY as good since! Devastating! I will tell you that my current favorite brand of ice cream, and often, surprisingly, one of the least expensive options, is Breyers. The use all natural ingredients, so their ice cream has almost a homemade ice cream texture. I really love their cookie dough, natural vanilla, and their rocky road--which, by the way, has almonds--didn't you say those were safe for you? Grandpa Gordy doesn't care for Breyers rocky road, says it tastes too dark-chocolatey for him, but I love it, so you should give it a try sometime... Maybe tonight with me, with a good chick flick... MmmmMmM, ice cream :P

Melissa, Ryan and Addy said...

I'm so sad that your ice cream is no longer being made. I love that you went online and looked up all that info. I did the same thing when I was looking for Ruby Red Squirt when I was pregnant with Addy and came to find out the same sad news as you, it is no longer being made. 2 food tragedies in the world, truly sad!

Melissa, Ryan and Addy said...

P.S. Do they still have Farr's ice cream in Ogden? I remember that being quite delightful ice cream!

Tia Juana said...

I too was wondering about Farr's ... couldn't you call them and tell them your predicament. They are a family affair afterall, so maybe they'll feel your plight.

I'm so sorry I do not live near to help a pseudo-sister out.

Nancy said...

Yes, of course Farrs is delicious, but I seem to remember them having wal-nuts in their rocky road (which are no good for me) . . . I will have to double check though.

Mugsy said...

I swear I get snelgrove but under a different name. I will totally tell you when I can remember.

Perla said...

i come home from haiti to this? what the he*&? like i really need to hear this right now. shiz.

Perla said...

i had some good heavenly hash that tasted like the good old albs kind we used to have up at megs. maybe she can mail us some of that.

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