Remember when the Good Humor ice cream truck rolled down your block ringing the bells? As the advertising jingle said, “I’m the friendly man who sells Good Humor, the ice cream kids all favor…”
When the white-suited “friendly man” stopped his clean white truck, the choice was simple for me-a Toasted Almond Good Humor. Until one year, when there was a special flavor which became a permanent addition– a Strawberry Shortcake Good Humor. From that point on, I had to make a decision between those two choices.
I couldn’t help thinking about tough decisions like that when we stopped at the Ralph’s Italian Ices store on Union Turnpike in Queens, just west of Long Island’s Nassau County border.
I’ve been to a number of Ralph’s locations through the years and have nothing but positive things to say. After all, with the kind of super hot summer we’ve all endured, what can be better than a refreshing super cool cup of ices.
The larger sized Ralph’s packaging makes reference to the historical story behind the company saying that in 1928, a man by the name of Ralph Silvestro began his Italian ice business. Company owned locations and franchising have brought the Ralph’s Italian Ice concept to Long Island, Staten Island, Queens and New Jersey.
But before you step up to the counter to be served by one of the friendly group of young men and women you have to make the kind of decision that this Good Humor fan never had to do.
What a selection! It’s a literal variety show of choices! No complaints of course, just stand and face the flavor menu board (try not to hold up the busy line) and take your pick of flavorful names from Apple Crisp (delicious) to Watermelon to Orange Cream (delicious) to Mint Chocolate, Lime, Mai Tai, Margarita and more and more. You can also choose from some No Sugar Added Fat Free options.
Of course you don’t have to settle for just one flavor in your order. Depending on the size of your serving, you can add multi-flavors …4 scoop choices in a pint-sized.
So it doesn’t matter if the huge list of Ralph’s flavors goes waaaaay beyond a Good Humor Toasted Almond or a Strawberry Shortcake.
You can’t go wrong. Making your Ralph’s Ices flavor choice is simply one delicious decision.