Sometimes, you know how you just happen upon a place and it’s awesome? Well… we found said place in Hoover, Alabama. The Whole Scoop Ice Cream Shop. Why might you ask? After all, it is just another ice cream shop. Read on.
First a little background info and how we ended up at this shop.
As you may or may not be aware, we have a slight, or not so slight, addiction to Blue Bell Ice Cream. It really is bad. Everywhere we go in the south or west (as that is there “territory”) we have to search for Blue Bell Ice Cream. Whether it is in the local grocery stores or in a specialty ice cream shop.
While visiting some friends in Hoover, Alabama they took us to a crack house…I mean, a Blue Bell Ice Cream shop…The Whole Scoop Ice Cream Shop. (I did mention we were addicted right?)
Of course with them selling almost exclusively Blue Bell Ice Cream, we were hopeful that they might have our favorite flavor, the ever elusive, very hard to find, if at all (because we can’t find it in any store anymore) Chocolate Peanut Butter!
And behold…They did! Yay!
This is where we literally jumped for joy.
OK…maybe we didn’t jump so much as just sit quietly and licked our bowls clean. Indulging ourselves with a couple scoops of chocolate peanut butter. We had our fix. (Long overdue.)
But seeing we had a taste, we weren’t satisfied with just that. Oh no. We sought out and met the dealer…hummm… shop owner, who happened to be on site watching his “employees” hand out little tastes to people like it was candy. Just giving them little tastes of this and of that, and then BAM! They are hooked and need to order scoops of it. So sad, for we knew it would not end there for them.
We told him how hard it was to find the chocolate peanut butter flavor. Both David and the owner, lets also call him “David”, came up with a solution. We could just buy a 3-gallon tub from them. That should last us a good long time…. Right?
Well, he didn’t have a spare one and we were leaving the next day to head to Florida. So ordering it was out of the question.
However, we were coming back this way when we left Florida in a few weeks and we could have it ordered for that time. He would just make a call to his “supplier” and make it happen.
So our solution to get us by in the mean time? We bought 2 pints of course of the hard stuff. (Chocolate Peanut Butter)
Sad to say that didn’t last long for us but that was all the room in the freezer we had. The extra time in Florida did give us time to clean out our freezer to make room for the large 3 gallon container though.
Still doubtful it would fit, we called “David” when we arrived back into the area and asked if he could measure the container.
Yes! If the measurements were accurate, we would just be able to fit the 3 gallons in there. Crossing our fingers now.
A few days later the call came in, he had the “stuff” we wanted.
Time has come to pick up the 3-gallons of Chocolate Peanut Butter and really see if it’ll fit or not in our freezer so we could transport it across the state lines. Worse case scenario is we transfer it to a different container, or several, so we could surely hide it as needed. (And by that I mean hide my 1.5 gallons from David who was not going to get any of my portion.) Needless to say, we were NOT going to drive away from Hoover without some Chocolate Peanut Butter!
And the verdict is…
It fits! It fits!
Life is indeed good.
So the lesson that we all have learned from this?
That YES, money can indeed buy happiness. OR at least rent it for a short time. You just have to make sure you have enough freezer space for said happiness.
Also learned, people can still surprise you. Thinking this was going to cost us a small fortune, after all, it is Chocolate Peanut Butter, that was not the case. We met a fair man with a willingness to help us with out with our little problem. So A BIG Thank You goes out to David, yes that is his real name, the owner and the whole gang at The Whole Scoop Ice Cream Shop for making this happen. If you are in the area, please stop in and tell them we said hello. (And buy some ice cream of course.)
And please, no need to write to us about how to kick our addiction. We are fully aware of the withdrawal symptoms. We are starting our trek north and will soon be out of the Blue Bell territory. So we are just going to enjoy this 3 gallons for as long as we can. Only one painful spoonful a day. (Side Note: David added this last sentence and I want to go on the record as to say, I will not be abiding by the one spoonful a day rule :) ).