March 2, 2018


Shortly after our three children are tucked into bed, it’s not uncommon for my husband to appear with a bowl of Hudsonville Ice Cream in his hands.

I laugh every time, because I know that my better half has pilfered his treat from the hidden stash that he keeps in our basement freezer. In other words, the kids are not allowed to have it!

Not to worry, we keep a carton of Super Scoop on hand for our little ones to enjoy. But my husband’s favorite Hudsonville flavors like Mackinac Island Fudge? He likes to enjoy them by himself, while unwinding at the end of the day. When I asked why Hudsonville was his ice cream of choice, my hubby simply replied “it’s my Dad’s favorite,” and “he always told me that most of the world’s problems could be solved with ice cream”.

I fell in love with that simple yet profound perspective, and I’ve come to enjoy taking part in this evening ritual with my husband. As busy parents, it’s sochallenging to find time just to ourselves. It’s been fun and even vital to carve out a space for just the two of us. We have a chance to enjoy rare, uninterrupted adult conversation! It’s a great way to connect at the end of a long day of working and parenting.

Being a born and raised Michigander with a passion for supporting local business, I’ve enjoyed learning more about the Hudsonville brand. The Hudsonville Creamery is based in West Michigan and believes in sourcing quality, local ingredients. Paying homage to its home state, Hudsonville uses locally sourced milk and cream in the crafting of each product. In fact, the company built its facility near local dairy farms so it could have access to the freshest milk for their ice cream. There truly is local goodness in every bite!

We’ve sampled many Hudsonville flavors over the years, including some really fun Limited Edition varieties. While Mackinac Island Fudge has always reigned supreme, a new flavor is offering up some competition this month: Creamery Blend Vanilla. Yes, vanilla! This intriguing new vanilla first caught my attention due to its fancy new packaging. The classic blue and white Hudsonville packaging has been revamped. Creamery Blend Vanilla was the first flavor I noticed in the grocer’s freezer with the new look. I soon came to learn that this “new” vanilla is a classic Hudsonville flavor that has recently been reintroduced. Of course, I had to try it!

This got me to thinking: why not mix it up? My husband and I decided to host an ice cream party with our friends to create some fun, adults-only treats. Each person or couple was asked to come up with a recipe, using their own favorite Hudsonville Ice Cream flavor. We’d sample each boozy concoction, and vote on a winner! I stocked up on Creamery Blend Vanilla, and prepared for the fun!

What a great evening! The creativity was amazing and the competition was stiff! It was so hard to decide, that we finally declared two winners.

Find the recipes here.

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