Thursday, May 29, 2008

Thursday Thirteen - We All Scream For Ice Cream

There’s nothing better to cool you off on a hot summer night than putting the kids in the car and driving to the local ice cream shop. In the San Fernando Valley and surrounding cities that local ice cream shop has always been Baskin-Robbins 31 Flavors. Owners, Irvine Robbins and Burt Baskin may have created the ultimate chain of ice cream stores that California will ever be known for, but here are some 13 facts you may not know.

Baskin-Robbins, formerly known as Baskin-Robbins 31 Flavors got the name because there was a flavor for every day of the month.

Chocolate Mint was the 31st flavor.

Other flavors were named Plum Nuts (plums, vanilla and walnuts), Jamoca Almond Fudge, Cha Cha Cha (cherry chocolate chip)

Irvine Robbins co-founder of Baskin-Robbins opened his first ice cream store in Glendale in 1945

Robbins grew up scooping ice cream in his family’s ice cream store in Washington

Burton Baskin opened his store known as Burton’s Ice Cream in Pasadena after World War II in 1946

By 1948 the five stores of Robbins and the three stores of Burton were combined into a single enterprise,

In 1953 they renamed the company Baskin-Robbins after flipping a coin

In a salute to Beatlemania in 1964, a flavor was named for the Fab Four, “Beatle Nut”

Robbins partner and brother-in-law Burton Baskin died in 1967

Irvine Robbins co-founder of Baskin-Robbins was 90 years old when he died in May, 2008

Once a year the local stores have a 31 cent scoop night which draws crowds from the time the store opens until long after closing on the day

My daughter worked part time scooping ice cream at one of these local stores and met her boyfriend there and discovered that they both went to the same elementary school.

Enjoy your ice cream.

~Valley Girl~

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