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Cool Comfort for Hot Summer Days:

If people think about it at all, they probably think of chocolate as a cold-weather treat. Mugs of steaming hot chocolate, topped by swirls of whipped cream; homemade Toll House cookies, fresh and warm from the oven, plentiful chocolate chips still melting as you eat them�these are perfect comfort foods for winter weather.

But one favorite is a definite summertime treat. Remember chocolate ice cream sodas? Once a soda fountain standard, they�ve disappeared along with the fountains that were so popular decades ago, replaced by fast food places like McDonald�s and Burger King with their burgers, fries, and thick shakes. It�s not easy to find a chocolate ice cream soda anymore.

Luckily, they�re easy to make. A little seltzer water, some chocolate syrup, and a scoop of chocolate ice cream, and voila! You�ve got the best summer treat there is!

First, make sure you get seltzer water, not club soda; club soda has a bitter taste not suited for ice cream sodas. Pour a bit of the seltzer into a tall glass, pour in a dollop of chocolate syrup, and stir it up; then slowly fill the glass with the seltzer, stirring constantly. Careful�the stuff fizzes, so go slow or your glass will overflow. Leave room in the glass for a big scoop of your favorite chocolate ice cream. If you want, top the whole confection off with a swirl of whipped cream and a bright cherry. Grab and straw and a long spoon, and enjoy!

Submitted by:

Aldene Fredenburg

Aldene Fredenburg is a freelance writer living in southwestern New Hampshire. She has written numerous articles for local and regional newspapers and for a number of Internet websites, including Tips and Topics. She expresses her opinions periodically on her blog, http://beyondagendas.blogspot.com.


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