It’s a brisk, chilly Saturday morning in February. Do you (A) pull the covers up over your head, turn over and settle in for another few hours of sleep, or (B) leap out of bed, leave the house in your pajamas, drive to the nearest ice cream parlor and wait an hour outside in 30-degree weather for a scoop in honor of National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day? If you answered B, let’s be friends.
Over the weekend, we did just that to celebrate National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, typically recognized the first Saturday in February, hosted by Serendipity Ice Cream in the Old Orchard section of Webster Groves.
Normally, we’re not particular fans of the thousands of National [insert ridiculous observance here] Days, but exceptions can be made when ice cream is involved.
As devote followers of the dark lord known as sugar, we’re pretty good at rationalizing our intake of sweets, excessive as it may be. In fact, ice cream for breakfast really isn’t all that crazy. Ice cream contains eggs for our muscles, dairy for our bones and sugar to help wake up our brains.
A Japanese scientist discovered that consuming ice cream for breakfast improves a person’s alertness and mental performance. Test subjects who ate ice cream for breakfast performed better on a computer-based mental exercise drill than did a control group. We are not agreeing or disagreeing with the professor’s findings, but at least there is some data to back up our rationale.
Now in its ninth year of celebrating National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, Serendipity offered a basic yet well-executed menu for the sake of simplicity and speed. Limited beverage selections included hot chocolate, coffee and tea, expanding with adult additions such as Irish coffee and orange-sorbet mimosas. With the abundance of children populating this event, we highly recommend splurging for an alcohol-laden drink. You’ll thank us later.
While the entire regular menu was available to order, for those wanting a little breakfast with their ice cream — that is why we’re all here after all — the choice was between a doughnut ice cream sandwich or waffle sundae.
The doughnuts, supplied by STL original Eddie’s Southtown Donuts (bookmarked for future review), were of the homemade kind, but the waffles, unfortunately, were of the Kellogg’s Eggo™ variety. We couldn’t help but think about Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream’s recent opening in Maplewood and the coincidental fact that Serendipity supplies Boardwalk’s ice cream. Missed opportunity, much?
Or perhaps Serendipity chose to use Eggo waffles because Eleven from Stranger Things made them cool again.
Whatever the reason, Serendipity’s breakfast-themed ice cream, highlighted by flavors such as Saturday Morning Cartoons, Bacon and Eggs, Maple Bacon, and French Toast, were so creative and delicious they didn’t even need be nestled atop a doughnut or waffle. We landed on Saturday Morning Cartoons and French Toast and weren’t disappointed with by our selections — our flavor choices, that is. Our life choices of eating ice cream and calling it breakfast is up for debate!
The French Toast, brought to life by way of egg custard speckled with flecks of cinnamon and vanilla, paired nicely with the glazed doughnut. At first it seemed like the marriage of two similar flavors, but the ice cream served as more of an extension of the doughnut. The egg custard brought a gooeyness to an already soft breading, while the cinnamon added just the right amount of spice to set off the vanilla’s sweetness. Bland as it may sound, this French Toast was anything but.
Saturday Morning Cartoons consisted of blue moon (no, not the beer!) ice cream laced with chocolate-covered Fruity Pebbles. The base was slightly sweet with subtle notes of vanilla and marshmallow, serving as the milk to the cereal. The chocolate-covered Fruity Pebbles were few and far between, lending to the nostalgic flavor’s reminiscence of lapping up the remaining cereal milk, catching a stray cereal piece here and there. Had it not been frozen, we probably would have slurped it up. It was that good. So good, in fact, that the doughnut became an afterthought. So good that we couldn’t care less about flashing our Smurf-stained teeth all about town afterward. Milk and cereal will never be the same.
Breakfast will never be the same, for that matter.
If You Go …
Serendipity Ice Cream
8130 Big Bend Boulevard
Webster Groves, MO 63119