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Dryer’s Slow Churned Ice Cream and the Suburban Village

Dryer’s Slow Churned Ice Cream and the Suburban Village

This is a compensated review from BlogHer and Dreyer’s/Edy’s Slow Churned Neighborhood Salute

Scene: Friday night, dusk. My neighborhood.

Little girls run down the sidewalk wearing bathing suits. They just spent the past hour swimming in a pool that belongs to none of them, but rather a different neighbor who is happy to see the expensive pool get some use. Their wet hair hangs down their backs. They pause to whisper secrets into each others ears before they skip away. Their giggles echo in the cul-de-sac.

Teenage boys play basketball in a neighbors driveway. They try to act tough and cool, but they are just like overgrown 8yr olds. They straddle that fine line between childhood and adulthood, vacillating wildly between the two.


The younger boys ride their bikes around, as fast as their legs can pedal. They come to screeching stops leaving a trail of rubber from their tires behind. They jump off their bikes and let them crash down in the middle of the road as they run off to find salamanders in the storm drain of yet another neighbor’s house. Their faces are tan. Their knees are scraped. Their voices are loud.

Driveways are littered with toys that may or may not belong to the occupants of that particular house. The sidewalks are covered with hopscotch boards and chalk drawings, the graffiti of the suburbs.


I stand outside talking to some of the other parents. The street lights come on. Eventually it gets dark. The children mostly go inside grudgingly until there are just two families left outside playing in the street.

“Want to eat dinner with us?” I ask, knowing that I have a huge pot of chili on the stove. It is a Friday night. This is as exciting as it gets in the suburbs.

“We would love to. I’ll make root beer floats for dessert.”


Before I lived in this house, I thought neighborhoods like this were a myth. But by pure luck we have found a place were people do more than wave on their way out of the driveway. We have found a place where people care about each other and look out for each others children. A place where we share the small moments of our lives, the moments that bookend our days, the moments that tend to be forgotten. But in the end, it is those which matter the most.

Oh, and don’t forget the root beer floats. Because that is where the true excitement lies.


Would you like a chance to win an ice cream party for your entire neighborhood?

Simply go to the Dreyer’s/ Edy’s website to win one of 1,500 Dreyer’s/Edy’s® Slow Churned® Neighborhood Salutes. Each winning neighborhood will scoop up a doorstep delivery of Dreyer’s/Edy’s® Slow Churned® Light ice cream (with half the fat than regular ice cream, Slow Churned® gives neighbors even more reason to celebrate!). The package includes all of the fixings (cups, bowls, scoops, etc. and of course, ice cream, to host a summer block party for up to 100 guests.)

I totally wish I was eligible to enter this since we have just decided that for my daughter’s birthday party we are going to have a Make-Your-Own-Icecream-Sundae-Princess/Pirate party. Phew, was that enough hyphens for you or what?

Enter by May 29th at 11:59 PM (ET) for a chance to win a neighborhood “>slow-churned ice cream party.
In order to win Neighborhood Salute, people have to tell us why their neighborhood deserves to win a party in 350 words or less.

Offical rules and boring stuff:

No duplicate comments.
You may receive an additional entry by linking on twitter and leaving a link in the comments.
You may receive an additional entry by blogging about this contest and leaving a link in the comments.
This giveaway is open to US residents, 18 and older
Winners will be selected via random draw, and will notified by e-mail.
You have 48 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
Please see the official rules here: Official Rules

And since not all of you can win an ice cream party for your neighborhood, leave me a haiku about ice cream in the comments and I will chose ten(10) of you to receive a coupon for a free 1.5 quart of Dreyer’s/Edy’s slow churned ice cream.

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  1. Carrie says:

    Here in Wisconsin
    Not enough time for ice cream
    Love it while we can!

  2. Meg says:

    Oh you KNOW my love
    for haikus is nearly as
    great as for ice cream.

  3. Shannon says:

    A bunch of our neighbors just completed a 10-week Weight Loss Challenge and lost 101 pounds together! What a wonderful reward to share with our families. To try out the new ice cream with half the fat would be an awesome way to celebrate our success!

  4. Melanie says:

    I use to live in a neighborhood like you do now. It was wonderful. We now live in a great neighborhood but it doesn’t have a lot of children in it. You know people in the south always wave at others. That’s how we roll down here:) My husband and son love ice cream. Bluebell is my husbands favorite and my vanilla bean homemade (with famous amos cookies in it) is my son’s favorite.

  5. shannon says:

    mint ice cream is cool
    chocolate, vanilla too
    I want it all- NOW

  6. Katherine says:

    We are just moving out of an apartment complex where I couldn’t tell you the name of a single person living here. We are moving into a neighborhood. And I can only hope that it is anything like what you just described.

  7. Stephanie says:

    I grew up in a neighborhood like that… it was fantastic! You (and your kids) are so lucky to have been able to find a place like that to live. I hope I can find a neighborhood like that once I have kids. (Sadly, the neighborhood I grew up in is NOT like that anymore.)

    Here’s my haiku (pitiful as it may be):

    Some are addicted
    To drugs, cigarettes or beer.
    Ice cream is my vice.

  8. Stephanie says:

    Twittered! (or is it “Tweeted!”?)

  9. Lisa says:

    ice cream delightful
    in a carton or a cone
    cooling and warming

  10. Melissa says:

    Hmmm..350 words or less…well, we live on a cul-de-sac where the children outnumber the adults three to one. The only edge we have is that we provide the food, so winning the ice cream party would let us gain control of the wild ones for as long as it takes to eat a bowlfull! Thanks for the chance!

  11. Karen says:

    Delicious cold treat.
    Devour before it melts.
    So many flavors.

  12. Heather says:

    Neighbors are on crack
    Therefore, I am not sharing
    Ice cream is all mine

    (Mmmm, love ice cream, especially that slow churned stuff. Also, hi Chris! When are you visiting me and Darren in California?)

  13. Heather says:

    Wait, my haiku about crackhead neighbors probably means you won’t visit. Shit!

  14. Brittany says:

    ripe red strawberries
    swim in vanilla ice cream.
    instant summer bliss.

  15. Lindsey says:

    moving far away
    new neighbors need impressing
    ice cream fits the bill


    I need mommy friends
    new home, new state, new neighbors
    ice cream to fit in

    I can’t enter the larger contest, as we’re moving in a little over a month and don’t yet have an address in our new city. boo hoo. So, I need ice cream as a pick me up.

  16. Kelli says:

    ice cream
    rocky road cone
    melting, dripping, running
    down my chin, onto my shirt

  17. Mir says:

    Georgia summer’s here,
    Ice cream weather. Oh, Edy’s…
    I don’t want to share!

  18. Staci says:

    Ice cream rocks all summer
    long melting in places it doesn’t belong
    on the concrete of houses

  19. tammy says:

    i scream you scream we all screem for ice cream. oh thats right i forgot i do not like ice cream. but my family does and my neighbors most likley are normal and love ice cream so yes i think our neighborhood needs a nice ice cream party.

  20. NoMasNinos says:

    Your neighborhood describes most of the people of Austin, and why we just fell in love with that wonderful place we left. You have no idea how much I miss the sense of community we had there. And if you like ice cream, have you tried Amy’s? The one on Burnett was blocks from our house and has a playground, and a tasty burger joint next door. Yummy!

  21. DW says:

    Ice cream is yummy
    Every pregnant loves to eat
    I love it the most

  22. Shauna Loves Chocolate says:

    How I love ice cream.
    What’s my favorite flavor?
    Please, don’t make me choose.

  23. Joanna says:

    Here’s your ice cream. Quick!
    Eat it before it melts!
    May I have more, please?

  24. EG says:

    I confess, I’m a little confused. I already entered the contest at the Edy’s website. Are you having one here, too?

  25. anneliese says:

    we just moved to this neighborhood 1.5 years ago, and were welcomed into it with gusto. The adult women invited me to join their book club, the guys invited my guy to go out on mens nights (eating ribs at a local rib joint), and we, as family have been invited to a zillion smoked rib cookouts all summer long. The kids all run around from house to house, from sprinkler to sprinkler, and from “picnic” to “picnic, “(what they call it when they eat food outside…and they LOVE to do it).
    We would like to win this so we can have a whole ‘hood ice cream party, only themed “thank you for welcoming us to a hood that seemed only real on TV!”

  26. Lauren says:

    Cold on a hot day
    Melts all over the children
    Couldn’t be better

  27. colleen danner says:

    ice cream at breakfast
    melting into the oatmeal
    is simply heaven

  28. suburbancorrespondent says:

    strawberry ice cream
    much better than all the rest
    keep your vanilla

  29. Polly says:

    My neighborhood doesn’t deserve an ice cream party, but dang we NEED one! You see, our neighborhood consists of either upwardly mobile, two income, middle aged people OR retirees. We are the only family with young children. Therefore, we have very little in common, that we know of.
    It would be so nice to know these people’s names after year of living here. Truly, this is THE most unfriendly neighborhood I’ve ever seen.
    Please Dryers, pick us. We need you!

  30. Samantha says:

    I Love Ice Cream. Yeah!
    Vanilla with Hot Fudge Sauce
    Creamy, Yummy, Cool!

  31. Nikki says:

    We are moving to Columbia, SC in a few weeks (from Houston, TX). I can’t think of a better way to get to know our new neighbors than hosting a huge icecream party. Apparently, there are several families with children the same age as ours, several with older kids and a few empty nesters. We’d love to host an ice cream party at our new home and make some new friends!

  32. Heather from NC says:

    We love to entertain casually. This would be a great way to introduce our new neighbors and their kids to our community!

  33. Erin says:

    My kids love ice cream
    They like to share with their friends
    They have too many friends

    Man! I don’t think I’ve attempted to write a haiku since 5th grade! I love that they have alot of friends and really don’t mind them sharing, but a free tub ‘o ice cream would certainly give the pocketbook a break!

  34. Lisa says:

    Cool, sweet, creamy treats
    For my great neighbors to share
    Gosh I hope I win.

  35. Erika says:

    Mk, throwing my hat into the ring. I live in a really large neighborhood, (over 2000 homes, welcome to the burbs baby) so this would be more a block thing. We have had several new families move in over the past few months, this would be a rawkin’ way to intro them to all the hipness in which they now belong.

  36. Tanya S. says:

    Mmmmm…I love ice cream. I can’t think of any reason why my neighborhood deserves a party. (We live in an apartment complex that we’ll be moving out of when our lease is up because we just aren’t loving it.) So I’ll just have to enter to win some for me!

    Here’s my haiku:
    Ice cream fills my soul -
    And hips! with sweet cream goodness.
    Comfort at it’s best!

    Pick me! :)

  37. Katie in MA says:

    Wow, that is awesome - thanks!

  38. Michaela says:

    neighborhood is lame
    everyone left for summer
    ice cream by myself

  39. Stacy says:

    I just had my wisdom teeth out and ice cream is all I can eat. At least that is what I told my Wife to explain the purcahse of 3 gallons in one shopping trip!

  40. Andee says:

    Ice cream is my friend.
    But not really my rear ends.
    We fight about it.

  41. Steph says:

    do not know neighbors
    it would be good to meet them
    ice cream soothes the soul

  42. elizabethk says:

    Ack, I so dislike haikus
    but this is too sweet an offer
    though I’d prefer some booze.

    (Hmm - beer or wine floats! ;-D)
    Thanks, Chris

    You have surely found Texas. Our neighborhoods in Texas were as wonderful as what you describe. Where we live now (well, not at this moment, but usually…) people pull their car into the garage and that is that. I hope to do my part to change that…(that is a lot of thats! LONG, but wonderful day.)

  43. Leah says:

    Raw cookie dough chunks
    Floating in white creaminess
    I am in heaven

  44. FunnyGal KAT says:

    Ice cream for breakfast.
    A great way to start the day.
    And to end it, too.

  45. Polly says:

    ice cream is welcome here
    high mountain desert is very hot, indeed
    relief come in any form

  46. Jules says:

    Ice cream on my tongue
    its creamy deliciousness
    always makes me smile

  47. hokgardner says:

    Root beer floats are a
    favorite treat in our house
    sweet and cold desserts

  48. Danielle B says:

    Drip, drip on your shirt
    Didn’t I just wash that yesterday?
    Who’s got the wet-wipes?

  49. michelle rosborough says:

    Since I live on SoCal we eat ice cream here year round. We now have lot of kids on the street so they’d love to have a ice cream party

  50. Coleen Covington says:

    I’ve always wanted to hold a block party - having grown up in the middle-of-no-where, having neighbors now is really exciting. I have a little one, and so do many of the families on our block. It would be fun for everyone to share ice cream (and frankly a lot easier than me having to organize a pot-luck!)

  51. Amanda says:

    columbia street
    hot as hell in the summer
    we need some ice cream

  52. Kristin says:

    This is kind of an amazing post all in itself. I want to come live in your neighborhood!

  53. Gerylann A. says:

    My neighborhood is the long-term mental health in the hospital where I work in Mt Clemens Michigan. Most patients have lived in the hospital for 3+ months and will be going to group homes. The treat of a real ice cream party would bring smiles and make their day!

  54. nikki says:

    a tart mango summer
    keeps my prego tummy happy!
    hubby’s saving grace!

  55. catherine copeland says:

    If you are looking for a neighborhood that puts a premium on doing “good stuff” then here we are!!!! In our neighborhood if anyone has a rocky road we help them to make “ice cream of it”, kind of like making lemons into lemonade. We have raised bake sales and neighborhood yard sales to help out with a neighbor’s medical bills. Our neighbors have raised money to help find the cure for breast cancer and the March of Dimes. The benefit of community service helps us to grow closer together.

    You might think living out in the country you might miss a few things. Heck no! We are rich in friendships and family ties. Our neighborhood is a portrait of wholesome goodness. We care about each other because we understand how important each person is to our neighborhood family.

  56. amie says:

    Families, singles, new babies born,
    newbies, oldies, here for years,
    Still love to party together.

  57. Michelle says:

    Mmmmm I need some now
    Frozen treat, once in awhile
    Just bite after bite.

  58. Elizabeth says:

    My family and I live paycheck to paycheck (my husband’s paychecks). I am disabled. It is so frustrating not to be able to do things for your kids. Just for fun. No other reason than that. Just to see them smile. So, an ice cream party for my kids and their friends would be a warm (oops, cool :-P ) addition to our somewhat boring summer.

  59. Debbie says:

    Perfect Ice Cream Cone
    Glistening in the hot sun
    Oops! It’s in the sand!

  60. Heather Schlemmer says:

    My husband and I recently moved into an apartment complex through a non-profit organization that seeks to build community in multi-unit housing communities. We plan 70 hours of community events and resident care/appreciation events each month. We have a small budget and 314 units to serve. It would be an incredible gift for us to be able to provide a delicious ice cream block party for our neighbors!

  61. Tammy and Parker says:

    Kid with a g-tube.
    Learning to eat orally.
    Will work for ice cream.