Help Me Invent “Want” and “Need” Ice Cream with Ample Hills Creamery


Great news! I’m teaming up with the magicians at Brooklyn’s legendary Ample Hills Creamery to create two original flavors based on themes in my book, The Opposite of Spoiled. One flavor will be called “Want,” and the other will be called “Need.” The book has lots of detail about how parents can help kids learn the difference between the two, so we thought it would be fun to bring the themes to life with some irresistible frozen confections. We will serve the two flavors at my Brooklyn By The Book talk on Monday February 2, and the ice cream may make surprise appearances at other venues as well.

So what does this have to do with you? We are taking nominations on my Facebook page for ideas about which ingredients should go into each flavor. Please sit down on your own or with your family and dream up something awesome that relates to wants and needs (however you define them). Then, put your idea up on the Facebook thread and tell us what the base flavor and added ingredients, chunks or swirls ought to be. You can only submit twice, once for Want and once for Need. Don’t use Facebook? That’s fine, just send me your suggestions via e-mail. Feel free to explain why your flavors represent Want and Need in however much detail you want, or just let them speak for themselves.

If we pick your idea (or invent something based on it), we’ll send you 12 pints of ice cream packed in dry ice via overnight mail and 12 signed copies of The Opposite of Spoiled to share with your friends. And something else: Every 100th person who participates in the preorder deal, where you get a $27 DonorsChoose gift card to support a public school classroom project with your family when you pre-order a book, will get 6 pints via overnight mail. Just a few rules. First, no green vegetables. Chief Ample Hills ice cream mixmaster Brian Smith will only go so far you know. (I tried. He drew the line at kale, especially.) Also, you can’t mess around with the form. No bigger or smaller containers, and no bars, pops, balls, sandwiches or other such things. It would be fun, but the transport is too hard.

Any questions? Send me an e-mail. Your deadline is Friday January 16.


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