It’s Na­tional Ice Cream Day — cel­e­brate with Fruity Peb­bles

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By Allyson Reedy

“Ev­ery time I take a bite of it, it’s like it’s 1987 again, and it’s awe­some,” said Ice Cream Riot owner Jim Mc­nutt of his fa­vorite fla­vor, Fruity Peb­bles.

Do you, too, yearn for the Rea­gan years? Do you love na­tional food hol­i­days? Hate ‘em? Doesn’t mat­ter — you should still get your­self to Ice Cream Riot to­day (July 16 is Na­tional Ice Cream Day!) for a scoop of Fruity Peb­bles, or one of the other ce­re­alin­spired fla­vors that the Col­fax cream­ery is known for.

Riot’s Fruity Peb­bles fla­vor doesn’t ac­tu­ally have the ce­real crunch­ing up the ice cream; rather, it’s blended into the base to taste like the ce­real milk left at the bot­tom of the bowl. You know, the best part.

It’s fruity and rain­bow-y and nos­tal­gic-y and, come on, does it get any bet­ter than fruity, rain­bow-y and nos­tal­gic-y?

Yes, you’re an adult and could the­o­ret­i­cally eat Fruity Peb­bles for ev­ery sin­gle meal if you so pleased, but I’m bet­ting that you don’t, and that this ice cream is scream­ing out to 7-year-old you. And, if you’re re­ally nice, the fine folks at Ice Cream Riot may even scoop ac­tual Fruity Peb­bles on top of your ‘cream.

“I’m an ‘80s kid, the last gen­er­a­tion of eat­ing sug­ary ce­real and your par­ents didn’t care,” Mc­nutt said. “I don’t eat as much ce­real as I used to, but to live nos­tal­gi­cally through my ice cream, I do it all the time. It makes me so happy.”

To see our full list of the 13 must-try ice creams for the 13 weeks of sum­mer, look here.

Ice Cream Riot: 1238 E. Col­fax Ave., Den­ver, 720-475-1853; Mon. 4-10 p.m., Tues.-thurs. 2-10 p.m., Fri.-sat. 1-11 p.m., Sun. 1-10 p.m.

Allyson Reedy (areedy@den­ver­ is a food writer for The Den­ver Post. On Twit­ter @Allysonbtc and In­sta­gram, Allysoneats­den.

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