Anne here, blogging on the eve of an excursion -- in Australia!-- with Mary Jo, to be followed by REWAustralia's annual conference, but more of that next time. In the meantime, I'm thinking of ice-cream.
There's a new ice-cream parlor opened up near me and despite the cold winter weather (in Melbourne, Australia) there are lines of people waiting to buy. I can't imagine what it's going to be like in summer.
It seems to me that since domestic ice-cream-making machines have become easily available, people have been experimenting more and more with flavors and ingredients, and that has certainly spilled over into the commercial field.
Yes, the big established ice-cream chains have their devotees, and always will, but people like to have choices and to taste things that are a little bit different.