Some readers out here on the west coast – even moreso if you’re in Southern California – probably remember eating Thrifty Ice Cream at some point or another. The award winning ice cream was sold at Thrifty Drug Stores before the chain was bought out by Rite-Aid and it was incredibly inexpensive for the quality. I clearly remember getting scoops for 25 or 50 cents each at the regular price.
I shouldn’t say “scoops,” however, because Thifty didn’t scoop. They stacked. Using a tool that is similar to (or possibly the same as) the Cuisipro Ice Cream Scoop & Stack, they pulled out cylindrical stacks of ice cream and loaded them into your cone that way. From a consumer point of view, it always seemed like I got more ice cream with one of these stacks and they were always much more neatly done than scoops. From a user’s perspective, these can be much easier to use than a regular scoop. The gadget is pressed straight down into the ice cream, twisted and pulled out with a perfect stack of ice cream. The top handle is pressed in to release the ice cream, pushing it out of the scoop and into your cone.
By the way, Thrifty Ice Cream is still carried at many Rite-Aids in So. Cal. I can even think of a couple of locations that will scoop it out into cones (although it’s more than 25 cents/scoop these days) from the ice cream bar. Others sell it by the gallon. My favorite flavors were black cherry, rocky road and mint chocolate chip. Yum!