When people are celebrating, ice cream is probably on the menu.
That’s why Milton’s 250th Birthday Committee wanted to incorporate the treat into the year-long celebration of the town and why Island Homemade Ice Cream created Arrowhead Delight, a unique flavor made especially in Milton’s honor.
“Ice cream is a fun food,” Committee Chairman John Lindsay said. “It’s food you share with friends and family.”
The 250th Committee and Milton Community Youth Coalition will host an ice cream and hot cocoa social this Saturday to share Arrowhead Delight with all of Milton.
Planning the year of activities last fall, the committee considered events the Milton community might have enjoyed in the past: a barbecue or a dance, perhaps. But when someone suggested a ’50s-themed ice cream social, the wheels started spinning.
Lindsay thought, “Wouldn’t it be fun to actually have a company make an ice cream flavor for us?”
The group settled on the name easily: Lake Arrowhead is an unmistakable feature of the town’s landscape.
The committee members also considered what colors and flavors could hark back to the town and also what people would enjoy eating. MCYC Director Kim Dellinger said the group wanted to incorporate maroon, brown and cream to call to mind Milton’s municipal signage; the “Entering Milton” signs on Route 7 are those hues.
Of course, those colors lend themselves well to a chocolate-raspberry flavor, and “Can you get much better than that?” Dellinger asked.
Lindsay said, “It’s a little sweet, a little chunky, a little off the wall. It’s something to represent the eclectic mix that Milton is.”
Lindsay researched local ice cream makers and discovered Island, a small-batch creamery run by a couple in Grand Isle. When Lindsay approached Gary and Patty Sundberg, they were delighted to be a part of Milton’s 250th year.
“It’s kind of a once-in-a-lifetime thing,” Gary Sundberg said, adding, “when you try it, you’ll know this is really special.”
Arrowhead Delight is vanilla-based with melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chunks and a homemade raspberry variegate, or swirl.
“We go overboard with everything,” Sundberg said. “We want to make sure whenever you get a scoop of something, you’re not searching for what kind of ice cream it is. There’s plenty of raspberry and plenty of chocolate.”
The raspberries used to make the swirl were grown at Sam Mazza’s Berry Farm in Colchester, Sundberg added.
But with below-freezing temps this week, will Miltonians warm up to the idea of ice cream?
Lindsay said January was picked simply because events were already planned for warmer months. The hot chocolate bar with a variety of toppings, like marshmallow and peanut butter chips, will help make the event a little more seasonal, Dellinger said.
Plus, winter happens to be Island’s downtime.
“We can try things differently,” Sundberg said. “We can make vanilla ice cream all day long, but it’s fun to do different things.”
Island Ice Cream makes specialty flavors for restaurants around the state, like the Jay Peak Crumble, a blueberry shortbread ice cream. They’ve also been commissioned by couples to create flavors to commemorate their wedding day. Black pepper and strawberry vinaigrette are two unique matrimonial flavors they’ve made.
“That’s part of being a small company like Patty and I are: We got all kind of flexibility,” Sundberg said.
But this is the first time the ice cream makers have been asked to commemorate a community event with a flavor. And Sundberg is happy to do it.
“We’re pleased to be part of that. Not to make light of it, but without a community, we don’t have a business,” he said.
Island will make 10 gallons of Arrowhead Delight for this Saturday, to be served by MCYC staff and board members. The event runs from 1 to 3 p.m. at Milton Elementary Middle School. A limited number of pints will also be available for $6 that day, and depending on demand, Island can make more batches.
Proceeds from Saturday’s event will be split between Milton’s 250th events and MCYC, Dellinger said. Any future sales of Arrowhead Delight will go toward 250th activities, Lindsay said. MCYC is asking people to bring a nonperishable food donation for the food shelf to the ice cream social.
Sundberg looks forward to Miltonians trying their flavor.
“It’s the community next to us,” he said. “The community supports us, and we’d like to do the same.”