Every June, as the summer heat begins to push people towards the cool comfort of ice cream parlors, competing vendors come together for Boston’s Scooper Bowl. The world’s largest all-you-can-eat ice cream festival is a three day long event, benefiting the Jimmy Fund.
In the past 34 years, the Scooper Bowl has raised more than $4.5 million for the Jimmy Fund.
“The proceeds go directly to the Jimmy Fund, which supports pediatric and adult cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute,” says Molly Moss, who manages the event for Dana-Farber.
This year, the in-kind contributors include Baskin-Robbins®, Ben & Jerry’s®, Breyers®, Delish®, Edy’s®, Friendly’s®, Hood®, Yuengling’s Ice Cream®, Yasso® . The biggest names in ice cream use the event to showcase their latest summer flavors. Last year, volunteers scooped more than 10 tons of ice cream, and this year, they hope to serve over 40,000 people.
The 34th annual event commenced at City Hall Plaza on Tuesday, June 7th, but it’s not too late to attend! The scooping will continue through Thursday June 9th, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day.
The lines may seem long, but they move fast, and we have the inside “scoop” on which flavors are most worth waiting for!
1. SOUR PATCH KIDS® REDBERRY® Blast (Baskin-Robbins)
“It’s like being in a movie theatre and having Sour Patch Kids and ice cream at the same time,” raves Weldon Spangler, senior Vice President of Baskin-Robbins. The crowd was buzzing with surprise over the sour candy swirl, and how well it complimented a creamy vanilla base.
2. Hunka Chunka PB Fudge (Friendly’s)
Similar to Moose Tracks, but with extra chunks. You can barely make out the vanilla ice cream beneath folds of thick peanut butter, fudge, and chocolate candies.
3. Maple Flavored French Toast (Hood)
The french toast flavor is infused into the base of the ice cream, and garnished with a combination of syrupy swirls, and clumps of maple sugar candy.
4. Cookie Jar Mashup (Baskin-Robbins)
Baskin-Robbins gets a well deserved second mention, with a twist on the classic “cookies and cream.” This cookie jar has chunks of Nutter Butters, mixed in with the chocolate cookies.
5. Empower Mint (Ben and Jerry’s)
Ben and Jerry’s latest flavor has a fantastic name and an even better concept: brownies and fudge, loaded into mint ice cream.
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At the end of the first day, consumers and volunteers alike, express the same attraction to a good cause and a good snack. Something pleasant stirs among a crowd of people making a difference, and of course, tasting such delicious flavors.
“It’s just an all around good vibe from everyone here,” says Brian Bestoso, who has been scooping for Ben and Jerry’s for the past four years. “Everyone’s really happy to get free ice cream.”
Heather Feeney has grown up with the Scooper Bowl. She sports an ice cream cone T-shirt, and says her love of the dessert has brought her back almost every year since elementary school.
“I’ve been coming since it was little and just started,” says Feeney, now 34, the same age as the Scooper Bowl.
Another attendee, Kathy O’brien, explains, “I came to support Dana Farber”. After a moment, she adds, “and I love ice cream”. This seems to be the consensus.