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Thursday, June 14, 2012

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Bloggers reveal their favorite summer moments and how Nestlé® Drumstick® cones are a classic summer treat to share with their family and friends.  Click on the posts below to read their reviews of the new flavors and enter to win a $100 Walmart gift card.
Check out the new Nestlé Drumstick flavors: Drumstick Pretzel Dippers and Lil’ Drums Caramel Delights in Vanilla Caramel Crunch and Caramel Graham cones!
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Summer in Texas: Ice Cream & Cannonballs

I don’t need a calendar to tell me that summer is nearly here. The days get longer, the electric bill skyrockets, we enjoy weekend lunches by the pool, evenings are capped with dinner and a beautiful sunset on the patio, and the neighborhood kids get louder with each passing day as they pile off the school bus. They know that there’s an end in sight.I totally remember those days. Nearly two years ago, we decided that we just couldn’t take another Texas summer without a swimming pool. We loaded up our 8 month old daughter and moved to the suburbs. 
Summer is by far my favorite season. There are just so many outdoor activities to be done, so many baseball games to be seen, and so many sprinklers to be run through. Also? A whole lot of ice cream cones to be eaten!Nestlé recently put out some new Nestlé® Drumstick® flavors and I could not be more excited about them. Their Pretzel Dipped Drumstick Cones might just be the best thing that's happened to me all year. They are just like the classic dipped Drumsticks but have pretzel pieces mixed into chocolatey coating! 

A Drumstick A Day

Growing up, my summers were spent with my family at the Jersey Shore. Long days at the beach ended with a visit to our condo pool. They were quite the enjoyable worry-free summers, to say the least. These days, though, life doesn’t let me escape to the beach or pool in the summertime as much as I’d like. As as young professional working and living in New York City, my friends and I have to find ways to bring our fun summer activities to us. Sometimes it’s going somewhere for brunch where we can enjoy our meal outdoors.
With summer quickly approaching, I thought today I would share my love for Nestle Drumsticks with you lovely peeps!! Lets be serious, this girl loves ice cream! And I prefer ice cream cones! I'd much rather grab an ice cream cone on the go than have to make a bowl of ice cream so I'm a Drumstick girl all the way! Drumsticks will forever remind me of summer and my childhood. Summers in Houston are miserably hot so for as long as I can remember, Drumsticks have been my ice cream cone of choice for a nice summer snack! 
We are inching closer and closer to summer here in Ohio. We keep getting little glimpses of it, an 80 degree day here, an 85 degree day there. It is just enough to break out the shorts, open up the windows and stick toes in the grass. This weekend, we did just that. Off we went to spend some time with the cousins. It was nothing special, just some time playing on the swing set and enjoying this gorgeous weather. We parents got to sit on the deck with the little ones and watch the boys having a blast.
Ice cream is an almost nightly thing in my house all year long. But in the Summer, it is an afternoon AND nightly thing in my house. As a kid, I always favored Nestle Drumsticks. There was always something magical about the chocolate coated scoop of ice cream, and the hidden chocolate in the bottom of the cone. I remember so many warm evenings when the ice cream truck came by, and I'd count my change in hopes that I had enough for a coveted Drumstick. I love to share nostalgic memories like that with my son.
Do you remember that period of sweet innocence - you know that period of time when your firstborn is too small to realize two things: 1. That the ice cream truck that drives by your home actually is carrying ice cream and isn't just the 'crazy music truck' that you sweetly explain that it is, and 2. That you hope that the toddler is sleeping soundly before the 'crazy music truck' comes by so you can go get a Drumstick for yourself and totally not have to share! Yeah, those blissful ice cream hoarding years clearly don't last long enough.  
When I was a little girl, my cousins and I would spend our days playing outdoors, anxiously awaiting the jingling melody which announced the arrival of the most important part of summer: the ice cream man. I have no idea what the ice cream man offered because creature of habit that I am, I always got the same thing: a Nestle Drumstick. Once, I fleetingly entertained the idea of a multi colored popsicle shaped like a rocket but didn't go through with it. My dollar was reserved for a drumstick.

The Sweet Taste of Summer

With the cold and rainy days never ending, and summer still a couple months away, to warm my chilly bones I like to daydream about summer memories from my childhood. My sisters and I grew up right down the street from my cousins and every year we looked forward to those three months of summer that we could run around outside and spend every minute of daylight riding bikes, swinging on swings, swimming in the creek, building forts and doing whatever else our little hearts desired.  
We consider Summer vacation pure magic around this house. Birthdays are great and Christmas is fun, but Summer is probably our favorite time of year. We have a lot of traditions that include staying up late, swimming everyday, and eating a lot of frozen treats. Nestle Drumsticks were a family favorite in my house growing up and the same went for my husband’s family, so they frequently make an appearance when we are enjoying summer fun.

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