Monday, June 30, 2014

Family Fun with Gifford's Ice Cream and Mini-Golf

Do you have a sweet tooth? A few hours after dinner, I often get a craving for something sweet! It breaks my heart to snack on delicious goodness, especially when my preemie can't always try what I'm having due to a milk intolerance.

Yesterday, I discovered a new sweet treat that's perfect for both mom and preemie -- Gifford's Famous Ice Cream - Red Raspberry Sorbet. The sorbet is dairy-free, light, and delicious. Just one spoonful of sorbet satisfies my craving. It's great to discover a new and special treat that can be shared with my little one every once in awhile.  

My husband and I discovered the tasty sorbet at the Gifford's "Good Times Ice Cream Tour"  Kick-Off party. The celebration was held at Dulles Golf Center & Sports Park in Sterling, Virginia, and was hosted by the Real Housewives of Northern Virginia

We weren't shy about tasting Gifford's Red Raspberry Sorbet, several different flavors of ice cream (including Chocolate and Toasted Coconut), and an amazing yogurt concoction (my personal favorite) -- Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip. 

Gifford's Famous Ice Cream is a fifth-generation, family-owned company that is headquartered in my birth state -- Maine. The company is launching its ice cream into the Washington, DC, area following the acquisition of the Maryland-based Gifford's Ice Cream and Candy Company.  To celebrate the expansion, the company's colorful ice cream truck will appear at more than 70 DC-area events in July and August.

We met Lindsay Gifford-Skilling, the great granddaughter of the family patriarch who started the original dairy business from a horse-drawn wagon in the 1800s.  Lindsay has a big job.  Not only is she a mom, but the General Manager of Gifford's Famous Ice Cream.  We also met her brother, John Chester Gifford, Jr., who is the Vice President of Sales.

John and Lindsay couldn't have been nicer. When they learned that I was a Mainer, John and Lindsay immediately invited me to tour the Gifford's Famous Ice Cream factory the next time I visit the state. I'm not sure if I'd be given the chance to try my hand at making ice cream, but I would certainly jump at the opportunity to do some more taste-testing.

After we tasted scoop after scoop of Gifford's Famous Ice Cream, we explored the many activities available at Dulles Golf Center and Sports Park.  We played a game of mini-golf, which was much more challenging than I had ever expected. We also panned for gems.  A good time was had by all.

Thank you to Gifford's Famous Ice Cream, Dulles Golf Center & Sports Park, and the Real Housewives of Northern Virginia for providing free treats and family fun.

What's your favorite flavor of ice cream? If you live in the DC metro area and are screaming for ice cream, be sure to tweet @GiffordsMaine using #FreeGiffordsIceCream to request a visit from the company's ice cream truck.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would write about it on various social media channels. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


  1. Sounds like so much fun!

  2. Looks like a fun family outing -- and now I have a craving for sorbet! :)

  3. Oh yum! An ice cream tour sounds like a good time :) I love sorbet! I'm a fan of ice cream in small quantities, and only if it's good ice cream. I could eat fruit flavored sorbets all day! Katie @ Cup of Tea