Massachusetts, known for its distinctive state symbols, could soon add another delightful entry to the list by designating an official state ice cream flavor. Joining the ranks of the state drink, bird, flower, and even reptile (yes, it’s the Garter snake), the Bay State is now considering paying homage to one of America’s favorite desserts.
This flavorful proposal was set in motion with a joint petition filed in January, suggesting that “cookies and cream” should be crowned the official ice cream flavor of the Commonwealth. The proposal has recently been slated for discussion at a joint committee meeting.
Bill H3107, the driving force behind this initiative, was introduced by Representative John Rogers and Senator Michael Rush. Since its inception, numerous lawmakers have rallied behind this delicious cause, championing the delectable ice cream variety.
Cookies and cream is a beloved ice cream flavor, cherished for its lusciously creamy vanilla base generously studded with chocolate cookie pieces. Oftentimes, the familiar Oreo cookies are the stars of the show in this delectable concoction. The exact origin of this iconic flavor is a matter of some debate, with multiple claims, including the claim that Herrell’s Ice Cream, established in 1973 in Somerville, played a pivotal role in its creation.
In a delightful twist of history, it’s worth noting that former President Ronald Reagan declared July as National Ice Cream Month back in 1984, a monthlong celebration aimed at recognizing this “nutritious and wholesome food.”
The official designation of cookies and cream as Massachusetts’ state ice cream flavor would not only be a tribute to a beloved treat but would also celebrate the cultural and culinary significance of this classic dessert. As the proposal takes its place on the legislative agenda, it remains to be seen whether Massachusetts will soon have a delightful, chilly counterpart to its well-established state symbols.