Ice Cream Sundae Google Doodle Is Screwing With My Diet

Heather Chaet
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google doodle ice cream sundaeI'm not a big breakfast eater, which is good as I'm also, ahem, counting calories (bathing suit season is right around the corner, ladies!). I have my beloved coffee and two pieces of toast -- all I was going to allow myself this morning. I felt good, I felt strong. But then I opened my laptop and what did I see? An ice cream sundae. Chocolate sauce, whipped cream and the requisite cherry on top. Dang it, Google! You and your Google Doodle are totally messing with my diet!

The Google Doodle gurus (say that five times fast) placed a yummy-rific logo on their home page in honor of the 119th anniversary of the ice cream sundae. Guess I'm starting my diet tomorrow.

If you click on the delicious doodle, we see this wholesome treat has a bit of a controversial history. As the tale goes, members of the clergy back in the old days deemed ice cream sodas "too frilly" to eat on Sundays. What did shopkeepers do? They changed it a bit, leaving out the soda and serving ice cream with syrup drizzled on it. They obeyed the "laws" yet still let the masses have their sweet treat. Who first did this was up for debate -- called the Great Ice Cream Sundae War by some. Both Two Rivers, Wisconsin and Ithaca, New York claimed to be the birthplace of the ice cream sundae, though bragging rights were won by Ithaca.

I kinda don't care who invented it, I'm just glad somebody did. I'm partial to a classic hot fudge ice cream sundae -- vanilla ice cream, hot fudge sauce, whipped cream. No cherry for me. But back to the diet, a 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream with 1 tablespoon of chocolate sauce is about 183 calories. Yeah, I know, who serves up a measly 1/2 cup sundae without whipped cream? Not me. I'm thinking double or triple that is a "usual" serving, so we were looking at 549 calories. Definitely not in the diet. 

The honors for most expensive ice cream sundae goes to the Golden Opulence Sundae served up at NYC's Serendipity 3 (seen in the movie One Fine Day with the equally delectable George Clooney). It costs $1,000, requires 48 hours advanced notice and is served in a Baccarat crystal goblet with an 18-karat gold spoon and a 23-carat gold leaf you can eat.

Anyone know how many calories in edible gold?

What do you like on your ice cream sundae?


Image via Google

 

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