Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Eat Your Ice Cream Like a Billionaire

It’s confession time: Have you ever eaten ice cream at home for breakfast? If you’re trying to watch your weight, you will pay dearly for giving in to that temptation: starting out the day with a hefty calorie count is tough to overcome. If you have kids, you probably fight to hide your secret from them, anticipating some tough questions about why you can eat whatever you want in the morning while they have to stick to a “healthy meal.” In spite of these hazards, true ice cream lovers usually have some stories that they could tell about sneaking a scoop of ice cream at home before the sun is high in the sky.

Don’t hang your head so quickly, however. Snacking on ice cream at home for breakfast put you in pretty good company. Billionaire WarrenBuffett, who lives in a surprisingly frugal manner given his wealth, counts ice cream for breakfast among his few guilty pleasures. At this point, you may be anticipating that the ice cream in Buffett’s freezer is far different from yours—after all, he can afford to have his imported fresh from any location on the planet!

In fact, Buffett prefers Haagen-Dazs, which you can find in your local supermarket freezer. It’s a bit pricier than most other brands, but well within a normal budget if you’re looking for the chance to snack like a billionaire. On a humorous note, Buffett’s company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns the Dairy Queen chain. There’s no word yet on whether there’s any Dairy Queen products in his personal freezer….

If you’re looking for something extra special for the Christmas season, though, we recommend what seems to be this year’s hit: gingerbread ice cream! The spicy flavor of gingerbread combines very well with a great ice cream base, creating a treat with all kinds of possibilities for holiday celebrating. Use candy to create a mouth, eyes, and nose, and you’ve got a gingerbread man sundae.

Whether it’s fresh, homemade gingerbread ice cream or a pint of Haagen-Dazs, think of Warren Buffett the next time you raid the freezer before the rest of the family wakes up. Maybe having some ice cream at home before the day begins is the secret to making billions of dollars! There’s only one way to find out. Just make sure you get rid of the evidence before your kids see it, or you’ll have a lot of explaining to do.

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