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Sweet Spot - An Ice Cream Binge Across America

Amy Ettinger

A journalist channels her ice-cream obsession, scouring the United States for the best artisanal brands and delving into the surprising history of ice cream and frozen treats in America. For Amy Ettinger, ice cream is not just a delicious snack but a circumstance and a time of year—frozen forever in memory. As the youngest child and only girl, ice cream embodied unstructured summers, freedom from the tyranny of her classmates, and a comforting escape from her chaotic, demanding family. Now as an adult and journalist, her love of ice cream has led to a fascinating journey to understand ice cream's evolution and enduring power, complete with insight into the surprising history behind America's early obsession with ice cream and her experience in an immersive ice-cream boot camp to learn from the masters. From a visit to the one place in the United States that makes real frozen custard in a mammoth machine known as the Iron Lung, to the vicious competition among small ice-cream makers and the turf wars among ice-cream trucks, to extreme flavors like foie gras and oyster, Ettinger encounters larger-than-life characters and uncovers what's really behind America's favorite frozen treats. Sweet Spot is a fun and spirited exploration of a treat Americans can't get enough of—one that transports us back to our childhoods and will have you walking to the nearest shop for a cone.

A journalist channels her ice-cream obsession, scouring the United States for the best artisanal brands and delving into the surprising history of ice cream and frozen treats in America. For Amy Ettinger, ice cream is not just a delicious snack but a circumstance and a time of year—frozen forever in memory. As the youngest child and only girl, ice cream embodied unstructured summers, freedom from the tyranny of her classmates, and a comforting escape from her chaotic, demanding family. Now as an adult and journalist, her love of ice cream has led to a fascinating journey to understand ice cream's evolution and enduring power, complete with insight into the surprising history behind America's early obsession with ice cream and her experience in an immersive ice-cream boot camp to learn from the masters. From a visit to the one place in the United States that makes real frozen custard in a mammoth machine known as the Iron Lung, to the vicious competition among small ice-cream makers and the turf wars among ice-cream trucks, to extreme flavors like foie gras and oyster, Ettinger encounters larger-than-life characters and uncovers what's really behind America's favorite frozen treats. Sweet Spot is a fun and spirited exploration of a treat Americans can't get enough of—one that transports us back to our childhoods and will have you walking to the nearest shop for a cone.
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A journalist channels her ice-cream obsession, scouring the United States for the best artisanal brands and delving into the surprising history of ice cream and frozen treats in America. For Amy Ettinger, ice cream is not just a delicious snack but a circumstance and a time of year—frozen forever in memory. As the youngest child and only girl, ice cream embodied unstructured summers, freedom from the tyranny of her classmates, and a comforting escape from her chaotic, demanding family. Now as an adult and journalist, her love of ice cream has led to a fascinating journey to understand ice cream's evolution and enduring power, complete with insight into the surprising history behind America's early obsession with ice cream and her experience in an immersive ice-cream boot camp to learn from the masters. From a visit to the one place in the United States that makes real frozen custard in a mammoth machine known as the Iron Lung, to the vicious competition among small ice-cream makers and the turf wars among ice-cream trucks, to extreme flavors like foie gras and oyster, Ettinger encounters larger-than-life characters and uncovers what's really behind America's favorite frozen treats. Sweet Spot is a fun and spirited exploration of a treat Americans can't get enough of—one that transports us back to our childhoods and will have you walking to the nearest shop for a cone.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kathleen McInerney

Length:

8h 27m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:26


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:19


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:20


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:25


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:32


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:13


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:35


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:48


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:37


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:33


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:52


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

10:00


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:49


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:36


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:02


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:33


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:09


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:18


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:01


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

10:00


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:41


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:18


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:23


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:56


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:59


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:03


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:50


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:46


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:44


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:02


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:30


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

09:35


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:44


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:15


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:44


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:58


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:43


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:04


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:52


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:43


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:45


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:48


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:57


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:18


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:39


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:38


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:22


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

09:03


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:40


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:50


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:18


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:38


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:18


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:55


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:05


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:42


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:16


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:07


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

09:43


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:06


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:23


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

09:22


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:58


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:56


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:12


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:10


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

00:32