You know that old Counting Crows song? The one where we are told we “don’t know what we got till it’s gone” and then some bullshit about parking lots? That’s essentially how I’ve felt without my daily dose of Blue Bell Ice Cream these last few months.
Don’t get me wrong — I understand why it had to go away for a while. Blue Bell accidentally killed three people in April due to a Listeria outbreak. Tragic? Sure. Was it enough to warrant a full creamery shutdown? I suppose. But I’m not going to sit here and pretend I didn’t offer to pay $60 for a homemade Vanilla half-gallon after the temporary Blue Bell hiatus began.
Luckily for me and you, Blue Bell hit the shelves today for the first time in a long time.
From ABC News:
Blue Bell ice cream is back in grocery stores, four months after the company shut down production due to a listeria outbreak.
Ice cream from the Texas-based company is now available at stores around Houston and Austin and parts of Alabama.
Blue Bell said it will be restocking stores throughout this week, beginning with four flavor options. Homemade vanilla, Dutch chocolate, cookies ‘n cream and a blend of chocolate and vanilla have been offered so far.
The listeria outbreak in April was connected to 10 illnesses, including three deaths according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The company completely stopped production in April in order to retrain all employees and enhance preventative measures.
“Are you writing something about how Blue Bell is the frattiest ice cream? Because it is.” — Someone in the content office just now.
I was handed the Grandex company card to buy the office some Blue Bell this afternoon. When I made it to the grocery store, there were only four Vanilla half-gallons left — with a line of suburban house moms fighting over who was going to buy them. Somehow, I powered through and made the purchase before driving back to Grandex HQ — where it took just a few minutes for the office crowd to empty that bad boy clean.
Blue Bell is back, motherfuckers. Life can finally get back to normal..
[via ABC News]