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Blue Bell Cantaloupe

John W. Pinkerton


In a village not far away beyond the creek, Yegua, lies the village of Brenham and within this village a little creamery christened Blue Bell at the dawn of of the Twentieth Century, 1907.

The little creamery provided Texas folks with a delight for their palates, ice cream---Texas ambrosia.

With the arrival of trains and automobiles, strangers from afar discovered the delights of Blue Bell and desired their own Blue Bell creameries.  Blue Bell began to deliver to distant states and even built creameries in far away locations. 

In the year of 2015, a dark cloud passed over the little creamery---Listeria.  Plants halted production, workers were laid off, and there was no ice cream for anyone...anyone. It was a sad time in Brenham.  It was a sad time in Texas.  It was a sad time for all who had sampled Blue Bell ice creams in the past.

Plants were overhauled; adjustments were made; and ice cream slowly began to return to the shelves.  The sadness in the land began to dissipate and smiles began to return.  The cry went up, “O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”

The flavors currently listed by Blue Bell include over seventy.  Here are but a few:

Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla

Blue Bell Cookie 'n Cream

Blue Bell Dutch Chocolate

Blue Bell Bride's Cake

Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Blue Bell Milk Chocolate

Blue Bell Buttered Pecan

Blue Bell Pecan Pralines 'n Cream

Blue Bell Butter Crunch

Blue Bell Rocky Road

Blue Bell Birthday Cake

Blue Bell the Great Divide

Blue Bell Christmas Cookies

Blue Bell Banana Pudding

Blue Bell Chocolate Chip

Blue Bell Caramel Turtle Cheesecake

Blue Bell Mint Chocolate Chip

Blue Bell French Vanilla

Blue Bell Strawberry Cheesecake

Blue Bell Moo-llennium Crunch

Blue Bell Triple Chocolate

Blue Bell Caramel Turtle Fudge

Blue Bell Natural Vanilla Bean

Blue Bell Southern Blackberry Cobbler

Blue Bell Strawberries & Homemade Vanilla

...and 47 other flavors.

The names make our mouths water.  The thought of each make us yearn for them. 

Then, in a moment of reflection, I was stunned by my own disturbing question, “Where is the Cantaloupe?” 

“Cantaloupe?” you inquire.

“Yes, my poor innocent.” 

It was created and distributed several years past; Linda and I consumed massive amounts of this delight.  It's absence from the list of flavors is surely part of some dastardly conspiracy against the taste buds of Texas...the taste buds of America.

I’m eighty now: I may not live long enough to see the return of Blue Bell Cantaloupe, but, perhaps, you will. 

Keep hope alive.