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No ice cream shortage on Long Island

Magic Fountain owner Ali Chouldry makes homemade ice

Magic Fountain owner Ali Chouldry makes homemade ice cream. He holds Kulfi, Chocolate Chili and Kauai Pie flavors. Credit: Daniel Goodrich, 2010

There is no ice cream shortage on Long Island. What there is is a shortage of a few popular Good Humor ice cream bars, among them toasted almond and chocolate eclair. According to Newsday’s James Bernstein, Good Humor’s parent company, Unilever, contends that the shortage is due to production issues. Butch Yamali, Long Island's biggest Good Humor distributor, believes that  the company is purposefully trying to get the trucks to sell the less popular items.

What I can’t figure out is how this situation rose to the level of government intervention. Nassau County Legis. David Denenberg issued a news release yesterday decrying “the ice cream shortage on Long Island impacting over 10,000 children and families” and called for a news conference today in Wantagh Park.

Long Island boasts scores of independently owned ice-cream parlors, not to mention Baskin-Robbins, Friendly’s, Ben & Jerry’s, etc., etc. There is, I repeat, no ice cream shortage on Long Island.

Photo: There's no shortage of ice cream at Magic Fountain in Mattituck. Here owner Ali Chouldry brandishes cones made with kulfi, chocolate chili and Kauai pie ice cream.

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