There was a point in my life that I ate ice cream for breakfast. True story. There were also points in my life where my notion of a serving size of ice cream was probably about three sizes too big. I was honestly scared that I was going to go overboard with the ice cream when I went off to college, considering UW Madison makes their very own ice cream at Babcock Hall, and it is available at nearly every dining hall. Cheap ice cream + housing food account money = potential problem.

For some odd reason though, I did not have an ice cream problem. Giant scoops of ice cream just did not seem appealing to me. One day at Fresh Market, Sarah and I stumbled into some pints of $8.99 ice cream. Our train of thought was something like: if it’s triple the price of Ben and Jerry’s, it must be extraordinarily amazing. We bought this ice cream, Jeni’s Brambleberry Crisp. We made four servings out of that pint. We ate it for breakfast with some oatmeal to celebrate registering for classes. That was the beginning of our responsible consumption of ice cream.

6 steps to responsible consumption of ice cream:

1. Have a change jar

2. Put change in change jar. No cheating by putting in bills.3. Take the change to the grocery store and buy some delicious, minimum $6 pint ice cream. We recommend Jeni’s or Luna and Larry’s Coconut Bliss. Warning: cashier may give you evil glares for paying in change. You may want to go to the bank first and turn that change into cash. We decided on Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Bliss.4. Optional: add something! Like oatmeal…or a frozen banana. Mmmmmm. We added frozen banana that wasn’t quite frozen, so it was like cold banana mush. Still yummy. And a spoonful of peanut butter.5. Share ice cream with your best friend while watching the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. Eat ONE SERVING of the ice cream. No more, no less. There are four servings in that pint.

6. Be happy knowing that there are still two more servings of delicious ice cream in there to enjoy on another special day.

Happy ice cream eating!