The Tragic Ice Cream Shortage of 2012?

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Some advice:  don’t even look at the weather forecast for the next few days. All you need to know is that it isn’t getting cooler any time soon (high of 108!?).  So just stick some ice down the back of your shirt, find a pool to jump in, and flag down the nearest ice cream truck — that is, if you can find one.

Last year, Good Humor, that classic creator of frozen treats, announced that it would shut its Hagerstown plant and lay off 400 employees. But this year’s early spring meant that people were suddenly buying more ice cream than ever… and now, suddenly there aren’t enough Chocolate Eclairs and Strawberry Shortcakes to go around.

“Primarily due to the unprecedented warm spring weather, as well as the routine challenges presented when production moves from one plant to others, some iconic Good Humor brands are in shorter supply via mobile vending units,” a company spokeswoman said. In other words:  there’s ice cream enough for stores, but not for the ice cream trucks.

Have you missed the telltale sound of the ice cream truck’s approach this summer? Or do you have a line on one of the few that’s still operating? Let us know. We’re hot, and we could use a frozen treat.

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