Gifford’s ice cream is a hit on Capitol Hill

Is ice cream made in Maine rich enough to sweeten the nasty gridlock on Capitol Hill? Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream is giving it a spin. On Monday the Skowhegan frozen dessert maker was touted by state officials in Washington D.C. to herald the company’s expansion into the mid-Atlantic states. “The delicious and refreshing taste of Maine is undoubtedly something that even the most ardent Washington partisan can rally around,” said Senator Angus King, who along with Senator Susan Collins held an ice cream social to welcome Gifford’s to the ‘hood. To announce their presence in Whole Foods Market and other grocers in D.C. Maryland and Virginia, the company is driving an ice cream truck around the capital area that dispenses free wild blueberry, camp coffee and other Maine-centric flavors to the uninitiated. “It’s quite exciting. We are bringing a piece of Maine down to them,” said Lindsay Gifford-Skilling, the company’s general manager. Those following @Giffordsmaine on Twitter and tweeting the hashtag #FreeGiffordsIceCream can get in on the sweet deal as the truck circles the District of Columbia this summer. “A lot of people that lived in Maine or who have vacationed here are happy to see us,” said Gifford-Skilling. The company, which opened in Skowhegan in 1983, but has been making ice cream for generations, “is a small, family business and a Maine success story,” said Collins in a prepared statement. “I applaud the company’s expansion into the Mid-Atlantic region, and wish the Gifford family and their dedicated employees much success.”giffords

Kathleen Pierce

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