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Unless you're getting this email in Florida or the Caribbean, you have to admit that it's been a grueling winter. Spring is JUST around the corner...isn't it? Well, we're gonna open, anyway, just like we said. Friday, February 6 is opening day for the 2009 Season (our ninth...can you believe it?), and we'll run our usual Winter Hours schedule up to Spring break next month, with the exception of the President's Day weekend when we'll be open on the Monday Holiday. And since it's the weekend of Oregon's 150th birthday celebration (Oregon became a state on February 14, 1859...I wasn't there, but I heard about it). We'll be glad to see both you and some nicer weather as we'll be open as follows:

? Fridays and Saturdays: 1pm-8pm

? Sundays: 1pm-6pm

? President's Day (Monday, February 16): 1pm-6pm


As we start our ninth year of bringing you the finest ice cream possible, we realize that "change" is in the air. Certainly the political mantra of the times, we also desire change, but since we've got a pretty good product already (OK, fantastic, but we don't like to brag), we considered what else could be changed. We centered on our "look" and decided that we could modify our menu to make it easier to read. We're cutting the clutter some, and we'll make finding just what you want easier (at least, we think so).

While we were at it, we thought we'd change the prices, too.

OK, the real reason for the menu change is the prices. Who's kidding who? Not that this should be a surprise to anyone. We're all paying more for, too. The Oregon minimum wage took a big jump, and we've seen multiple price increases from our suppliers. Dairy, nuts, fruits, and paper supplies saw major upswings, and of course, gas prices were as volatile as they've ever been, with many suppliers adding a "transportation surcharge" to the bill. While gas and some prices have stabilized, dairy, paper, and nuts have already shown increases in January, and other items are expected to jump later this year. And did we mention the big increase in the minimum wage?

The good news is that we're still NOT the highest-priced ice cream in town. Yet WE'RE the ones using premium ingredients and more cream than the other guys. It's more in Gearhart and Cannon Beach, too. The price increase is just a quarter more per scoop, and we're sure you'll think it's worth it.

Another change is flavor availability. We offered 22 flavors of our regular homemade ice cream last year, and in 2009 we'll offer TWO MORE to bring the total to 24 homemade flavors. To make room, we've ceased making our homemade no-sugar-added ice creams and we've also stopped making diabetic fudge. The short answer is "it's a business decision." A slightly longer answer is that we just didn't sell enough NSA ice cream or diabetic fudge to make carrying these items (and making them) worthwhile. We had high hopes, but despite the fact that there are more people today who should watch their sugar intake, few went for the diabetic options we provided. Heck, it was just as likely as not that someone ordering the NSA ice cream would want it in a waffle cone (and that's 15g worth of sugar right there in the cone). Go figure. To our loyal diabetic fans, we apologize, but there just weren't enough of you to make a go of it.

Finally, this email is a bit different. At least, we think it should LOOK different. The difference (which we had not planned on) can be summed up in one word: Vista. After almost a decade of Windows 98, we upgraded (no choice) and it turns out that the mail merge program works a bit differently. The GOOD news is that it actually seems to send the newsletter in the style we write it in (fonts, colors, all that). Never happened like that with Windows 98. If, for some reason, you CAN'T read this newsletter, please let us know (hit reply and let us see it, too). And for those of you wondering...Vista isn't as scary as they've led you to believe. Kept us busy in the off-season, though...


For those who care, Clatsop County now posts inspection scores for all restaurants in Clatsop County. As they say on their website: "Establishments that serve food to the public are routinely inspected by Clatsop County Environmental Health for compliance to the Oregon Food Sanitation Rules, which set standards for food protection, the facilities and provide employee restrictions to safeguard the public's health and provide consumers food that is safe." You can find Zinger's Homemade Ice Cream at the bottom of this list only because the list is alphabetical. In fact, we're one of a handful of places to have TWO perfect "100" scores for the last two inspections. You can find the latest scores at this website:


As we mentioned above, we now carry 24 regular homemade flavors. This means that we'll offer 12 "standard" flavors (the ones you always seem to buy) and 12 "special" flavors (different, unique, and some of them changing every month). The standards are in the back row (easier for us to reach, if you must know), and the flavor that moved from front to back has been italicized (and it's in purple). As if you wouldn't have guessed.

THE STANDARDS (back row): Butter Pecan, Chocolate Almond, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Coffee, Just Plain Chocolate, Licorice, Marionberry, Mint Chocolate Chip, New York Cheesecake, Oreo Cookie, Strawberry, and Very Vanilla.

THIS MONTH'S SPECIAL FLAVORS (front row): Black Walnut, Caramel Cashew, Chocolate Covered Banana, Cinnamon, Coconut, Double Butterscotch Chip, GingerSnap!, Oregon Black Cherry, Peppermint Candy, Toasted Marshmallow, Vanilla Chocolate Chip, and White Chocolate Chip.

FINAL FLAVOR NOTE: We planned so carefully...we wanted to start the new year on the right foot, but circumstances have reared their ugly little heads to cause some of our flavor supplies did not get to us in time (at least not by this writing); ergo - we might have a flavor substitute or two.


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