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The Great Good Humor Ice Cream Shortage of 2012 Is Upon Us

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The first day of summer greeted residents of the Northeast with temperatures approaching triple digits. There couldn’t be a more perfect time to grab a tasty Good Humor Toasted Almond Bar from the friendly neighborhood ice cream truck.

But, alas, there were barely any Toasted Almond Bars to be found. Same for other Good Humor favorites such as Candy Center Crunch and Chocolate Eclair bars. Yes, folks, we are in the midst of what will be looked back upon as the “Great Good Humor Shortage of 2012.”

According to Unilever PLC, which makes the tasty treats, a warm spring sapped their supplies. That coupled with the closing of a plant last month in Hagerstown, MD, has severely compromised the company’s ability to get certain flavors out to the trucks and stores of the heat-blasted Northeast.

“We are confident that all issues will be resolved by mid-summer,” Unilever spokesman Jeff Graubard said, as ice cream lovers in states like New York and Pennsylvania fried, their parched tongues unable to taste the sweet joy of a King Cone.

Of course, there are other ice creams out there which could provide similar relief on a hot day. But according to Bill Pavone, who runs an ice cream shop in Tonawanda, NY, it’s just not the same.

“It sucks to tell someone you don’t have something,” Pavone said. “In most cases they’ll just pick something else but they’ll look a little disgusted.”

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