Any true ice cream fanatic will tell you that you shouldn't eat ice cream with a metal spoon. It ruins the flavor. Now millions of kids are missing out on the fun of dipping, scraping and swirling a frozen treat with a tiny wooden spoon. It was part of the birthday experience. Personally, I would be glad to pay an additional nickle to get back the spoons.
While I'm not suggesting a full-fledged revolution complete with dumping your ice cream cups in front of your local creamery in protest, I don't think it would hurt to make your feeling known. In the meantime, you can purchase your own paper cups and spoons at places like Michael's or look for the cute MeriMeri cups online.
How about a little hot fudge sauce to go with your ice cream? This hardens when it hits the ice cream and become chewy, fudgey goodness.
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup light corn syrup
dash of salt
Bring to a boil, stirring until it reaches 210 degrees. Wash down the sides of the pan with a wet basting brush to keep crystals from forming on the sides of the pan. Remove from the heat and stir in:
2 ounces baking chocolate, unsweetened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Stir this vigorously until the chocolate is well combined. Store in refrigerator.