Blogging A – Z Challenge 2022: Q is for Quiescently Frozen Confection

Herb’s Blog, Herbdate 22717 – 967

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Q is for quiescent, meaning still or restful. When I was a boy I would read everything that came to hand(I still do), including the wrappers on frozen treats from the ice cream man. The label said “A quiescently frozen confection.” Back in those days, a “smartphone” would have been one with an extra-long cord, a computer capable of doing a small portion of what my dumb little smartphone can do would have filled a five-story office building and Google was Snuffy Smith’s partner.

We did have a very heavy tome, at least twelve inches thick, called a dictionary. Dictionaries are really cool and dangerous books. The danger with them is that there are so many interesting things in them when you open them up. You can get lost wandering through totally unrelated words and subjects that have nothing to do with why you were opening it in the first place.

As a small boy, I was kind of disappointed to find out that quiescent means quiet or still. That’s all. Well, that was no big help, I mean, Of course, it was quiet. I had put water in an ice cube tray before. I didn’t think that there was any other way to freeze stuff because we had never made homemade ice cream when I was a kid. After I was grown and we had made it, I never thought there was a name for the process for it, but there is. I discovered on, via Google, that it is called overrunning. Ice cream is stirred or agitated all the while it is freezing.


  1. I thought for sure that Q and frozen treats were going to lead to that well known Queen of Dairy.

    I know quiescent from injury suits, where it is used to describe a person’s recovery hitting that place where it’s not going to get any better.

    • Wow. That’s really interesting. I had no idea there was a legal term attached as well. I really do learn something new everyday.

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