I don't know how far west the Friendly's restaurant chain goes, but not far enough. When I was living in California ten years ago, I made it a point to go out of my way to get to Friendlys whenever I came back east to visit friends and family. Why? For one of these:
A Reese's Pieces Sundae. Really, I could just eat a bucket of the peanut butter sauce.
Actually, my husband DID bring back a bucket of the peanut butter sauce for me on one of his visits home when I didn't accompany him. I'll have to ask him how he made it through airport security. I digress. Back before I knew a shred about dieting and nutrition, this would accompany some kind of giant melty fatty hamburger and pile of french fries. Oh, and a Diet Coke. Didn't want to go overboard.
There's a few reasons why the Reese's Pieces sundae is a rare treat for me today, even though I live back on the east coast and can have one whenever I want:
1. Since I can travel 15 minutes in any direction and hit a Friendlys, it has lost its allure.
2. I generally choose where to go out to eat by who wants to give me free stuff. If I don't have a coupon for your establishment, I won't go.
3. Most importantly, I now know how to read nutrition facts. This sundae should be renamed "Meal Replacement Sundae" - the three scoop version is 890 calories!
Well, it just so happened that on Saturday, I had a "Buy One, Get One Free Three Scoop Sundae" coupon for Friendlys - AND my husband and I had just successfully run 8 miles. The planets had aligned perfectly for me to not feel guilty about substituting my favorite ice cream in the world for a balanced, healthy lunch.
(of course, I wasn't cognizant at the time that I'd be chasing a Sundae on Sunday with a cookie binge). I decided to scope out the nutrition facts online to make sure there was no wheat hiding in any of the sauces, and was happy to see that Friendlys is good about making their allergen info easily accessible.
As I was looking through the nutrition information, I noticed the sundae would set me back a whopping 57 grams of fat. I can't do tables here in Spark, so check out my post here to see how I made it work and a photo of my version: wp.me/p1N36Q-5c
Even this one looks better than what I got: