Braum’s Book Buddy — Promoting Literacy Through Sweet Rewards

Braum’s Book Buddy — Promoting Literacy Through Sweet Rewards

Reading proficiency by third grade is the strongest indicator of high school graduation, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Reading opens worlds through imagination and provides access to endless information. Although reading is vital to a child’s development, it can be difficult for parents and teachers to encourage reading in young students. When you provide an incentive for kids to read, you increase the likelihood that they’ll learn to love and value reading.

Teachers at Fillmore Elementary School in Oklahoma City Public Schools partner with Braum’s Book Buddy program to offer sweet rewards to young readers.

Book Buddy, a reading incentive program, supports community schools by enticing students with Braum’s treats in exchange for reading.  The incentives, though small, can make a big difference to young students who need encouragement as they practice their reading skills.  This year, over 400,000 students from Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas are enrolled in the program.

“At the beginning of the year, I have students who will come into my room and say they don’t want to read. They’ll try to get through the required reading, but don’t want to do anything extra,” said Holly Wilson, a second grade teacher at Fillmore Elementary.

Participating in Book Buddy helps her students reach reading goals by incorporating an important element into learning – fun, and of course, ice cream!

Book Buddy in the Classroom

Incentive is powerful with young students. Fillmore first grade teacher Jere Templeton uses the program to refocus her class on reading with effort.

“My class can get a little fidgety and the coupons bring them back in,” she said. “It gives them something to look forward to.”

Students are more eager to grab books outside of the classroom to earn reading points and keep their eyes on their goals. The extra reading practice is often vital to their success.

“It makes a dramatic difference,” Templeton said.

She even goes a step further by having her students write and draw about the book they’ve read so they can interact and comprehend the stories they read.  She expects that all this practice will pay off in the end.

“I really believe that the extra reading they are doing will be reflected in this year’s standardized reading exam scores,” she said.

While students get excited about free ice cream, the program has truly proven to be much more.

Learning to Love Reading

The program has lead students to develop a love for reading, which in turn has improved their reading levels. Wilson can recall a former student who participated in the program and who continues to benefit from the reading habits he developed while he was in her classroom. She said that he initially started reading just for the ice cream prize, but in time he developed a deep love for reading.

“He started reading more often and graduated to larger books, and then he was reaching for chapter books before I knew it,” she said.

Although a few years have passed, he still loves reading to this day.

“His mom told me he’s started reading Harry Potter,” Wilson said.

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Current students at Fillmore are also benefitting from the regular reading. Adventures have been shared with Pete the Cat; stops have been made at the Magic Treehouse. Wilson’s class is vocal about their favorite series.

“Green Eggs and Ham is my favorite book,” second grader Adrian Burrola said.

More reading means more exposure to different topics. Wilson includes books in her classroom about baseball heroes, African American history, and holidays.

“Once the students show an interest in a topic or time period, I really see them gravitate towards those kinds of books,” she said. “Passion and interest grow from independent study.”

The students’ excitement stands as a true testament to her statement. Their exclamations on a variety of subjects can be heard walking down the hall any given day of the week. “We read about the Titanic in class,” said Angel Rose Alvarez, one of Wilson’s students.

“I have a lot of Christmas books at home,” said 2nd grader April Faire.

Participation in Book Buddy continues to grow steadily each year, with participating schools in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and Arkansas.

“I wish more schools did this program because it’s one of the best programs to encourage and engage kids in reading,” Wilson said. “They want the ice cream. It is a sweet and tangible thing that they can strive to obtain. By them reading and having to take responsibility for what they have to do they are increasing their word and learning knowledge.”

Want to know how you can bring book buddy to your school? We’d love to help! Read more about Book Buddy rules and regulations, or email the Braum’s team at bookbuddy@braums.com.

Opening Date for Tecumseh Store Revealed

The Time Has Finally Come

Braum’s Announces Opening Date for Long Awaited Tecumseh Store

 

Tecumseh, OK – Ice cream lovers and burger devourers get ready because the wait is finally over! The local Braum’s will open its doors to the public at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 31st.

It is located at 1217 N. Broadway. This store has been in the works for quite some time, and it is finally ready to serve up delicious ice cream treats, scrumptious burgers and much more for the Tecumseh community.

“We have been looking to build in Tecumseh for several years, but all the pieces just had not come together before,” said Drew Braum, President and CEO of the company. “Now that everything is in place, we are very excited to have the store up and running to start the New Year off right; with ice cream and burgers, of course!”

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A celebration will even be taking place during Grand Opening Week, which is slated for February 6th-12th.  During this week, there will be special sales, prize drawings and even free kid cones on Saturday, February 11th from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Kids must be fifteen (15) or under and accompanied by an adult)

If you have not been by the new location yet, the building features a very sleek and modern design with nearly 6,000 square feet, double drive-through windows and seating for about 80 guests.

The company currently has 278 stores in a five-state area: Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas. There are 127 in Oklahoma alone.

Our stores combine an old-fashioned ice cream fountain along with a grill area for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This new store also has a large Fresh Market area with more than 100 fresh meats, fruits, vegetables and fresh-from-the-farm dairy products.

Holiday Cheers: Braum’s Egg Nog Recipes

 

Holiday Cheers: Braum's Egg Nog Recipes

It’s the most wonderful time of year – Braum’s Egg Nog and Premium Egg Nog Ice Cream are back!

These holiday favorites have been making appearances at holiday get-togethers for generations. The return of our holiday products revive visions of winter afternoons sweetened with a scoop of egg nog ice cream. They remind loyal fans of glasses of egg nog over loud family game nights and exciting present exchanges. Just the thought of egg nog conjures up cozy Christmas sweaters and a sense of good cheer.

For some, the return of these seasonal classics is as anticipated Christmas morning! We know you need to get your egg nog fix. This year, we recommend you try a few new recipes to take your egg nog obsession to new heights. These egg nog recipes are so good you’ll be the star of every holiday party and have no problem getting on Santa’s nice list.

So go on, keep passing out those cups of good cheer!

Want more recipes to showcase at your holiday feasts? Read through the Braum’s 2016 Holiday Recipe Brochure

Braum's Vanilla Caramel Egg Nog Cake

What You Need

  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 package French vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 cup Braum’s Egg Nog
  • 1 cup Braum’s Caramel Sauce
  • 4 cups whipped topping
  • Nutmeg

How to Make It

  1. In a large bowl, beat together
    the yellow cake mix, water, eggs, and oil until there are no lumps.
  2. Pour the cake batter into a well-greased 9×13 baking pan. Bake at the suggested heat (on the yellow cake mix instructions) for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Once the cake is removed from the oven, poke holes in the cake with the end of a wooden spoon.
  4. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the instant pudding with the egg nog until smooth. Pour the pudding mixture over the warm cake.
  5. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least four hours. Drizzle the cake with caramel sauce and then spread the whipped topping over the cake completely and sprinkle with nutmeg.
  6. Chill for an additional hour before serving.

Recipe courtesy of Caryn Ross

Make It Your Own

  • Get seasonal and decorate the cake with crushed candy canes or red and green sprinkles!

Egg Nog Milkshakes

What You Need

  • Braum’s Premium Peppermint Ice Cream, or your favorite Braum’s holiday flavored ice cream
  • ½ to 1 cup of Braum’s Egg Nog
  • Braum’s Whipped cream
  • Peppermint candy cane (finely crushed)

How to Make It

  • Scoop 4 to 5 large scoops of Braum’s Premium Peppermint Ice Cream (about 4 or 5 large scoops) into a blender.
  • Pour in about ½ cup Braum’s Egg Nog and cover blender with lid.
  • Blend the ice cream and egg nog on a medium setting. If the mixture is too thick, stop the blender and add additional egg nog.
  • Pour the shake mixture into chilled glasses. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle crushed peppermint candy on top.

Make It Your Own

  • The most wonderful thing about milkshakes is that there are no limits on what you can create! Swap the Premium Peppermint Ice Cream for Premium Egg Nog Ice Cream for an intense, holiday-centric concoction!

Egg Nog Pumpkin Pie

What You Need

  • 15-ounce can of Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 cup Braum’s Egg Nog
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1½ teaspoon pumpkin pie seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 9-inch unbaked pie crust
  • Braum’s Premium Egg Nog Ice Cream (to serve)

How to Make It

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and egg nog. Mix in both eggs and incorporate them into the pumpkin mixture completely.
  • Pour mixture into a pie crust-lined pie plate.
  • Bake the pie at 425°F for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F and bake for additional 35 minutes. To check if the pie is completely cooked, stick a knife in the center of the dish. If it comes out clean the pie is done. Let the pie cool before serving and garnish with a scoop of Braum’s Egg Nog Ice Cream.

Make It Your Own

  • Prepare your own pie crust using a family favorite recipe. Get creative, cutting festive shapes from leftover pie crust dough. Place your design on top of the pie and brush with milk or egg wash!

Egg Nog Caramel Pecan Cheesecake

What You Need

  • 1 ½  cups graham cracker crumbs (approx. 10 sheets of graham crackers)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3  cup granulated sugar
  • ¼  cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Braum’s Egg Nog
  •  4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Braum’s Caramel Sauce
  • 1 cup whole pecans

How to Make It

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray an 8 inch spring form pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a medium sized bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs, butter, sugar and pecans. Mix until it is a sandy consistency. Then, press the crust into the bottom of the spring form pan and about 1 inch up the sides.
  • Using a mixer beat together the cream cheese and sugar for two minutes, or until smooth. Add in the eggs and continue to beat for two minutes. Add in the vanilla extract, eggnog and flour. Beat for an additional two minutes.
  • Pour the cream mixture into the spring form pan. Bake in the oven for 50 minutes or until it no longer jiggles. Do not worry if it cracks, the caramel topping will cover it. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool completely. Cover and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 12 hours.
  • To make the caramel sauce: Simply mix together the caramel sauce and pecans and heat in the microwave for 1 minute. Allow the sauce to cool slightly and then pour over the cheesecake before serving.

Recipe courtesy of Caryn Ross

Braum’s Perfect Pair Holiday Edition

The Perfect Pair Holiday EditionOur summer Perfect Pair contest brought thousands of ice cream flavor duos that were full of fun puns, pop culture references, and even inspiration.

It was so hard to choose that we decided to go back and grab a few of our more festive favorites to highlight this holiday season!

We’re excited to spread cheer with these clever mashups of Braum’s ice cream flavors. Whether you’re trekking through the woods to grandmother’s house for Thanksgiving or sitting fireside on New Year’s Eve, these festive concoctions will kindle your holiday spirit.

When you grab your next Braum’s double scoop cone, considered giving these combinations a try! The combos will have you dreaming visions of cozy autumnal feasts, sledding down snowy hillsides, and quite possibly dancing sugar plum fairies.

Congrats to our participants who contributed these tasty tidings.  Happy Holidays from Braum’s!

AUTUMN LEAVES — SARAH HOLT OF OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA

Autumn Leaves

BERRY CHRISTMAS — DANIELLE MERRYMAN OF TULSA, OKLAHOMA

Berry Christmas

CHRISTMAS COFFEE — AMBER KIRKPATRICK

Christmas Coffee

CHRISTMAS IN PARIS — ERIN SPRINGER OF BAVARIA, KANSAS

Christmas in Paris

CHRISTMAS VACATION —JANET HERREN OF STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA

Christmas Vacation

COZY AUTUMN NIGHT — TONYA COOPER OF MISSOURI

Cozy Autumn Night

DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW — CHRISTINE SCOTT OF PIEDMONT, OKLAHOMA

Dashing Through the Snow

HAPPY FALL, Y’ALL —TERI MARTIN OF EDMOND, OKLAHOMA

Happy Fall, Y'all

WHITE CHRISTMAS — COURTNEY MARTIN OF TULSA, OKLAHOMA

White Christmas

WHITE CHRISTMAS — COURTNEY MARTIN OF TULSA, OKLAHOMA

Winter is Coming

Top 10 Gluten-Free Ice Creams at Braum’s

Dietary restrictions can sometimes make restaurants and grocery stores difficult to navigate. But an allergy or sensitivity to gluten doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the frozen goodness Braum’s has to offer. We have dozens of gluten-free flavors.

Some people avoid gluten because they have celiac disease, which causes the immune system to react abnormally to gluten. Symptoms can range from nonexistent to severe, so those who suffer from the disease must be especially cautious about what they eat. Others may have sensitivity to gluten, which isn’t as severe as celiac disease but can still cause symptoms.

Gluten can be found in a host of foods, such as bread and pastas. It is in the ingredients of several of our ice creams. For example, our popular Cookies ‘n’ Cream flavor has cookie pieces, which contain gluten.

To help those with celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, and special diets, we have created a list of 10 of the most popular Braum’s flavors that are gluten-free. There are dozens more, so be sure to check the ingredients listed with our premium and light ice creams, regular and no sugar added frozen yogurts, and sherbets.

Braum's best gluten-free flavors

Braum's Frozen Yogurt

BOGO TUESDAYS!

We are celebrating Tuesdays with an awesome BOGO special. Right now, if you buy one 1/6 lb. Deluxe Cheeseburger Combo (#12) you get the 2nd one FREE! Be sure to mention that you want the BOGO on the #12 combo!

This deal runs Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to close at every store.

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The 1/6 lb. Deluxe Cheeseburger is topped with Smooth American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, Braum’s sauce and mayo over a sixth pound patty made of 100% pure beef on a bun baked fresh in Braum’s own bakery.

So quit scratching your head about what to make for dinner. Stop by your local neighborhood Braum’s and take advantage of this great deal!

And, if you are not in the mood for this combo, we have plenty of other options. Check out all of our other burgers and options here!

 

Best Birthday Ever: Three Recipes that Use Birthday Cake Ice Cream

Birthday Cake Ice Cream Recipes

Few things in life are sweeter than birthday cake and ice cream, but imagine combining both to create a concoction you’ll want to triple on your next waffle cone. You can have your cake and eat it (in ice cream form), too.

It’s little wonder why our famous Premium Birthday Cake ice cream is a fan favorite. The eye-catching blue ice cream is packed with amazing birthday cake flavor. White ribbons of marshmallow wave through the scoop and are complemented by pieces of classic pound cake.

Just a scoop can make any day feel like your birthday. Whether you’re blowing out candles or you simply want to treat yourself, these Birthday Cake ice cream concoctions will add an extra touch to your celebration.

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Mini Birthday Cake Ice Creams Cakes

Sometimes less is more – and adorable. Next time you whip up an ice cream cake to please party guests, consider serving individual mini cakes. The personal cakes can last for several weeks in your freezer, making it a convenient, make-ahead option.

What You Need

How to Make It

  1. Remove the pint of Braum’s Birthday Cake ice cream from the fridge and let it sit out for 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. While the ice cream softens, place a sleeve’s worth of Gold Oreos into a plastic gallon freezer bag. Close the bag securely and make sure no air is trapped. With a rolling pin, gently crush the cookies into small, pea-sized crumbs.
  3. Take the softened ice cream and spoon it into the individual cups of a silicon muffin pan. Flatten the top of the ice cream in the cups with a small spatula. Before the ice cream softens too much, sprinkle the Oreo crumbs to create a cookie layer on top of the ice cream.
  4. Cover the filled muffin tins with foil or parchment paper and allow the pan to freeze overnight.
  5. When ready to serve, invert the silicone cups and wiggle out the ice cream cakes. Place on individual plates or bowls and allow guests to top their cake with hot fudge, whipped cream, nuts, or sprinkles.

Make It Your Own

  • Experiment with your favorite Braum’s ice cream flavors. Substitute with classics like chocolate and vanilla, seasonal flavors like Braum’s Egg Nog ice cream, or even sherbet.
  • You can play with the crumb layer, too! Try Oreos, brownies crumbs, or your favorite candy.

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Birthday Cake Ice Cream Terrine

A terrine is a box-shaped dish that you slice to serve. A terrine can be used for savory foods to make a main dish, but — clearly — we think this food is a dish best served cold.

What You Need

How to Make It

  1. Start with your carton of Birthday Cake Ice Cream. Spoon about two-thirds of the carton into a bowl, and allow it to soften. (Put the carton with the rest of the ice cream back in the freezer. You’re going to want to eat it later, probably after your children have gone to bed.)
  2. Spoon about one-third of the vanilla out of the carton to soften, and put the rest of it back in the freezer to be enjoyed another day. Or later today. Whatever. We get it.
  3. Cut two sheets of plastic wrap, each about 18 inches long. Lay one sheet into the pan long-ways, and lay the other on top, short-ways across the pan. Let the extra plastic wrap rest over the sides. You should have excess plastic wrap on each of the four sides of the pan.
  4. Now, take about half of that softened Birthday Cake Ice Cream and spread it in the bottom of the loaf pan.
  5. Sprinkle in the Braum’s Pound Cake pieces and the sprinkles.
  6. Put the loaf pan in the freezer to set. It should be firm in about 15 to 20 minutes.
  7. Take the pan out and layer in the Vanilla Ice Cream. Sprinkle in more Pound Cake and sprinkles. Return it to the freezer to set, again for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  8. Take the pan out and layer in the rest of the Birthday Cake Ice Cream.
  9. Fold over the plastic wrap to bundle up the terrine. Put pan in the freezer to set for at least an hour.
  10. To serve, unmold the terrine from the loaf pan onto a platter. Slice it like bread and enjoy!

Make It Your Own

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Birthday Cake Ice Cream Milkshakes

These milkshakes will bring everybody to your yard. Proceed with caution.

What You Need

  • 1 carton of Braum’s Premium Birthday Cake Ice Cream
  • ¼ to ½ cup of Braum’s milk of your choice (we recommend whole milk!)
  • Blender
  • 2 large glasses for serving
  • Whipped cream topping
  • Waffle cones crumbled into sprinkle sized pieces
  • Bendable straws (optional, but do it.)

How to Make It (Makes two servings)

  1. Scoop a pint’s worth of Braum’s Birthday Cake ice cream (about 4 or 5 large scoops) into a blender.
  2. Pour in milk and cover blender with lid.
  3. Blend the ice cream and milk on a medium setting. If mixture is too think, stop blender and add additional milk (be careful not add too much as the mixture might become runny.) Blend until ice cream is smooth.
  4. Pour the mixture into tall, chilled glasses. Top with whipped cream and waffle cone sprinkles and serve.

Make It Your Own

  • Substitute the recipe with your favorite flavors. Try Braum’s Premium Pumpkin ice cream for an autumnal twist!
  • Mix it up! Take your favorite ice cream toppings and blend them right into your milkshake. Sprinkles and hot fudge pair nicely with birthday cake!

5 sausage biscuits for $5.55!

Need to feed the whole office or family? Braum’s has you covered! You can now get a bag of five sausage biscuits for just $5.55! It’s almost too good to be true!bag-of-biscuits-5-55-poster

Plus, we have several great breakfast options if you are in the mood for something else. Check out our breakfast menu to see what else you can get in the morning to start your day off right!

 

BOGO Biscuit & Gravy!

Let’s face it, mornings can be a challenge sometimes, but now you have something to look forward to every morning. Buy a good ole’ fashioned single serving of a Braum’s Biscuit & Gravy and you will get one FREE!

Our Biscuits & gravy are made with Braum’s Country Sausage for a delicious southern flair. You can even grab one of our specialty coffees, an OJ or Braum’s Chocolate Milk to round out your meal!

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And…If you are craving something else, the breakfast options are endless. Check them out here!

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