When the weather heats up, music critics in each of these Unites States try to outfox one another by being the first to correctly identify, beyond the shadow of a doubt, the summer song of the year.

But we know that you know what this summer’s song will be, because it’s the same song as it was last summer, and the summer before that, and so on and so on…

That song, of course, is the perennial music box-version of Scott Joplin’s 1902 ragtime classic, The Entertainer, which continues to be blasted through olde-tyme speakers on an infinite loop as ice cream men aim their trucks towards neighborhoods near you.

And just like we did last summer, and the summer before that, we are pleased to let you know that the alchemists in our pasty department have once again spun some ice cream gold out of the unlikeliest of ingredients.

To ring in National Ice Cream Month 2012, The Original is offering, throughout the month of July, 13 flavors that are, at once, both sophisticated and whimsically adventurous. In other words, there’s a flavor for everyone, even vegans.

Yep, you heard right. We’re even dreamt up a half dozen, milkless flavors for the vegans and the lactose-avoidant.

Among our newest flavors are Buttered PopcornVietnamese Coffee and, even a little special something to honor those who are expecting: Pickles and Ice Cream.

Among the many flavors from which vegans can choose are Pistachio with Cherry Caramel (!) and Dark Chocolate Sunflower Seed Buttercup (!!).

So swing by on a hot afternoon and stop in for a lick or two. And don’t forget, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy a scoop.

Rather have some scoops floating in a tall glass of soda pop? We can do that. We’ll also blend them into thick ‘n’ creamy milkshakes, and, if you’re of legal age, we’ll even spike them with shots of booze.

And while that is what often brings boys (rather adult boys, and girls) to the yard, we’re pretty sure that the strangely magnetic allure of something like pickled ice cream will, too.