Stakes are super-extra-exceptionally high today, with your bracketmaster’s favorite in the running. Editorial interference ahoy!
First order of business: I wanted to post the results of II.1 yesterday, but my internet was all fucked-up for about 24 hours. SO. Before we go further…
Round Two Results:
Chocolate 61% v. Coffee 39%
Chocolate Vanilla Swirl 65% v. Cherry/Cherry Vanilla 35%
Vanilla (bean) 58% v. Butter Pecan/Praline 42%
Raspberry/Black Raspberry 59% v. Neapolitan 41%
I am BEYOND devastated about Coffee. Pistachio is looking more and more likely to achieve a coup d’etat…
On to today’s match-ups!
Mint Chocolate Chip v. Cookie Dough Well, I could, if I really wanted to, challenge the flavor status of one of these competitors… after all, what is Cookie Dough but whatever-flavor ice cream with a single topping thrown in? That’s hardly the makings of a distinctive flavor profile! Mint Chocolate Chip, on the other hand, is the epitome of ice cream flavor rightness, with the “ice” aspect heightened by the cooling, refreshing taste of mint (usually peppermint). And I’m not talking about that artificially flavored, atificially colored candy- or toothpaste-esque crap. I’m talking the real deal, fresh creamy ice cream with peppermint oil, perhaps with some chocolate flakes or similar accoutrements added to the mix. Oh yeah, baby… ice cream heaven!
Rocky Road v. Fudge Ripple This match-up offers a similar (non)conundrum. Is Fudge Ripple really a flavor? Yes, it traditionally goes with Vanilla, but it’s found all over the place nowadays; is there any integrity to be found in that fudge? Rocky Road, however, suffers from no such adaptability issues: this is CHOCOLATE, with NUTS, and MARSHMALLOWS, and it DEMANDS your ATTENTION (and votes, don’t forget those). It also offers the last democratic chance for nuts in this bracket; if we can’t even make it to the semi-finals with *some* nuts in place, well. Something I’m less than in love with is going to be subject to military overthrow.
Voting open until Thursday 5:00 p.m. EDT; updated bracket I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM, WE ALL SCREAM here.