So, I went to Oberlin College, where Ben & Jerry’s got their start. In the legend I heard, Ben was a townie, Jerry a student, and the ice cream a Winter Term project; the veracity of this statement is potentially quite dubious, but nonetheless, every incoming freshman was given a coupon for a free pint of the the stuff at one of the general stores in town. I used it for one of their non-loaded ice creams–are any of you old enough to remember those? YOUTHS!
From Russia, With Buzz was a combination of White Russian and Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz Buzz. Damn good ice cream. I miss it.
For today, a fun mix of flavors, from the nutty to the fruity to the straight-up loaded with treats:
Caramel/Dulce de Leche v. Chocolate Chip Make no mistake, caramel was a much-beloved flavor well before marketers decided to posh it up as dulce de leche. Chocolate chips are, of course, the most basic of additions.
Rocky Road v. Maple/Maple Nut Anyone else remember Breyer’s Heavenly Hash? I liked it better than Rocky Road, but that’s the closest I can get since HH was discontinued. Maple is another regional favorite; I’ve had it with walnuts, pecans, almonds, and nutless–all of which are delicious.
Raspberry/Black Raspberry v. Black Walnut Whether it’s black raspberry or just raspberry seems to be a regional tic. I know black walnut hasn’t made its way everywhere, but seek it out if you can! Stronger than standard (English) walnuts, the black walnut creams have a rich, smoky, almost earthy full flavor.
Mocha Almond Fudge v. Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Whether the trademarked Baskin-Robbins version or a haute espresso cream with chocolate-covered roasted almonds, MAF is always a winner. The Swirl marries the best of two worlds, the most popular flavors.
Now, else who wants to resurrect some discontinued flavors? Also, vote ;) You have until 5:30 p.m. EDT Thursday.