Persephoneers! Greetings and salutations!
It’s hotter than Hades here in lovely NYC and I’m bored (and broke) off my ass because almost all my students are currently abroad; what better way to ensure I remember what day of the week it is than to run another dairy-based bracket, this time focused on the sweet, cooling deliciousness that is ice cream??
First, some important notes: This is a contest of flavors, as opposed to comparisons within the spectrum of frozen deliciousness. You will find no Italian ices, no sorbet, no chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches in this bracket; marvelous as they all are, that’s an entirely different ballgame. Nonetheless, this is also distinctly about ICE CREAM – not chocolate as a flavor vs. vanilla as a flavor, but chocolate ice cream vs. vanilla ice cream (it makes a difference!). Of course, this also allows the contest to extend easily into highly similar forms of churned creaminess; Tofutti, Coconut Dream, various frozen yogurts – all are well within the purview of your consideration.
As with this past Winter’s Cheese Bracket, the individual options should be read as inclusive of closely related flavors; for instance, if Cherry Garcia is your cream of choice, vote for it as Cherry/Cherry Vanilla. This may mean a bit of finagling – would chocolate mint chip fall under chocolate or mint chocolate chip? – but I’m sure we’ll all manage fine.
Finally, the selections: I relied on Baskin Robbins, various lists of the most popular ice cream flavors (which tended to be U.S.-based), and, of course, tumblrsourcing. There is definitely some personal bias present; deal with it. I did try to be inclusive of modern additions to the repertoire, such as Green Tea and Red Bean; added the semi-generic not-exactly-a-flavor Moosetracks, under duress; and tried to avoid too much overlap. Most of the flavors will be highly familiar; a few are more regional – for instance, I have never encountered Cinnamon ice cream, which I have on good authority is a very popular version, while plenty of others I heard from had never had Black Walnut.
This bracket will start with four contests per day, Monday-Thursday; the winners of Round 1/Week 1 will be announced on Friday. Round 2/Week 2 will be two contests per day, with the final rounds played out over Week 3.
Peruse the bracket! Stake your claims! Bitch about exclusions! Visit the freezer section of your nearest grocery! And VOTE for your crÃ¨me de la crÃ¨me!