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June 15, 2005

Whatever happened to plain old chocolate?

I love Sarah's writing at Tomato Nation - and her latest - a rant about her ice-cream choices at the local deli is no exception.

I swear to God, the least complicated pint flavor in the case? Chocolate Almond Heath Bar. Not that it doesn't sound yummy, but when did single-flavor ice cream become a rarity? Because when we went to Baskin Robbins as a kid (my mom was kind of a DNBISS type, but not mercilessly so), they had, like, six flavors available, three of which you could find in Neapolitan, and even that was like, whoa, three kinds in one box? Now Cookies 'n' Creme is practically Amish; every flavor is, like, Fudge Medallion Brickle Jubilee With Raisin-Studded Peeps, and the little signs on the case talk about top notes like it's a wine or something…what ever happened to, you know, coffee? Butter pecan? And the sorbet flavors, oy. Enough with the kiwi. Hairy on the outside, grainy on the inside -- not an association I want in a dessert, frankly. You know what I'd like? Lemon. Just…lemon. Not a kiwi-blueberry infusion, not a mango-loganberry whip, just lemon damn sherbet. Ice, flavoring, spoon, happy.

I was always a strictly chocolate girl myself and I always had it in a cup. No cone. With chocolate jimmies (or as they say in Boston: "chocolate shot".)

Posted by Sheila at June 15, 2005 03:27 PM

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You mean your Baskin Robbins didn't have 31 flavors? You got jipped! Where did you live? Where I grew up we had the mobil Ice Cream Truck that gave you ONE flavor....vanilla. It's name was Mr. Softee! I don't want to discuss the overtones that go along with a grown man driving around an ice cream truck called Mr. Softee, but it was the best soft serve ice cream in the world.

And...always served on a cake cone, I might add. What ever happened to places that only served soft ice cream? Is TCBY still in existence?

Posted by: doug at June 16, 2005 09:51 AM

Yes!! We had the mobile ice cream truck too - with limited choices. Ice cream, and then fudgsicles and ice cream sandwiches.

I grew up in Rhode Island, where Dairy Queen is - ehm - King!!

Posted by: red at June 16, 2005 10:03 AM

Oh God! I cant believe I cant remember the popsicle I always had....we were just talking about it the other day. It was the one that was blue and white...something to do with power. Ugh! Help!

Posted by: Liz at June 16, 2005 02:38 PM

No, wait rocket? Something with rocket....

Posted by: Liz at June 16, 2005 02:38 PM

Liz - I know exactly what you are talking about, but I can't remember the name. I can SEE them before my very eyes!!

Posted by: red at June 16, 2005 04:53 PM

Oh and Doug ... a Baskin Robbins opened in my town when I was around ... 10?? So many of my childhood ice cream memories pre-date the advent of the 31 flavors.

Before then, it was just a local ice cream place, which - sadly - just recently closed.

Posted by: red at June 16, 2005 04:55 PM

Always have been--and probably always will be--a mint chocolate chip man, myself. Not that I don't enjoy other flavors, but that's my favorite. And while not chocolate or vanilla, it is relatively simple and a bit of a classic.

Posted by: Joel Caris at June 17, 2005 12:26 AM

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