Last week’s Top Ten Candies brought about some strong emotions. Pretty much every candy I listed got trashed: Kit Palmer created his own top 10 completely ignoring all of my choices (diss!), and Bryan Allain not only trashed Sweet Tarts but went so far as to try to introduce candy cigarettes into the top ten.
This is a family blog folks.
So in the interest of providing a chance for unity and reconciliation, I present to you the Top Ten Ice Cream Flavors of all-time. Surely there will be no disagreement when it comes to ice cream:
10) Turkey Hill Tin Roof Sunday – chocolate-covered peanuts in a fudge-swirled Vanilla ice cream. And this one’s just a warm-up.
9) Haagen-Dasz Cookies and Creme – ice cream with anything resembling Oreo cookies has got to be a good thing
8) Rainbow Sherbet – is this really ice cream? I don’t know, but it’s in the ice cream section, it’s cold, and I love it
7) Ben and Jerry’s Chubby Hubby – seeing as how pretzels are my favorite snack food, how about a little Fudge Covered Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels in Vanilla Malt Ice Cream Rippled with Fudge & Peanut Butter . . .
6) Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – many a time I’ve eaten an entire pint of this, garnering 1080 calories, 56 grams of fat, 176% of my daily allowance for saturated fat, and 60% of my daily calcium. That last one keeps me coming back for more.
5) Ben and Jerry’s Fish Food – nutritional information about the same as the cookie dough variety, but in this one you get ripples of marshmallow . . . and little chocolate fish.
4) Turkey Hill Chocolate – the classic chocolate can’t be beat. Wait, it’s number four. It can only be beat by . . .
3) Baskin Robbins Rocky Road – almonds and marshmallows perfectly combined in a vat of chocolate. Can someone clone this flavor and put it in brussel sprouts? Or broccoli? Or anything that’s good for me?
2) Cold Stone Creamery Mud Pie Mojo – a lot of Coldstone Creameries in the northeast are going out of business, so I support the one remaining store in our area with zeal. You have to be careful though – sometimes I wonder if their cost cutting measures involve less mix-ins. But a Mud Pie Mojo (coffee ice cream with Oreos, almonds, peanut butter, fudge sauce and marshmallow cream) properly made is chunky and delicious and nearly unbeatable, except by . . .
1) Turkey Hill Vanilla – that’s right, folks, Vanilla. Not just for what it is, but for the opportunities it presents. I tend to eat it with Cheerios loaded on top. Or use it to dip pretzels or potato chips in. Or sometimes, in the summer, I’ll douse it in grape Kool-Aid. Nothing beats Vanilla.
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