I'd have to say out of all iced treats, ice cream and icy poles, plain old vanilla would have to be my favourite. It's so nice on it's on in a cone or served with any kind of pudding, dessert or cake. It has to be a nice one though, that is nice and creamy and smooth. Doesn't necessarily have to be fully of vanilla bean. Just a nice taste of vanilla.
I actually previously mentioned my childhood memory, the "Redskin Split" in my WOW Write on Wednesday writing exercise, "I remember...". Beautiful creamy, soft vanilla inside a raspberry iced coating. Conjures up memories of an old couple who used to drive the streets selling ice creams out of the back of their car when I was a child. The icy poles were packed in dry ice in the back of the car, they'd ring an old school bell and we'd come running from everywhere. Nine times out of ten, that icy pole would stick to our tongue and we'd run to the laundry tap to try and remove it.
Kate mentioned the "Magnum" in her list and I'd like to go one better. Not sure if they're in the UK but the Magnum "Ego" kind of fulfills the icy pole craving and the chocolate caramel craving, all at once. Soft, creamy vanilla ice cream coated with chocolate, then a layer of smoothy gooey caramel and then another layer of thick chocolate. Something I shouldn't eat at all but have as an occasional treat.
About 17 years ago, I lived near a Baskin Robbins store. It was a big deal to walk down to the store on a Sunday afternoon (usually sporting a massive hangover) and order a Jamoca Almond Fudge ice cream sundae complete with whipped cream, hot chocolate fudge and a cherry on top. We do have a Baskin Robbins store not far from us but I've been there once in over 10 years. Somehow I can't justify $5.00 or more for a scoop of ice cream, but boy it was good. Coffee flavoured ice cream with chocolate fudge flowing through it and full of roast almonds.
|[photo & recipe courtesy of David Lebowitz]|
I've saved the best till last. I love anything blood orange flavoured. Sorbet, fizzy drink, juice (with vodka, occasionally), you name it. But there's something about blood orange sorbet that just makes me start to salivate when I think of it. I could eat it all day long in summer time.
Thanks Kate for another great Listography. Check out the other great entries. I'm sure we'll all feel like eating ice cream once we're finished reading. Last thing I feel like eating right now, now that my fingers are nearly frozen here in Australia!