Monday, October 25, 2010


For the last five years of my life, I've had a little obsession with ice cream. It started the year I turned 17 when I spent a summer in San Francisco at art school. I didn't really spend much time paying attention in class or really making much art as I recall. When I think about San Francisco I really just remember laughing with my roommates, chasing boys, and eating good food.

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Between classes I usually didn't have more than an hour to find a place and eat so once I found Specialty's Cafe and Bakery I pretty much stuck to it. It was  right across the street from my Film class and in my memory it was a bakery but I don't remember them having more than cupcakes, cookies and cream sodas. Maybe because that's all I ever ate there.

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Epplers Bakery is another place that stands out in my mind because they had the most delicious chocolate cake I've ever had in my life. No exaggeration needed I have yet to encounter (here five years later) another slice of cake that comes anywhere near what I tasted there. And the slices were as big as your head too. I used to get a slice on Sunday and make it last through the week. That cake was heaven, and if one day I ever make it back to San Fransisco it would be my pleasure t curl up with that cake and happily die.

Mostly though, when the sun set, the boys were chasing other girls, and I'd finished pretending to do my homework, I'd usually find a friend to go with me and wander around the corner to the Liquor Store/little quicky mart and buy some Ben & Jerry's.  It was pretty much the first time in my life that I had been anywhere that you could buy this decadent concoction. To me, little pint sized fancy ice creams were something that people ate in movies, in fact the only other place that I had ever even seen Ben & Jerry's in real life was when I was in New York for four days with my aunt (I was 15 and it was the biggest thrill of my life). And I tell you the second I saw it, I knew I had to buy it. The flavor was Pistachio Pistachio and I ate it for breakfast every single day we were there.

And now, here I was again in a big city and I swear to god this little quicky mart seemed to sell only beer, bananas and every flavor of Ben & Jerry's legally sold in the U.S. It was unreal. I remember staring at the freezer wide eyed plotting to try every single flavor before I had to leave this fattening utopia and go back home.I tried 12 flavors before I left for Nashville and later that fall, through the grace of god, my local grocery store started carrying Ben & Jerry's too. And there, that moment is when the sickness began.

At this point any time I'm anywhere outside my regular shopping area I'll check the freezer section of just about anyplace to see if they have a flavor I haven't tried yet. And like a freak of nature I have been keeping track all this time of each flavor. Which brings me to the purpose of this post. I have ladies and gentlemen reached a personal milestone, today, after trying both Pumpkin Cheesecake and Carrot Cake, I have officially tasted 50 flavors. If there was every any doubt of my foodie status, I think this display should pretty much prove my dedication.
  1. American Pie
  2. Americone Dream
  3. Banana Split
  4. Boston Cream Pie
  5. Brownie batter
  6. Carrot Cake
  7. Cherry Garcia
  8. Cherry Garcia {Body and Soul}
  9. Chocolate chip cookie dough
  10. Chocolate fudge brownie
  11. Chocolate Fudge Brownie {Body and Soul}
  12. Chocolate therapy
  13. Chubby Hubby
  14. Chunky Monkey
  15. Cinnamon Buns
  16. Coconut chocolate chunk
  17. Dave Mathews Band magic brownies
  18. Dublin Mudslide
  19. Everything but the?
  20. Fossil Fuel
  21. Fudge central
  22. Half Baked {Body and Soul}
  23. Imagine Whirled Peace
  24. In a Crunch
  25. Jamaican Me Crazy
  26. Karamel Sutra
  27. Marsha Marsha marshmallow
  28. Milk And Cookies
  29. Mint Chocolate Chunk
  30. Mint Chocolate Cookie
  31. Mud Pie
  32. Neapolitan Dynamite
  33. New York super fudge chunk
  34. Oatmeal cookie chunk
  35. One Cheesecake Brownie
  36. Peanut Butter Cup
  37. Phish food
  38. Pistachio Pistachio
  39. Pumpkin Cheesecake
  40. Strawberry Cheesecake
  41. Sweet Cream & Cookie
  42. S’mores
  43. The Gobfather
  44. Triple Caramel Chunk
  45. Turtle Soup
  46. Uncanny Cashew
  47. Vanilla
  48. Vanilla Heath bar crunch
  49. Vermonty Python
  50. Willie Nelson’s Country Peach Cobbler
I don't really know if I should be proud at this point but boys, you've stuck with me through diets, breakups, and though marathons. So Ben, Jerry, here's to another 50, it's been a wild ride.


  1. haha, that's kind of a cute story :) i really loove ben and jerry's as well although i certainly can't keep up with your list. i don't think we have half as many flavours in europe as you have in the us :/

  2. lol a lot of their flavors are seasonal so it's mostly a matter of keeping your eyes peeled. I don't think they ever have more than 10 or 12 out at a time.


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