N.C. Double Scoop: Icy Eight
September 8, 2008

We're melting our way to the very end now, and the pressure finally got so great that Dr. Mathra and I had to run out to Andronico's at 10:15 PM to pick up a pint of Sticky Toffee Pudding and another of coffee. (Believe it or not, I had managed to hold off all cravings until then. But since I'm training regularly for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, I am letting myself indulge.)

Whoa. I haven't had Häagen-Dazs coffee in eons and I forgot how freaking coffee-y it is. Slurp. Adding it to my coffee today, actually. I'd do the same with Sticky Toffee Pudding, but it doesn't work as well; the caramel swirl is amazing but then you get all that wet cake gunk at the bottom of the cup.

(Confused? Explanation is here, the big ass bracket is here, and voting is NOW!)

Cookie dough vs. chocolate. Chocolate is a strong default, but I think cookie dough scores higher on the "unable to put down the pint until it's finished" scale. It's an easy call for me -- while I don't eat cookie dough ice cream often, I vastly prefer it to chocolate -- but voters asking themselves which flavor to take to a des(s)ert island for the rest of their lives may have a hard time leaving chocolate back in civilization. Anyone's guess, really.

Cookies and cream vs. mint chocolate chip. Total no-brainer in this voting booth: mint choc all the way. Glark's Fist o' Baby-Bashing Doom is no match for a waffle cone of green crack, compliments of Uncle Louie G. Cookies and cream will fight hard, but I predict victory for Gang Green over the mighty Oreo.

Strawberry vs. peanut butter and chocolate. Just like the little girl with the strawberry curl, strawberry is one of those flavors that when it's good, it's very, very good and I love it. Personally, strawberry turns me into a purist, and as tasty as p.b. and chocolate can be, I do think the classic flavor will take this round.

Vanilla vs. peanut butter cup. …Not so with vanilla, though. As awesome as really good vanilla ice cream can be -- alone or dolled up by your personal balance of caramel sauce, nuts, sprinkles, granola, or splashes of nocino -- I think the "ice cream with stuff in it" is going to win out. Slightly more refined and definitely not as junked up as the Hubbster, p.b. cup is utterly craveable.

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