Those people that know me know that there is very little in the world that makes me as happy as ice cream, and I will go to great lengths to acquire it. If you get a late-night text from me, there is a 99.99% chance I’m looking for somebody to go get ice cream with, and no that’s definitely not code, I just really want ice cream.
My favorite part of AU’s meal plan is the TDR ice cream, which is actually really good all things considered. And even though they never have more than three flavors out, if you ask the lady nicely she’ll go get you your favorite flavor.
I think it’s entirely possible that the proudest moment of my entire college experience was when I discovered that you can make your own root beer float in TDR. I sat at my table looking at my cup of root beer and my bowl of vanilla ice cream and then my face lit up as if I’d just discovered fire.
Unfortunately this discovery is less amusing to people when we aren’t in TDR. People seem far more interested in different combinations of alcohol, which is fine, I mean this is college after all. But then I asked myself, “por que no los dos?”
So this fall I began experimenting with different combinations of wine and ice cream to see what works. The truth is it doesn’t always work. You want to make sure the wine is sweeter than the ice cream, or else your cold taste buds will reject a lot of the flavor.
I’ve worked out a couple favorite combos of my own, I encourage you to try these because they are truly a gift from *insert divine entity here*
Pinot Noir and Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey (“The Traditional”)
Pinot is the default wine most people get as a gift because it doesn’t really taste like anything. You smile, accept the gift, put it far away and save it to pair with some good old-fashioned Chunky Monkey. It works because you get a bunch of light flavors in the Chunky that don’t overpower the sad Pinot that you’re trying to make the best of while you contemplate getting new friends.
Yellowtail Pink Moscato and Breyers Strawberry Ice Cream (“Code Pink”)
We all choose to be basic from time to time and grab a Pink Moscato from the Berks store, it’s just a fact of life. And it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the berry tint of the Pink Moscato mixes really well with strawberry ice cream from Breyers. You could even make yourself a really fancy milkshake, and no, you won’t lose your man card.
Barefoot Riesling and a Chocolate Freal (“Better than Sex”)
Rieslings are not so much wine as bottles of liquid sugar. As such, you can be bold in your flavor accompaniments with Rieslings. It’s probably the simplest wine to pair with a light chocolate and the resulting combo is a collision of favorite flavors. This is probably the best combo for a movie date but make sure you remain focused on which pleasure is coming from where.
Sauvignon Blanc and Zoé’s French Vanilla (“The Frenchie”)
If you want to seem really cultured without actually spending more money, go French. The best combination to honor the culture and delicacies of France is by hopping over to Whole Foods and buying a Sauvignon Blanc and some Zoé’s French Vanilla. I’m not joking, it’s actually a fantastically elegant combo but it will give you the worst hangover of your refinely cultured life. A friend told me.
1871 Gewürtztraminer and Häagen Dazs Mango Sorbet (“The Iron Dessert”)
Alright, I know some of you are into them fancy labels. Let me tell you something, there is nothing fancier than an 1871 Gewürtztraminer. Deemed “the elixir of life” by none other than the Iron Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck himself, it is presumed that this is the same wine that convinced the two halves of the German empire to finally unify under the Hapsburg Monarchy. And I bet you it goes well with the tropical ish at Häagen Dazs.