April 06, 2004

Ben and Stoli

Rose alerted me to this article about vodka-flavored ice cream. Predictably, some people are outraged that such a product will cause children to want to drink, although the article reminds us that rum raisin ice cream has been around for a while and seems not to have inspired too many preschool benders. When I was a kid, I thought rum raisin was kind of gross, myself. But that brings us to the other point. Vodka flavor? As Rose says, "What flavor would that be?" Vodka is probably the alcohol with the least flavor of its own around. Which is probably why it's my favorite, but as an ice cream flavor -- what's the point?

Posted by Francis at 03:19 PM

The same reason that kids like to eat rum chocolates, silly! So that they can pretend they're drunk and do things like attempt to make out with their babysitters when they're 10. Not that I ever did such a thing, of course. Because that would be pitiful.

Posted by: drew at April 6, 2004 05:38 PM

Amy's Ice Creams in Austin has offered ice cream flavors made with Guinness and Shiner Bock (not together ... separately) in the past. They put asterisks next to their ice-cream flavors that contain alcohol, and make it clear that these are not flavors for kids. So far, I've heard no complaints, except for a friend who actually tried the Guinness ice cream and said it was just too strange.

Posted by: jette at April 6, 2004 05:49 PM

I have had Guinness ice cream! (I think it was at Toscanini's, in Boston.) And...it was strange. One taste spoon was sufficient.

Posted by: Francis at April 6, 2004 05:54 PM

I had Toscanini's Guinness ice cream and rather enjoyed. Then again, I'd been drinking beer for several hours so maybe my taste buds were just finding comfort in the familiar.

Posted by: Frolic at April 6, 2004 10:29 PM

If they can get away with Kahlua and Cream at Baskin and Robbins...

Posted by: Maelstrom at April 7, 2004 01:12 AM