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What does your ice cream say about you?

Have you ever been asked that all-important question? You know, the one that divides us into two camps?

Everyone has a clear position in this debate: Are you a chocolate or a vanilla person?

We defend our choice with a connection to certain personality traits.

That’s like saying preferring chocolate over vanilla means one is more adventurous or enjoys luxury, while lovers of vanilla boast of revelling in tradition and being adaptable (vanilla goes with everything).

Did you know there have been studies done to evaluate one’s personality against one’s choice of ice cream flavour?

I wish I could have gotten that grant; I would have tested all the theories.

Our choices tend to represent our character, so you have to think there is some truth to this kind of project. I’ll give you some morsels to ponder here, and my own two cents.

Maybe you will add your comments below and we can see how it all shakes out. Or maybe we’ll just eat more ice cream. Either way, I think we win.

All right, let’s get down to brass tacks – here’s the scoop: (sorry, I couldn’t resist)

  • VANILLA – Baskin Robbins found in its survey that vanilla lovers tended to be impulsive (really?) and idealists. (I think if choosing vanilla was impulsive, you aren’t an idealist, you’re just someone with a smaller comfort zone. Learn to live a little; at least ask for sprinkles. Then you can say you’re impulsive.)
  • CHOCOLATE – if this is your pick, you are said to be any of these: dramatic, charming, and gullible; or in another study, committed, sensitive to others, harmonious. Take what you will… (Does this not seem like a broad spectrum here? I think perhaps the word “romantic” might have summed it up better. Us chocolate lovers like to imagine things are better and hope that is true. Just like some chocolate ice cream isn’t as wonderful as we’d like, sometimes the world isn’t either. But we keep hoping.)
  • STRAWBERRY – This seems to be a dividing line. Regardless of your preference for chocolate or vanilla, you probably have a firm opinion on strawberry. Baskin Robbins says if you love it, you’re tolerant and an introvert. Another study found similar results, citing the qualities of kindness and striving for harmony in everything you do.
  • (Never fear, I don’t think this means if you dislike strawberry ice cream, you’re a meanie. I prefer to believe that like me, you perhaps are just looking for something more exciting, unless you’re getting homemade fresh berry ice cream.)
  • BUTTER PECAN or PRALINES & CREAM — (These are seen as interchangeable in test scores. We won’t debate their finer notes here, let’s just go with it.) Would it surprise you to know this flavour seems to represent loving, supportive people who are responsible and empathetic, but don’t like too much attention. (Does that mean responsible and empathetic are the emotional equivalents of sweet and crunchy?

I wonder if this connection is a bit too literal, with an “ooey-gooey” flavour getting the connotation of that same kind of personality. Would it work in reverse – if we ate more butter pecan ice cream would we become more loving and responsible? I think it’s worth a try!)

  • ROCKY ROAD – Here is an easy one. If this is your flavour, I bet you are fun loving and adventurous just as the studies showed. One study did cite aggressive as another quality, and Baskin Robbins added that you are a good listener (is that because you often have to pay more attention when you’re off the beaten path? If you’re comfortable with nuts and marshmallows in one scoop of ice cream, I would expect you to be an easy-going person looking to live life fully. You go!)

I could go on with many more flavours, but I think you get the idea.

Then, we could debate the meaning of choosing a bowl or a cone, and a regular cone versus a waffle cone. (I just want to know why they couldn’t make sugar cones bigger.)

The essential element to remember here is the pure enjoyment of the exercise. Take your enjoyment of the ice cream seriously, but don’t take the choosing too seriously or you might miss the fun altogether.

I just have one note of caution: beware the rainbow sherbet. Baskin Robbins apparently found that lovers of this flavour are analytical and pessimistic. If you are looking for a good time, you want to find the people that picked mint chocolate chip or cookie dough.

Just sayin’…

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About the Author

Kristin Peturson-Laprise is a customer experience specialist by trade, which means she is someone passionate about people having a good time. 

Her company, Wow Service Mentor, helps businesses enhance their customer experience through hands-on training, service programs, and special event coordination.

Kristin enjoys her own experiences too, and that is what she writes about in this column. She and her husband Martin Laprise (also known as Chef Martin, of The Chef Instead) love to share their passion for food and entertaining.  

Kristin says:

"Wikipedia lists a gourmand as a person who takes great pleasure in food. I have taken the concept of gourmandise, or enjoying something to the fullest, in all parts of my life. I love to grow and cook food, and I loved wine enough to become a Sommelier. I call a meal a success when I can convey that 'sense of place' from where the food has come . . . the French call that terroir, but I just call it the full experience. It might mean tasting the flavours of my own garden, or transporting everyone at the table to a faraway place, reminiscent of travels or dreams we have had."


E-mail Kristin at:  [email protected]

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