Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Chocolate, Cake, Biscuits Or Icecream?


You have to choose.

There's always one that comes first, isn't there? The one that dissolves your will in the face of the best intentions. Maybe it's the come-hither looks of a Cadbury's Twirl from the vending machine, perhaps it's the splendid victoria sponge that winks at you from the cake-stand at afternoon tea, the siren call of a new Ben and Jerry's flavour from the freezer aisle or the comforts of the traditional biscuit tin, drawing you wrist-deep into piles of jammy dodgers and chocolate hobnobs.

Come on. If you had to pick one, at the expense of the others, til the end of time. Which would it be?




Me, I love icecream. I LOVE IT. I tell you what gets me - the bells and bloody whistles you get on it these days. Ever since B&J's rocked up on our shores with their crazy chuck-anything-in philosophy, my interest (piqued at a young age by Gino Ginnelli's maverick Tutti Frutti flavour) has turned into an obsession. I can't walk past the counter at the Vue cinema without my stomach turning into an empty pit of longing. Marshmallow on the Coconut Choo-Choo Bus? I'll have a three scooper please.

What's really brilliant though, is icecreams on holiday. Icecreams in Europe are next level. Even the  tiniest corner shop has 19320303 flavours, including BLUE FLAVOUR and pistachio (icecream flavour of the kings), both of which are inexplicably unavailable in the UK. Of course, because you're on holiday it is the LAW that you have to have an icecream every day, because it's not a proper holiday if you don't put on at least 5lbs. Right? Right? Right?



Icecream is so bad for you though, isn't it? It's so bad for you.

Don't eat it. Don't even think about eating it. Don't look any of these lovely pictures of food because it will make you want to eat something sugary and naughty.

What's your poison?

6 comments:

  1. Chocolate, definitely chocolate. Or maybe ice cream. No chocolate. Maybe chocolate ice cream?

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    1. It is far too difficult - I fear I may be cheating by picking icecream, because nowadays you can all of the other three IN the icecream.

      I will allow chocolate icecream.

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  2. Caaaaaaaaake. Definitely cake. Like that first picture? I want to put my FACE in it. There's something all kinds of magical about cake, stirring together raw eggs, flour, sugar and butter and ending up with spongey delicate awesomeness. Tasty magic.

    I do love Italian gelato though. G and I went to Rome for 6 days and managed to eat 8 gelato each during that time. My excuse is it was Very Hot. So I probably sweated out at least half the gelato.

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    1. What is the difference between icecream and gelato? I thought for the longest time that gelato was just Americans calling things silly names again, but it isn't, is it? It's an Italian thing.

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  3. I don't think they're dissimilar. I thought gelato was just the Italian word for ice-cream, but apparently there is a difference. I think it's got less fat in it perhaps. It is texturally different to 'normal' ice-cream, fewer or smaller ice crystals and sort of a bit... 'gloopier' but in a good way. Gelato is my favourite type of ice-cream, with the exception of blackberry and clotted cream ice-cream from a shop in Padstow, Cornwall, which is frankly akin to an orgasm in a cone.

    K x

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  4. AGH such a toughie but I think I have to agree with ice cream. I love it, and what's more hardly ever get to have it because we don't have a freezer! My all time best combo, discovered at an amazing place in Bordeaux was pistachio ice cream (also my fave) with lemon sorbet. Shouldn't work but so does! I'm also partial to lemon meuringue flavour from Jus' Desserts in St ives topped with a dollop of clotted cream, and Lidl's tirimasu flavour. Oh, and pralines and cream.

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