Ice cream comforts the soul and brings people together, as I am most certainly sure that any of you would agree, whether you be a child, middle-aged man, or an elderly woman.
Realistically, ice cream could be considered the medicine of the modern world. It works after a tear-jerking breakup, it works after being told that you won’t be able to go to DisneyLand, it works after having surgery, and it definitely works as the concluding meal at a Thanksgiving dinner.
But, how does this feasibly turn out to be the case? At the end of the day, there are a countless variety of ice cream flavors, toppings, brands, and containers. Whenever ice cream is administered people become happier, yet with all the different opinions you would believe it to tear relationships apart.
In order to answer that question I suppose it should be determined first if people really do have all that different of preferences.
For this, I went to Boston’s very own City Hall Plaza to ask people to imagine their designer version of an ice cream treat, in an environment that could almost be considered their natural habitat.
Cookies and Cream ice cream on a waffle cone with no toppings is what Sarah had the confidence to say.
Fernanda confessed that she prefered Pistachio ice cream in a normal sugar cone without added toppings.
And Devyn couldn’t help but spill the fact that she is a fan of Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream in a bowl with whipped cream and potentially fudge added on top.
According to the statistics that I assembled from interviews and peer polling, of the 29 flavors tallied, only 6 could find a common ground in the savior that was Cookie Dough ice cream.
But from there, things only got worse. When at last I thought that there was a shred of hope, I found out that people were divided in the choice of toppings across the board. And the same went for the container. Why couldn’t people just decide on rainbow sprinkles, or a waffle cone?
Continuing on my long, frosty journey I was in dismay, until finally, I came across J.P. Licks, an ice cream shop in Harvard Square. When I was there, I had the pleasure of speaking to Kate Lummis, an employee.
She told me what I had been looking for. She said that cookies and cream ice cream, sugar cones, and M&M’s seemed to be the concoction that was most popular. At long last, the ice cream community could unify around this plan.
Except that it won’t happen.
People are free, and certainly already do, like their own little ice cream haven, that they have deduced over years of research and fine tuning, and there is nothing wrong with that.
Unless you like Cookie Dough, because that is unacceptable.