February 21, 2017
A Party With a Purpose
Don’t get us wrong, we love a good ice cream party. We’ve been known to walk for miles in freezing temperatures, fighting back snowflakes the size of pint lids while carrying a backpack full of Ben & Jerry’s to attend ice cream parties. They’re kind of our thing.
But we’ve recently gotten hooked on a new kind of party. (Don’t worry, there’ll still be ice cream.) We bring you: the guess-the-flavor party.
How Does It Work?
First, gather all your nearest and dearest. Your besties. Your neighbors. Your silly aunt Pam. That guy at work that you’ve been crushing on. You know the drill. Then, blindfold your friends (either one at a time or all together) and place in front of them three small bowls of ice cream (you might have to help them with the scooping). As they try each one, have them guess which Ben & Jerry’s flavor it is. Whoever gets the most right is crowned the official Ice Cream Champion.
Pro tip: We like to tell the blindfold-ee what the three flavors in front of them are (just not which is which!), so that all they need to do is match the flavor to the bowl. But for your flavor wizard friends, you might skip this and not tell them the flavors. Now that’s a challenge!
Ready to pick your flavors? Obviously, you could have a guess-the-flavor party with any Ben & Jerry’s flavors under the sun. But we have some ideas for which trios work the best for stumping your party-goers. Start with the easy level, and work your way up to Flavor Guru-level mastery.
Level: Easy Peasy
This level is for the beginners: Strawberry Cheesecake, Red Velvet Cake, and Cherry Garcia. There’s plenty to distinguish these flavors from each other, both in flavor and texture. Start here to build up your guests’ flavor confidence.
This is where it gets really fun. See if your guests can parse the differences between Half Baked, Everything But The…, and The Tonight Dough. They all feature two different ice cream flavors and a whole boatload of wild chunks, so this one should stump a few tasters.
Level: Flavor Guru
No, passing this level won’t actually make you a Flavor Guru, but it does put you on par with the world’s most respected ice cream palates. See if you can guess which is which among Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Chocolate Therapy, and Phish Food. This is the level that separates the calves from the cows, as we say around here.
Best of luck to you, taster extraordinaire! We hope you stump a few friends, have a pint-load of laughs, and maybe even make a few new buds. After all, ice cream is all about coming together. For ice cream.
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