Chocolate or Vanilla?

From a Plinky prompt: “Chocolate or Vanilla?”


Giant Vanilla Cupcake

Probably one of my defining characteristics is that I’m pretty anti-vanilla.

And not just vanilla in the literal sense, but even moreso the figurative vanilla.

I don’t like the plain, the default, the norm.

I don’t care for vanilla ice cream. At least not unless it’s as a base for tasty toppings.

Given a choice, I’ll get the pizza that’s not pepperoni. I will not eat bologna sandwiches. I eat plain potato chips only as a means of consuming dip. And so on and so forth.

There are a few exceptions. I drink Diet Coke, probably the most normative of diet drinks.

So getting back to the question, it depends on what we’re talking about. With ice cream, my preference would be neither. Both options are pretty vanilla. Give me fried ice cream, or blackberry cobbler ice cream, or pumpkin pie ice cream, or whatever else happens to be new in my grocer’s freezer.

But, if I have to choose between the two, I’ll go with chocolate ice cream, because it’s a little less vanilla.

But if, on the other hand, we were talking about, say, flavors of milk, I’d go with the vanilla milk, because chocolate milk is totally vanilla.

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13 Responses

  1. Vanilla is Awesome!

  2. Are we the same person? I’ve always said vanilla is just plain … well, vanilla! And I’m a Diet Coke addict to boot, and just mentioned that in my recent post. πŸ˜‰

    I think the way one answers the whole chocolate or vanilla debate says much about character — not good or bad either way, just insightful about how you approach life.

    I’m chocolate all the way, baby! πŸ˜‰

  3. “Chocolate milk is totally vanilla”… cute!

    I love vanilla soy milk. (I can already hear people saying “ewwww”) πŸ™‚

  4. If you want different just go to the Texas Stat Fair in dallas and get everything you can think of Fried πŸ™‚

  5. coffee milk coffee ice cream. done and done.

  6. Cheers to outside-the-box foodies! And I love the line, “Chocolate milk is totally vanilla.” That would make a great t-shirt or bumper sticker! πŸ™‚

  7. I feel the same. vanillla sucks, chocolate rules. but ok yes i love vanilla soy milk too haha

  8. Funny, I consider chocolate to be the “norm” when it comes to ice cream, candy, or any confection. I’m not a huge fan of the ubiquitous super sweet chocolate, so I go out searching for the non-chocolate flavors of ice cream and candy. One time I went into Baskin Robbins, and of their 31 flavors, only 5 did not have chocolate in some form.

  9. It seems like you just want the opposite of the norm. Like you only don’t like it because everyone else does. But good for you for doing your own thing. πŸ™‚

  10. I AM SO WITH YOU on this. Thank goodness, someone has finally written about this earth-shattering issue. I only wish it were me and I got Freshly Pressed because of it. Congrats.

  11. Tara — It’s not really about not liking something because everybody else does, it’s about wanting variety. I grew up with a lot of the norm, and as a result have sort of reached my quota for life on a lot of those things. I ate my share of vanilla ice cream and pepperoni pizza by the time I was 18 and really don’t need any more if I have a choice.

    Lindsay — Thanks! Yeah, I was proud of that line. I’ve already had someone use that as a quote on their blog. πŸ™‚

  12. Mikalee — Yeah, I think there are a handful of questions like that that reveal who you are in quick format — Chocolate or vanilla? Beatles or Elvis? Superman or Batman? Etc. Etc. Get somebody to answer even just those three, and you’ve got a decent peek into their personality.

  13. I was gonna comment on vanilla but once I read the part about pumpkin pie ice cream I totally lost focus.
    Mother of all that is holy that sounds delicious.

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