From a Plinky prompt: “Chocolate or Vanilla?”
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.