Just Plain Vanilla ice cream should not be ignored! Or so I have decided.
I've spent several letters of the alphabet talking about how you can enhance, change, update, play, and experiment with ice cream flavors and concoctions. Truth- there is much fun to be had with ice cream, but without the basics, we would not have the creativity.
Child number 3 loves Just plain vanilla, so I made some the other day. I licked the spoon when I was done (adults get to have fun with this too!) and while vanilla is not my favorite, there is something special in its simplicity. Smooth and creamy, sweet but not overwhelming, it's a comfort flavor. Think of the way it can complete a piece of chocolate cake or warm blueberry pie (just ask my Dad), or how it make soda fizz even more creating a creamy sweet drink. Since I can't stop creating new flavors (I've tried), I added some blueberry butter to half of the batch I made for child #3 along with some chocolate chips. The result is a Vanilla Blueberry (or the purple ice cream as my daughter referred to it) which does not have an overwhelming blueberry flavor. I love chocolate and fruit, so I added some chocolate chips and the result was this:
So, when someone says "I'll have vanilla ice cream" think of it as more than Just Plain Vanilla, I know I will.