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I Like You, Chocolate and Almond-Coated Vanilla Ice Cream Bar

This post originally took place on December 4.

loots of stuffff
Lots of stuff on injera. Mm.

After stuffing myself with injera and stews spanning a wide range of browns at Awash with Tristan and Veronica, I was the only one who wanted dessert. And it was a pretty specific craving.

'I'm looking for a vanilla ice cream bar covered in chocolate and almonds. Needs almonds! OKAY? We'll find this. Let's go to a bodega."

So I dragged them down Amsterdam Avenue while loudly vocalizing* my desire for the right ice cream bar, into the first bodega we came across. They had chocolate covered vanilla ice cream bars, sans almonds. No good. KEEP MOVIN'.

I really wanted a vanilla and almond bar
There it is! Upside-down.

The second bodega was better stocked with the frozen spawn of Häagen-Dazs. Sandwiched between some almond-less ice cream bars was my coveted vanilla and almond bar. I have no idea why I wanted one so badly; I couldn't tell you the last time I had eaten one. Bunch of years? Bunch of years x 2? But, unlike revisiting the Choco Taco—which unfortunately tasted much better the first time I ate on in high school than when I tried it again in May, resulting in me never wanting to eat it again—the vanilla and almond bar tasted exactly as I remembered. Which was, really good. A thick crisp chocolate shell studded with roasted almond bits, with smooth vanilla ice cream innards. What's not to like? So simple, yet, so full of win.

I happily nibbled on my bar as we walked to the subway station. And down the stairs into the station. And while we were riding the subway. I felt as carefree as an ice cream-loving five-year-old, until I took that last messy bite—you know, like, "How do I eat this without making the final bit of barely-solidified ice cream covered by that teetering shard of chocolate shell fall into my lap/on my face...oh, I know, I'll just stick the whole thing in my mouth." After that, I was just a 24-year-old girl ("girl," because I have yet to reach the maturity level of "woman") with a naked saliva-infused popsicle stick.

I didn't grow up eating vanilla and almond bars, so I don't know where the craving came from. Maybe one of you can tell me. But I can't think of any other frozen novelty I'd rather have. Except maybe a chocolate-covered ice cream bar shaped like Mickey's head. That choice is purely based on nostalgia. (Sometimes I feel the urge to try a King Cone again, but I'm pretty sure the experience would crush my childhood memories, like the Choco Taco had done. I'll have to appease my curiosity at some point, though)

* The better the friend I'm around, the less likely I'm able to recognize how annoying I am to the general public, by way of speaking too loudly, making random noises not found in 99% of most people's conversations, and saying "poop" excessively. That's as uninhibited as I'm willing to get. Sorry friends, and general public.


Mikey / December 22, 2009 3:56 AM

Ask any Dutch person what their favorite ice-cream pop/bar is and they WILL say: Magnum. It's comparable to the Haagen-Dasz and sooo good!

Also: mmm, injera.

TheSpatulaQueen / December 22, 2009 9:13 AM

Those cravings just kinda hit like a bag'o bricks from the dark. When I was in Italy I must've nagged everyone going even remotely to the North American region to bring me back a single Reeses cup. For some reason, no amount of Nutella could fulfill that specific gap in my heart/stomach.

Kates / December 22, 2009 11:00 AM

When I was in the UK over the summer, Magnum bars were basically the Haagen Daz bars of Europe. Delicious. But I didn't see any almond ones!

Now I'm looking forward to trying one of these. Mmm, toasted nuts make everything better.

emma / December 22, 2009 11:46 AM

omg magnum bars are awesome! they had those in israel, with who appeared to be eva longoria-parker on the posters with all the different flavors. i had a few different bars while i was there - one was dark chocolate ice cream with toffee and nut bits inside covered in dark chocolate, another was a more regular vanilla ice cream with caramel swirls and nuts covered in chocolate..... mmm so good.

some pictures of the huge billboards reminding you that you are leaving the land of the delicious in the tel aviv airport...

roboppy / December 23, 2009 12:29 AM

Mikey, Sue C, Kates, emma: Daaamn I need to get me a Magnum! Next time I visit a country that sells em. ._.

TheSpatulaQueen: That makes me want...a nutella cup!

adelyn: I haven't said "poop" around you?! WTF! You're "poop" worthy! ...That sounds so wrong. Anyhoo, I'll do it next time.

paige / December 23, 2009 3:38 PM

those haagen dazs bars are my favorite too. their very best is coffee ice cream with chocolate and almond coating. mmmmm. so perfect.

bionicgrrrl / December 24, 2009 12:55 AM

Those are my BF's favorite. We always have a pack in the fridge, either that or Klondike bars. According to him, he has to have ice cream after something spicy. Maybe that's why you craved it? Me, I prefer the chocolate covered chocolate bar. Vanilla doesn't do it for me.

roboppy / December 24, 2009 10:14 PM

paige: I almost bought a coffee one based on your rec...but instead I went with vanilla again. That'll give me an excuse to buy another one. ;)

bionicgrrrl: I like Klondike bars too (hell, who doesnt?), and haven't had one in ages. CRAP I WANT ONE NOW.

tristan / December 27, 2009 11:33 AM

hahahahahahaha i love how we had that amazing ethiopian meal and you wrote the entry about how much you like a chocolate ice cream bar. hahaha

jesi / January 25, 2010 3:39 PM

oh man, i have so many fond memories of choco tacos from my high school days... even got a somewhat melted one as a birthday present once [its so heartwarming when someone loves you enough to buy you a choco taco! bff!]. thanks to your cautions, i will keep them as misty chocolate-flavored memories and not try and recapture them.

jeane / March 28, 2010 9:36 AM

shopping in costco the other day and no good freebies.i am so used to the bites of imported pecorino and hot black coffee in dixie cups,that i was ravenous after the long check out line. costco has the ultimate hand dipped then rolled in toasted almond ice cream bars. only one of these will feed a family of six. j

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