The Psychology of Ice Cream

Today’s guest Fox is Heather Gray.

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I’ve decided that you can tell a lot about a person by knowing their favorite ice cream flavor.

 

For example, I prefer coffee flavored ice cream. That says I’m bold, intelligent, and philosophical. (Mint chocolate chip is my second favorite, which means I like to laugh and that I’m thoughtful and daring.) Then there’s my son. He likes chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. He likes the familiar while still enjoying variety, and he’s handsome. (Yes, his ice cream choice says that.) My husband is a connoisseur of cookies and cream, which tells me that he likes to be around people who make him laugh, enjoys badly-dubbed Kung Fu movies, and prefers solitude over crowds.

 

Variety in ice cream is like variety in life. We can’t all be the same, and really, who’d want to be? So what does your favorite ice cream say about you? Do you like change? Adventure? Are you loyal? A leader? Creative?

 

And just in case you’re wondering, this is a highly scientific practice. It’s called Icecreamology.

 

In preparation for this post, I thought I should do some research about ice cream. I learned quite a bit. For example, Tim Tebow prefers vanilla. Robert Downey, Jr., likes Neapolitan. Jack Nicklaus is all about the butter pecan. (I found this information at BrainyQuotes.com, but In Style and People Magazine have entire online articles dedicated to the favorite flavors of the stars. I’m not quite dedicated enough to do THAT much research, though.)

 

Don Kardong once said that, “Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos.” Now, I’ve never actually heard of Mr. Kardong before, but I think he has a valid point here. And I got the quote from Goodreads, so it has to be true.

 

I’ve written ice cream scenes into more than one book. Ten Million Reasons has a great scene where the heroine insists that only girls eat fruity ice cream…while the hero orders a ridiculously named fruit-flavored ice cream.

 

Most recently is my novella An Informal Christmas.

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Rylie Durham enjoys her ice cream. It’s a special treat. She likes it so much, in fact, that she can’t possibly choose a favorite flavor. As a result, she always has more than one carton in her freezer. The variety is half the fun.

 

Then she asks a handsome man about his favorite flavor.

 

“Vanilla.”

 

The one flavor guaranteed not to cross the threshold of her freezer. After all, who would ever buy vanilla when there are so many other delectable choices out there?

 

Zach York, that’s who.

 

Don’t worry, though. Rylie and Zach knew each other for several months before they had the all-important ice cream conversation. Had they started off with that, they might not have gotten off to as rosy a start as they did. *chuckle*

 

Here’s an excerpt from chapter one of An Informal Christmas:

 

With a shove to the door, she exited the stairwell and stood on a narrow landing with skylights above and a view of the hospital’s lobby below. Ten steps to the left, and she broke through to the hallway-of-no-return. Nobody came up to this floor unless they worked in one of the three departments exiled here. The first door belonged to the chaplaincy. The second led to the main office for the hospital social workers. The third door, decorated with construction paper butterflies and cotton ball caterpillars, was home sweet home — Child Life.

 

“I can’t believe how rude people have become!” Rylie vented about the man in the elevator as she stepped past the colorful decorations and into her domain. Suzie, the part-time department head who kept their ship running tighter than junior size spandex on a burly linebacker, wasn’t at her desk. Their offices were anything but spacious, though, so she was likely still within hearing distance. After all, what was a good venting without someone to listen?

 

“I was running for the elevator, but the guy inside didn’t even wait for me. He let the doors slide closed. Because obviously it wasn’t big enough for two of us.” She left out the part about his back being to her. Absolving him of guilt wasn’t high on her priority list at the moment.

 

Suzie emerged from The Vault, a nether region of their office used for storage. She dusted her hands off and frowned at Rylie. “We have company.” She waved at the man following behind her. “This is Mr. York. He brought several boxes of stuffed animals for our kids.”

 

No way. Not… Lots of guys wore denim jackets, right? It couldn’t be the same…

 

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Wait! Don’t go yet! Comment below and tell me your favorite ice cream flavor and what you think it says about you. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a print copy of An Informal Christmas. The rest of you will have the joy of buying it yourselves. (Good thing the e-book’s only 99c!) ^_^

 

Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B017L07I0G/

 

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About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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24 Responses to The Psychology of Ice Cream

  1. My favorite flavor is strawberry. When I think of strawberry I think fun, flirty (as in strawberry lip gloss from when I was younger 😉 )

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  2. Thank you for letting me guest host Angela! And enjoy your ice cream – if it’s not too cold out! ^_^

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  3. Amanda Fiore says:

    My favorite type of ice cream is vanilla but it must have marshmallow topping…..It must say I’m a simple sweet girl. 🙂

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  4. jeff7salter says:

    Waving wildly to Heather Gray.
    Can’t believe it’s taken us over 30 months to get you back here at 4F1H.
    Now I’ll have to go back to 5-2-13 to see what you had going on back then.
    As for icecreamology, I’d probably flunk your test. For MANY years, my day was not complete without a big bowl of choc. ice cream, preferably BlueBell Dutch Choc.
    Then, in 2010 when I was having terrible stomach problems and began eliminating food groups to try to figure out the cause(s) — turned out to be mostly GLUTEN — I had gone months without ice cream and decided I would NOT get hooked again. So, for these past 5 years, I’ve prob. had ice cream (in whatever form) no more than maybe a dozen times. Go figure.

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  5. jeff7salter says:

    and for any who want to see Heather’s post about FLOWERS — from 5-2-13 — here’s the link:
    https://fourfoxesonehound.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/guest-fox-heather-gray/

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  6. Erin Unger says:

    I love coffee flavored ice cream, too. Almost exclusively. And I already bought your book and can’t wait to read it.

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  7. Wilani Wahl says:

    I love Red Velvet ice cream I am not sure what that says about me.

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  8. Quilly says:

    Vanilla — and that choice says I love chocolate syrup, but like to leave my options open for other topping flavors as well!

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  9. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Welcome back, Heather! I’ve already read An Informal Christmas and loved it! My favorite ice cream flavor is Moose Tracks – except in Michigan it’s often called Deer Tracks! It’s vanilla ice cream with mini-peanut butter cups and fudge. It says I love my sweets.

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    • Hi Patricia! If Moose Tracks has to be renamed to something, better Moose Tracks than some of the alternatives! I can’t imagine what it’s called in the Caribbean…or somewhere where neither moose nor deer are present. Somehow Ferret Tracks doesn’t have the same comfort-food feel to it! 🙂 🙂

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  10. Hi, Heather! Glad to ‘see’ you!
    Oh, how can anyone choose ONE flavor of ice cream? I would drive my father crazy when I was a kid and we’d go to Baskin-Robbins. I’d only choose vanilla, but I LIKE vanilla.(He’d push me to “at least get FRENCH vanilla!”) Then I flel in love with Strawberry-Banana!
    I also love coffee-flavored ice cream and butter pecan, and then there’s pumpkin, which tastes like cold pumpkin pie with LOTS of whipped cream!And then dolce de leche…oooh! And as for mint choc.chip, yes! It was my one crave when I was expecting my first baby,(who will be 32 in Feb.!) A good chocolate is always good.
    What does that say about me?…I’m diverse? Or maybe I’m just all over the place mentally and emotionally?
    It’s good to have you visit.

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