Maybe I'm still smarting from last year's Miss Martha's Ice Cream Crankin' Contest, when my favorite entry finished second place behind a fruity concoction dubbed Mango Madness, but here's what we have to say about the newest flavor:
If the label didn't tell us otherwise, we'd swear it was peach ice cream.
We don't mean to look a gift horse in the mouth. And we certainly don't mean to offend peach ice cream—or the generous folks at Purity Dairies, who dropped off several cartons of new ice cream flavors for us to taste. After all, we love peach ice cream like we love hot cobbler, porch swings, fireflies and the other hallmarks of summer in Nashville. But we were hoping for something a little more exotic.
What we were really hoping for was a carton of Spiced-up Chocolate. The fiery blend of chocolate ice cream, cinnamon and cayenne swept the chocolate category at Miss Martha's last year but failed to take home the overall gold (which isn't gold so much as it is the honor of being made into a Purity specialty ice cream flavor). The panel of expert judges argued the chocolate-pepper combo might not appeal to a wide enough audience, so they went a little more conservative.
We have no doubt that people will like Mango Madness—at least people who like peach ice cream will. We just can't stop thinking about what might have been.
Miss Martha's Ice Cream Crankin' 2008 cranks up Sunday, Aug. 3, 4 to 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. Spiced-up Chocolate, this could be your year!