When’s the last time you had Strawberry Ice Cream?
When made properly and honestly, its simplicity can be a wonderful change from the trying-too-hard complexity of today’s ice cream flavours.
Strawberry used to be part of the triumvirate of ice cream flavours that ruled supreme — vanilla, chocolate and strawberry — and were so popular that they even appeared together in a North American version of Neapolitan ice cream. Now, though, strawberry ice cream has been relegated to the attic where old flavours get packed away, hauled out only from time to time.
But how wonderful it was! Especially when the strawberry ice cream was a delicate pink and had nice, jammy chunks of real, frozen strawberry in it.
In later years, the flavour was cheapened with artificial strawberry flavour and lurid pink colour to minimize the amount of actual fruit the ice cream producer had to spend money on. It may partly have been this cheapening of the product that led to its decline, but then times and fashions change as well.
Treat yourself to some strawberry ice cream today. Try to find a quality brand with visible real strawberry in it, if only just to remember how good such a simple flavour used to be.