Ben & Jerry’s Creating “City Churned” Flavors – What Would Evansville’s Flavor Be?
The makers of such flavors as "Cherry Garcia", "Chunky Monkey", Stephen Colbert's "Americone Dream", and one of my favorites, "Chocolate Therapy", are looking for help from residents of some of America's biggest cities to create new flavors that best represent those regions. While Evansville is not on that list, I have a few ideas for flavors that could be considered.
Ski Citrus Soda
Ask any Evansville native, particularly those of us who hail from the west side, to choose between Mountain Dew, Mello Yello, or Ski, and I promise you, at least nine out of ten of us will choose Ski over the others. If you have to ask, "what's the difference?" Then you clearly haven't sucked down an ice cold bottle of Ski on a hot summer's day. Unlike Mountain Dew or Mellow Yellow, Ski Citrus Soda is still bottled at the RC Cola facility on South Kentucky Avenue, and, as the packaging says, mixes in real lemon and orange juice giving it a tangy flavor you won't find in the other two, that would make it a great choice for a sherbet, or sorbet.
Deep Fried Oreo
Clearly Cookies 'N' Cream has been done by nearly everyone who's ever attempted to churn out their own brand of ice cream. But to my knowledge no one has ever tried this way. Deep Fried Oreo's made their debut a few years back at the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival, and has been a city favorite ever since. Considering our love for deep frying everything we can get our hands, deep fried Oreo chunks mixed in with Ben & Jerry's rich and creamy ice cream could be the perfect balance of salty and sweet.
When you are in the mood for donuts, there's one place in Evansville that stands out above all others, and that of course is Donut Bank. Locally owned and operated since first opening its doors in 1967, there's no better place to grab a glazed donut. Imagine glazed donut chunks swirled inside a pint of chocolate ice cream, it could be the new definition of Heaven on Earth.
I'll admit, this sounds atrocious, and I like brain sandwiches, but if I'm going to compile a list of Evansville flavors, Id be doing a disservice if I didn't include it. The brain sandwich is so unique to Evansville, it's been featured on two different Food Network shows over the years; Alton Brown's Feasting on Asphalt, and The Best Thing I Ever Ate. How you would incorporate that into ice cream is beyond me, but if anyone could figure it out, it would be Ben & Jerry's. Maybe they could play off the renewed fascination with zombies, and call it, "Mmmmm, Brains!"
Had I written this list 20 years ago, I would have been more specific and suggested a Sterling Beer flavor, but since Evansville's original brewery that once stood at the intersection of the Lloyd Expressway and Fulton Avenue was torn down in 1998, that's obviously not an option. Perhaps the relatively new Tin Man Brewery on Franklin Street could step in and provide the main ingredient. Regardless, beer is a staple of life in Evansville. With our rich German heritage, most of us are born with the acquired taste pre-programmed in our DNA, meaning a beer flavored ice cream wouldn't stay on the shelves of Schnuck's, Buy Low, Wesselman's, or wherever for long.
Is there anything I missed? Feel free to weigh in with your suggestion in the comments below.